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Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324551

CRICOS 064433A


Want an interesting, well-paid and diverse career, with opportunities to travel all over the world? This is the science degree for you.

Mineral geoscience relates to the Earth's mineral resources – their nature, origin, distribution, discovery and exploitation.

There is high demand by the mineral resources sector for graduates in mineral geoscience.

This degree integrates and extends courses in geology and geophysics, mining engineering, geography and environmental studies, chemistry, mathematics and physics. It prepares students for entry into the Honours degree in geology.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324551
    2017 CSP ATAR 66.45
    2017 CSP IB 24
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). Applicants who have studied Geology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: any two Science subjects chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematical Methods, Physics, Agriculture and Horticulture, Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Nutrition, Scientific Studies or Specialist Mathematics (NB: only one Mathematics subject may be counted).

    IB: two Science subjects (minimum grade 4 for SL, 3 for HL); or, one Science subject plus Mathematics (minimum grade 4 for SL, 3 for HL)
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Geology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Applicants who have studied Geology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324551

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 064433A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: any two Science subjects chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematical Methods, Physics, Agriculture and Horticulture, Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Nutrition, Scientific Studies or Specialist Mathematics (NB: only one Mathematics subject may be counted).

    IB: two Science subjects (minimum grade 4 for SL, 3 for HL); or, one Science subject plus Mathematics (minimum grade 4 for SL, 3 for HL)
    International Qualifications Two subjects chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics and Physics (note: only 1 maths subject can be counted).
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    This degree helps you find employment in:

    • petroleum industry
    • geology or geophysics
    • geothermal exploration industries
    • environmental geoscience industries
    • government agencies
    • mineral exploration industries worldwide
    • remote sensing and computer imaging.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Practical Experience
    Students may choose to undertake international study opportunities including travelling with a tour guide to remote areas and exploring the world's best preserved piece of intact oceanic crust as part of the Oman Geology Study Tour.

    Potential careers

    Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Policy Adviser, Project Officer, Research Assistant, Researcher, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientist, Life Scientist, Research Scientist, Resource Management, Scientific Officer, Mineral Exploration, Consultant, Environmental Geology, Geologists, Government Officer, Environmental Geoscientist, Environmental Remediation Officer, Science Communicators, Hydrogeologist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    At level 1, students receive a foundation in sciences such as geology and maths or statistics, with a choice of additional courses in chemistry, physics and science electives. Studies at level 2 further develop this foundation by providing more in-depth study in the area of geology.

    Students focus on advanced topics including mineral exploration, tectonics and geophysics in the third level of study. An additional year of study is available for those wishing to obtain an honours degree.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 GEOLOGY 1103 Earth Systems I MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA
    or
    MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM
    or
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice (Life Sciences) I
    SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction?  Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 GEOLOGY 1100 Earth's Interior I Approved Level I Elective1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2S1 GEOLOGY 2500 Sedimentary Geology II GEOLOGY 2501 Structural Geology II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 GEOLOGY 2502 Igneous & Metamorphic Geology II GEOLOGY 2505 Geochemistry II GEOLOGY 2504 Economic and Mine Geology II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year3S1 GEOLOGY 3013 Tectonics III

    GEOLOGY 3016 Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III GEOLOGY 3500 Exploration Methods III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3units
    S2 GEOLOGY 3502 Mineral and Energy Resources III GEOLOGY 3019 Field Geoscience Program III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 6 units
    or
    Approved Level III Electives 2 x 3 units

    Assessment

    Assignments, exams, practical work, field trip reports

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Last updated: Thursday, 19 Oct 2017