Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)
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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.
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:
- take integrated and extended geology and geophysics courses
- learn about mining, engineering and mineral resources
- build a broad understanding of the industry
- benefit from extensive field work and direct exposure to geoscience professionals.
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324551 2018 CSP ATAR 76.25 2018 CSP IB 27 2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 324551
- Higher Education applicants
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). 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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
CRICOS 064433A Intake February and July
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 Selection Rank (International) 75 International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80 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 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74 Eynesbury Foundation Program 360 ANU Foundation Studies 66 Monash Foundation Year 70 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72 UNSW Foundation Year 7.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
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).
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $9,225
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
This degree helps you find employment in:
geology or geophysics
geothermal exploration industries
- environmental geoscience industries
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Practical ExperienceStudents 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.
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
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe 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.
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.
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Last updated: Monday, 22 Oct 2018