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What will I learn?

Geophysics is a branch of Earth sciences that uses physical phenomena to remotely image and characterise the subsurface, with applications in mining, oil and gas, geothermal, groundwater, and carbon underground storage industries.

Geophysicists use seismic, magnetic, electromagnetic, radiometric and gravitational technologies and techniques to determine the structure and composition of natural, and sometimes artificial, materials below the Earth's surface, without the need for drilling and excavation.

This course is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate geophysics, science or engineering degree and wish to enhance their career prospects with an additional qualification in geophysics.

It offers a solid grounding and practical training in a range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing, and interpretation.

You will gain hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment and software. You will also become more familiar with recent geophysical developments through a range of coursework units and investigative projects.

Professional recognition

The Commonwealth Public Service Board accepts this course as satisfying its requirements for appointment as a professional geophysicist. A degree in geophysics satisfies the academic requirements for membership to the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (USA) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

What you'll learn

Apply discipline, knowledge, principles and concepts; apply modern geophysical methods to exploration problems in petroleum, mineral and groundwater exploration; evaluate new methodologies
Think critically, creatively and reflectively, analyse geophysical approaches to gathering subsurface information
Access, evaluate and synthesise information, locate, appraise and select publicly available literature and data in printed and electronic media
Communicate effectively; report on new geophysical development to industry, government and academia using written and oral presentations
Use technologies appropriately; select best geophysical methods for given problems; be familiar with modern geophysical instruments and computer software; use electronic resources for communication
Utilise lifelong learning skills; demonstrate an ability to learn independently
Recognise and apply international perspectives; recognise the global nature of geophysical problems and regional issues relating to exploration for resources
Demonstrate cultural awareness and understanding; demonstrate an understanding of the cultural impact of resource exploration and development
Apply professional skills; conduct, organise and report upon a geophysical research project; apply a professional approach to working with individuals and organisations; demonstrate an ethical approach to using data and reports.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

CRICOS

061489J

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,400.00 (17,82,178) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $65,400

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

Curtin Malaysia

CDT 250, 98009 Miri Sarawak,

98000, Sarawak, Malaysia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,300.00 (20,51,705) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $75,100; Eligible applicants for the Access Support Scholarship will receive AUD $1500 one-off fee remission against their Semester 1 2021 tuition fees for programs at Curtin’s Western Australian campuses.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,

BENTLEY,

Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or equivalent, and at least three years relevant work experience. English Language Requirements: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 6.0; Overall band score: 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 79 Overall; Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

For international students

You must have a bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in geophysics or a related discipline to the level of second year tertiary study.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176. IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 6.0; Overall band score: 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 79 Overall; Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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