Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions in 2021.

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended project.

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build the necessary foundations for postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to geoscience questions no one else is asking in the minerals industry. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced mineral exploration skills to gain a competitive employability edge.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • Produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a chosen topic.
Further details on honours are available from schools and disciplines in the faculty.
  • 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

^ARWU, 2021

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 3BH077
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH077

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


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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Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Level IV S1 MIN GEO 4010 Mineral Exploration Science (3 units) MIN GEO 4015 Mineral Exploration Skills (6 units) MIN GEO 4020 Mineral Exploration  Professional Practice (3 units)
S2 MIN GEO 4025 Honours Industry Project (Mineral Geoscience) (12 units)


Studying has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge that I rely on in my career today.
Sarah Hamlyn

Sarah Hamlyn

Staff Biologist, Monte Marine Laboratory at the International Centre for Coral Reef Restoration, Florida

Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)

Faculty of Sciences

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021