What will I learn?

This innovative degree provides the opportunity to study a geology degree that incorporates the fundamental core principals of geology coupled with teaching of modern GIS/geospatial geology specific maps and mapping techniques. We capitalise on our location within the New England Orogen that enables us to undertake fieldwork often. The New England Orogen is a great natural laboratory and we have a diverse array of spectacular geology all easily accessible in our 'backyard'. This course includes topics such as field geology, resource geology and environmental issues, optical mineralogy and igneous petrology, ore deposit geology, exploration and environmental geochemistry, structural and metamorphic geology, field mapping and sedimentology, palaeontology and stratigraphy, applied geophysics, among others.

Graduates with an above average GPA of 5.5 or better are encouraged to apply to undertake Honours in Geology. Bachelor of Science with Honours graduates who achieve the appropriate grades are eligible to apply to enrol for a research Master degree or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career Opportunities

Australia offers a wide range of careers for graduate geologists. Australia is host to vast natural resources and we are increasingly facing ongoing environmental challenges resulting in jobs which require trained geologists. Graduates can expect to be employed in diverse locations not only within Australia but opportunities to work abroad are common.

Our graduates are well placed for employment given our broad degree that incorporates geology specific GIS/geospatial mapping that is core to most employers. Employers include the minerals and fossil fuels industry, Scientific organisations (eg CSIRO), government agencies (eg geological surveys or Geoscience Australia), geological or environmental consultancies, the environmental sector, academia, education, museums and many others.

Course Aims

The aim of this three-year degree is to prepare students to be practising geoscientists with a broad range of practical and analytical skills. This degree will enable graduates to gain employment in a wide range of areas relating to the discipline. Geoscientists typically work outdoors or in laboratories and in this degree we aim to teach work-ready graduates through intensive field work, geology specific GIS/geospatial mapping and practical laboratories.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

demonstrate a coherent understanding of geoscience by articulating the methods of geoscience and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry; and explaining the role and relevance of geoscience in society;

exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in geoscience; and demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area, such as environmental science, biology and chemistry;

be effective communicators of geoscience by communicating scientific results, information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes; and

be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners; working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context; and demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practising ethical conduct.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education

CRICOS

061319E

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,400.00 (US$ 20,168) per year

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

Start date

2 March 2020

Venue

University of New England (UNE)

Armidale Campus,

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND,

New South Wales,

2351, Australia

Online/Distance (3 Years Full-time; Up to 10 years Part-time)

Tuition fees
A$29,400.00 (US$ 20,168) per year
AUD $29,400 /year. The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

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

Start date

4 November 2019, 2 March 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successful completion of the IB with a minimum aggregate score of 26. English Language Requirements: An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

For international students

Students must have completed an educational qualification considered equivalent to Year 12 in Australia.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English, Chemistry or Mathematics.

Recommended studies depending on the degree subjects chosen: Biology and/or Physics.

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50;

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About this uni

The average starting salary for students after graduation from the University of New England is AUD 60,000 (The Good Universities Guide 2018).

  • Based in Armidale, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 80 different nationalities
  • Main campus spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options