Earth Science

Drive innovative mineral exploration

With increasing global mineral demand, but declining deposit discovery rates, the mineral exploration sector is hungry for innovation. This is particularly the case for copper and so-called ‘critical minerals’, such as rare-earth metals, which are vital for emerging technology, including electric cars and solar panels.

Our new Master of Science (Earth Science)—from a leading Australian university ranked among the world’s top 100 for Earth Sciences*—will prepare you to take the scientific lead in this crucial industry.

What will you do?

Completed over two years full-time, the degree includes an engaging, student-centred blend of face-to-face and limited online coursework, with up to 12 months’ credit offered for similar study elsewhere. A significant independent research project is undertaken in second-year with one-on-one supervision by experts in their field of research.

You will learn from—and establish lasting relationships with—globally recognised researchers and academics within a faculty ranked among the world’s top 100 for Earth Sciences^, ensuring you graduate with:

  • a deep understanding of the key theoretical and practical aspects of cutting-edge enquiry into our planet’s physical systems, and its place within science’s broader scope
  • a strong mineral exploration skill set, including novel methodologies
  • advanced capabilities working in interdisciplinary contexts
  • high-level skills in collecting, analysing, critically evaluating and synthesising qualitative and quantitative data
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, for a range of purposes
  • strong research design, execution and reporting skills.

You’ll also have the option of:

  • gaining valuable real-world experience through an industry internship
  • undertaking life-changing overseas study tours at esteemed international universities.

Where could it take you?

You could oversee a major mineral exploration venture in China; mastermind new strategies to enhance ‘critical mineral’ discovery rates in Australia; or develop new methodologies to search for in-demand metals anywhere else in the world. If you have strong entrepreneurial instincts, you may even choose to launch your own consultancy. Or you could extend your research further still with a PhD.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019.

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