This course is available for entry:
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
200 credit points taken over 2 years full-time.
This course is available as full or part-time for domestic students (with approval from Head of School).
Your course will comprise of:
- Discipline core subjects (75-112.5 points)
- Core practical work (50 points)
- Professional skills subjects (37.5-62.5 points)
Subject to performance in GEOL90022 Practical Earth Science A and accompanying coursework, and subject to supervisor availability, students may undertake a 25 point research project. This project would be designed for students who demonstrate high aptitude and potential for research. Upon successful completion of the research project, students may be eligible to apply to study for a PhD at the University of Melbourne.View the Handbook
Sample course plan
Core subject Elective subject Professional Skills subject Project subject
Sample Study Plan
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
|Tectonics & GeodynamicsCore||12.5|
Tectonics & Geodynamics
This subject covers geological processes involved in large-scale tectonics and introduces advanced topics in structural and metamorphic geology. Topics include the structure and composition of the Earth; plates defined in terms of the thermal and rheological structure of the outer part of the Earth; isostasy; stress and strain in the crust and lithosphere; structural and metamorphic processes in orogenic belts, their origin and their relationship to continental amalgamation and fragmentation; intraplate deformation; deformation mechanisms; shear zone processes; the analysis of poly-deformed terranes and high grade metamorphic processes including partial melting and melt loss.
Detailed Information GEOL30002
|Geochemistry & PetrogenesisCore||12.5|
Geochemistry & Petrogenesis
Solving geological problems requires unravelling what happened and when. Petrogenesis is literally 'the origin of rocks' and in this subject several essential tools geologists employ to unravel the complexity of earth processes using chemical information preserved in rocks and minerals will be presented. These include the major, trace element and isotopic compositions of rocks and minerals. Most of this subject relates to igneous processes, however many of the tools can be applied to a broad range of geological problems. These include dating the formation of sedimentary rocks and ore deposits, constraining the ages of metamorphic events, and unravelling palaeoclimate records. In addition ...
Detailed Information GEOL30004
|Geobiology and PalaeobiologyCore||12.5|
Geobiology and Palaeobiology
Geobiology and palaeobiology involve the study of interactions between Earth’s geosphere and biosphere, and how these interactions impact or reflect environmental conditions. This subject includes the fields of geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, biomineralization, fossilization and palaeontology. This subject will survey the fundamental principles used in geobiology and palaeobiology, explain how biological processes influence most geochemical reactions in the Earth’s regolith and oceans, and show how palaeoenvironmental conditions controlled the evolution and preservation of geologically ancient lifeforms as fossils. This subject will demonstrate how fundamental knowledge of microbially-m...
Detailed Information GEOL30007
|Practical Earth Science ACore||12.5|
Practical Earth Science A
The subject will provide individual Masters-level training in laboratory and/or field techniques that serve as preparation for the completion of a capstone subject in the Master of Geoscience. The techniques applied will differ depending on the individual capstone project offered by staff members. For example, a capstone project on ‘diamond exploration’ will include laboratory training and skills development in kimberlite and related rock tectonic settings, kimberlite and related rock petrology, kimberlite and related rock mineralogy and geochemistry, kimberlite genesis and eruption processes and economic (diamond) potential. A capstone project on ‘sedimentary basin hydrogeology’ will in...
Detailed Information GEOL90022
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
Topics covered include the geological setting and genesis of major metalliferous deposits; magmatic, magmatic hydrothermal, submarine hydrothermal and surficial deposits of major metalliferous and non-metallic resources will be integrated with fluid inclusions, stable isotope, petrographic and field studies.
Detailed Information GEOL30006
|Earth's Biogeochemical CyclesCore||12.5|
Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles
The chemical composition of the atmosphere, ocean and crust is bound up with the evolution of life. Changes in this composition also underlie many environmental issues such as climate change. This course introduces students to the distribution of carbon, oxygen, sulphur, nitrogen, and other elements within the solid earth, ocean and atmosphere and the processes that control their fluxes. Topics include the cycling of key elements between the various reservoirs, the role of biological and physical processes and the perturbation of these cycles. The concepts of mass balance and dynamic equilibrium will underpin these separate areas.
Detailed Information GEOL90021
|Practical Earth Science BCore||12.5|
Practical Earth Science B
The subject will provide individual Masters-level training in laboratory and/or field techniques that serves as preparation for the completion of a capstone subject in the Master of Geoscience. The techniques applied will differ depending on the individual capstone project offered by staff members. For example, a capstone project on ‘diamond exploration’ will require laboratory training and skills development in mantle petrology, mantle rock mineral chemistry, diamond crystallography and mineralogy, indicator mineral chemistry and diamond exploration techniques. A capstone project on ‘sedimentary basin hydrogeology’ will require field/laboratory training in basin geohydrology, water geoch...
