Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)

Rock-solid job opportunities

Mineral geoscience is all about Earth’s mineral resources—their nature, origin, distribution, discovery and uses. 

Geoscientists explore for metallic and non-metallic deposits and find environmentally safe ways to dispose of waste materials from mining.

The University of Adelaide is ranked in the top 75 in the world for Earth Sciences and best in South Australia*.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience) prepares you for an interesting, well-paid and diverse career in the minerals and energy sector. You will:

  • get hands-on with plenty of field work and exposure to industry in this high-demand field
  • learn about mining, engineering and mineral resources
  • explore Earth's mineral resources - their nature, origin, distribution, discovery and uses
  • see rocks in their natural habitat, study the oceans and learn how to read history from the Earth
  • take integrated and extended geology, tectonics and geophysics courses.

Where could it take you?

Mineral geoscience graduates are in high demand. You might work in exploration, making the calls on where next to drill for diamonds. You could journey below the surface as an underground mine geologist. Perhaps you’ll work on solutions for repairing the environmental impacts of mining.


  • Top 75 in world and #1 in South Australia for Earth Sciences*
  • Resources sector to grow by 24,000 jobs by 2030
  • Extensive field work and exposure to industry

*Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021
^industry.gov.au

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324551
2021 CSP ATAR 72.85
2021 CSP IB 26
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 66.8
Median ATAR to receive an offer 83.28
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.8
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 72.85
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 91.15
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.6
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Methods
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324551

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
<5 N/A
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 7 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientist, Life Scientist, Research Scientist, Resource Management, Scientific Officer, Mineral Exploration, Environmental Geology, Geologists, Environmental Geoscientist, Environmental Remediation Officer, Science Communicators, Hydrogeologist, Geobiologist, Geoscientist

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
Year1 S1 GEOLOGY 1103 Building a Habitable Planet MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA
or
MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM
or
STATS 1004 Statistical Practice (Life Sciences) I
or
SCIENCE 1500 Introductory Data Science - Becoming Smart About Data
SCIENCE 1420 Science or Fiction (Mineral Geoscience) I  Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
S2 GEOLOGY 1100 Planet Earth Approved Level I Elective1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
Year2 S1 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
Year3 S1 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

Testimonial

Studying geology is a rewarding journey that gives you the knowledge to build a career in research, industry or wherever else it might take you.

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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Sep 2021