Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Geology

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  • Objectives
    This course is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate geoscience degree and wish to enhance their career prospects with an additional qualification and for graduates of related disciplines thinking of a geoscience career. In this course you will undertake one of four majors to suit your interest area and career aspirations: economic geology, hydrology, petroleum geology or specialist geology. The economic geology, hydrology and petroleum geology majors cater for the minerals, groundwater and petroleum employment areas, while the specialist geology major is available if you want to focus on the less applied aspects of geology. To complete the course you will take a range of coursework units in your chosen specialty and at least one individual research project involving practical laboratory work and/or fieldwork.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in geology or a closely related field. Applicants with alternative educational backgrounds are considered although they will usually be required to undertake additional background studies.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Geology
  • Course description
    Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Geology


    Course CRICOS Code: 007886M
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


    This course is structured to provide advanced training in various aspects of applied geology. It is designed to cater for both recent graduates and for the graduate who is already employed and wishes to study part-time. The program is divided into four majors: specialist geology topics, petroleum geology, economic geology and hydrogeology.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    A bachelor degree involving a major study in an appropriate field, although applicants with alternative educational backgrounds are considered. Students with backgrounds that do not include the more applied aspects of geology may be required to undertakea maximum of two background studies units.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee-paying course is of one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. The structure of the course and the availability of various units may be much more flexible than suggested. For example, part of the research project may be undertaken in short intensive periods or it may be arranged that some units be taken in concentrated blocks, at times suitable to students and staff, rather than at fixed times during each week of the semester.
    Course Organisation

    The course requires a program of study comprising at least eight full units. This is made up of core units (two full units), project units (one to five full units), specialist/selected units (one to five full units), background studies (up to two full units). Background studies units must be undertaken by students whose backgrounds do not include the more applied aspects of geology. Students will be advised by the course coordinator if they need to complete such units.

    Additional Course Expenses

    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Special Note
    Students with backgrounds that do not include the more applied aspects of geology may be required to undertake a maximum of two background studies units.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1

    300213     v.3           Specialist Geology Major                                                         200.0
    300214     v.3           Petroleum Geology Major                                                        200.0
    300215     v.3           Economic Geology Major                                                          200.0
    300216     v.3           Hydrogeology Major                                                                200.0
    *              Students may require background studies units, selected in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator.

    Year      Location                 Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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