Master of Ore Deposit Geology

Mineral resources are at the core of the development of human civilisations. The growing demand for mineral and energy resources within ecologically fragile environments, together with the progressive exhaustion of easily accessible deposits, requires innovative geoscientific approaches to unlock and secure the resources needed for future generations. Perth’s social and economic prosperity is heavily reliant on mineral resource exploration and mining making it a global hot-spot for economic geoscientists and professionals. The University of Western Australia (UWA) is an ideal location to acquire the training and networking opportunities you need to build or enhance your career in the minerals industry.

UWA's Master of Ore Deposit Geology provides a robust training pathway for students and professionals with prior completion of geoscience degrees. This course provides in-depth, field-based and practical training on topics relevant to mineral industry processes and techniques, taught by worldrecognised academic educators and researchers in the School of Earth Sciences, affiliated with the Centre for Exploration Targeting in the School, and local industry professionals. Students undertaking this course have opportunities to work on real-world datasets and problems and contribute to cuttingedge research. UWA is ranked in the top 1% of Universities worldwide, and UWA Geology is ranked 36th in the world and 2nd in Australia (QS ranking 2021).

What you'll learn: The course provides advanced skills in ore deposit metallogeny and exploration, applied structural geology, geophysical exploration for mineral systems and critical metal resources with specific field excursions to mineralised regions in Western Australia and overseas. Enrolment also provides opportunities in topics such as geodata analytics and natural resource economics at partner universities in Australia. Students gain experience in mineral exploration, resource characterisation and project evaluation.

Career opportunities: Graduates of this Masters course are ideally placed to be critical technical leaders on global issues in mineral exploration and resource security. Completion of this course opens opportunities for employment with mining companies, government agencies and consultancies, and career advancement. Completion of a research project as part of the course may also be a pathway to a higher degree by research.

About the course: 1 year full-time equivalent study that is also able to be completed part-time. Students may commence in Semester 1 (late February) or Semester 2 (late July), however, students may commence at other times in line with timing of coursework units of particular interest. Students may choose to undertake a research project within the course.

Admission requirements: A bachelor’s degree in geology or geoscience (or an equivalent qualification as recognized by UWA) plus at least two years of professional experience in a relevant occupation, or a bachelor’s degree with Honours in geoscience (or an equivalent qualification as recognized by UWA). You must also demonstrate a minimum level of English Language Competence.

Information about the course:

This site provides information about the application process for domestic and international applicants and details about the course content.

International master's scholarships are available for high achieving students.


For more information about the course contact the Masters Course Coordinator Dr Nicolas Thébaud

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