Detailed Information GEOL90023
|Professional Skills Subjects||Points|
|Scientists, Communication & the WorkplaceOther||12.5|
Scientists, Communication & the Workplace
This subject examines the workplace environment and the range of competencies needed to operate effectively. Communication is central to success in the workplace, from proposing projects, consulting and influencing colleagues, through to reporting. Students will gain a range of communication skills in writing, oral and presentation skills, and using graphics and statistics, to communicate science to others with whom they work.
Detailed Information SCIE90006
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
This subject will investigate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the fundamental physical and chemical processes governing groundwater flow and composition, including aquifer properties, regional geology and hydrology, water-rock interactions, and subsurface microbial activity. Field and laboratory methods used to characterize aquifer properties and groundwater chemistry, including well pumping tests, chemical tracers, and major ion and isotope analyses will also be covered. A two-day field excursion will draw together many of these concepts and topics.
Detailed Information GEOL90005
|Introduction to Geological CO2 StorageCore||6.25|
Introduction to Geological CO2 Storage
The assessment and development of deep subsurface CO2 l storage sites requires a diverse range of technical skills as well as a good understanding of regulatory and environmental protection requirements and objectives, and socio-political advocacy. This course comprises five days of lectures and practical exercises covering the workflow of technical / scientific assessments, discussing common problems and industry best-practice to achieve safe and secure geological storage of CO2. Following an introductory ‘back-story’ to carbon capture and carbon utilisation, the work flow will commence with basin and play scale analyses and rapidly focus onto portfolio management for storage site screen...
Detailed Information GEOL90043
|Mine Safety and EngineeringCore||6.25|
Mine Safety and Engineering
The unit is designed to give a basis for understanding the various elements that make up the mine environment, and how to control and regulate it to achieve a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace conducive to performance and efficiency.
Detailed Information GEOL90033
|Practical Igneous PetrologyCore||6.25|
Practical Igneous Petrology
The course is intended for Honours students and other Post-Graduate students with an interest in the formation and evolution of basic and ultrabasic magmas and their relationship to magmatic ore deposits.
Detailed Information GEOL90034
|Ore Deposit ModelsCore||6.25|
Ore Deposit Models
This course provides an introduction to the key features of several major classes of economically important mineral deposits. Each deposit style will be discussed in terms of geological and tectonic framework, mineralisation, alteration, genetic models and exploration criteria. Lectures covering each deposit type will be complemented with exercises or practical classes which examine sample sets of typical ores and host rocks.
Detailed Information GEOL90044
|Professional Skills Subjects||Points|
|Project Management in ScienceOther||12.5|
Project Management in Science
AIMS Projects drive most modern science organisations. Learn how to plan and manage projects, and to relate to a client, team members, and to other stakeholders. The subject covers the processes and tools / techniques in project management as well as the ‘soft side’ of managing people in projects. The subject uses the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) covering the competencies in project management including scope, time, cost, quality, resource, risk, communication and integration management.
Detailed Information SKIL90004
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
|Professional Skills Subjects||Points|
|Science in SchoolsOther||12.5|
Science in Schools
This subject will provide an understanding of your university studies within Victorian schools through a substantial school based experience. The subject includes a placement of up to 20 hours within a Victorian school classroom, offering an opportunity to collaborate as a Tertiary Student Assistant (TSA) under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
Detailed Information EDUC90839
|Leadership in ScienceOther||12.5|
Leadership in Science
Excellent scientific leadership is not only required in academic research groups, but also in technological industries and many areas of government. This subject will examine the nature and styles and consequences of leadership and decision making in academia, industry and government. Students will examine, through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, the roles of leadership in: motivation, ethics, risk and the development of a productive organisational culture drawing upon case studies, personal accounts from scientific leaders and their own personal experiences. In addition, students will learn strategies to deal with staff and clients, build teams, make decisions, think strate...
Detailed Information MGMT90171
|Project in GeoscienceCore||25|
Project in Geoscience
This capstone project will provide the culmination of the Master of Geoscience degree. The main guiding principle of the capstone project will be applying the skills developed during the prerequisite practical training subjects to the production of new results. Working in teams or individually under only general guidance from staff members, students will use the skills developed during the rest of their degree to both design and implement the analysis and reporting of a large, fieldwork-based or laboratory-based geosciences project. Using a variety of techniques, they will work to solve an industry-relevant problem in the laboratory, or at a field site in Australia or overseas. The emphas...
Detailed Information GEOL90024