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Master by coursework

Specialise in mineral exploration and mining geology and advance your technical expertise.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Science (Geology)
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Applied Geology

Linda Yang

The Master of Science (Geology) was well-organised and acted as a guide for students to start with basic knowledge and to progress to the highest level in petroleum geology. It contained practical industrial projects that contributed to the practice of theoretical knowledge. This project work was very valuable.


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked 40th in the world for earth and marine sciences (QSWUR by Subject 2020)

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Geologists study how the Earth works, including processes that have a major impact on our current and future wellbeing, such as the formation of geological resources, natural hazards, climate change and the movements of contaminants and pollutants through soil and rock. 

Geologists locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and groundwater. They are also involved in detecting and monitoring natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and floods.

This course offers detailed knowledge of mining geology and mineral systems. You'll learn about the principal types of ore deposits, the fundamentals of mineral exploration, geochemical processes, collecting and displaying geophysical data and resource estimation, among other topics. You'll also complete a supervised project related to mineral exploration and mining geology.

From the field to the lab, the knowledge you'll gain in this course will help you drive advancements in mineral exploration. You'll gain technical and practical training that will help you evaluate mineral systems and pursue a career in the mineral exploration industry. The advanced technical training you'll complete can also help you to upgrade your qualifications or to enter a new branch of geoscience.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • You'll gain technical and practical training that will help you evaluate mineral systems and pursue a career in the mineral exploration industry.

Career information

This course can open up a wide range of geoscience career opportunities depending on your choice of units.

What you'll learn

  • apply advanced geological principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations
  • analyse and synthesise complex geological problems using logical scientific methods and creative thinking at an abstract level
  • synthesise geological data on a range of spatial and temporal scales to make interpretations that allow for scientific uncertainty
  • communicate technical research skills concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions for specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • employ technical and communication skills to design, collect, analyse and theorise geological data that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • acquire an extensive geological knowledge and expertise from a range of sources in a variety of situations to enable the planning and execution of a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship
  • appreciate international perspectives on geoscience and recognise the importance of global standards for the collection and reporting geological data
  • recognise the need for sustainable use of Earth’s resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological activities
  • work ethically and professionally with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability as an individual and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively

Admission criteria

A recognised bachelor degree in geology or a closely related discipline.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic:
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE):

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

There is considerable flexibility in the course structure with some units available in a concentrated, short-course format. Part of the research project may be undertaken in a short, intensive period.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $28,716*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-GLGY
  • CRICOS code: 084800F
  • Last updated on: 27/09/2022