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What will I learn?

Geologists study how the Earth works, including the natural planetary processes that directly affect people – such as the formation of mineral and petroleum resources, geological hazards, climate change and environmental protection.

In this course you will gain a thorough grounding in theoretical geology with a practical emphasis on mineral, petroleum and groundwater resources and their environmental management.

In your first year you will gain a foundation in geology, chemistry, physics, maths, scientific communication and computer skills. Your second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes. Your final year provides comprehensive coverage of one stream: Applied Geology, Mining Geology or Petroleum Geology.

The first two years of this course are based in Perth. The third-year Applied Geology stream is offered at Curtin’s Perth campus, Mining Geology is offered at our Kalgoorlie campus, and Petroleum Geology is offered at Curtin Malaysia.

Applied Geology

This stream comprehensively covers the breadth of applied geosciences, including mineral and petroleum exploration and extraction techniques, groundwater resources and environmental geosciences.

Mining Geology

This stream combines studies of resource and field geology with mining systems and estimation to effectively explore, evaluate and extract mineral resources.

Petroleum Geology

This stream combines studies of sedimentary basins and petroleum geology with aspects of geophysics and petroleum engineering related to the evaluation, development and exploitation of oil and gas resources.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Geological Society of Australia, International Association of Hydrogeologists, and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.

Career information


Geological engineer


Environmental geology
Groundwater extraction
Mineral and petroleum exploration
Natural hazards and risk analysis
Radioactive waste storage
Research and development

What you'll learn

Apply fundamental geological principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations
Solve geological problems using logical scientific methods and creative thinking
Synthesise geological data on a range of spatial and temporal scales to make interpretations that allow for scientific uncertainty
Communicate geological information concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the situation
Employ new and established technologies to collect and interpret geological data, recognising their strengths and limitations
Acquire geological knowledge and expertise from a range of sources in a variety of situations
Appreciate international perspectives on geoscience and recognise the importance of global standards for collecting and reporting geological data
Recognise the need for sustainable use of earth resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological activities
Work ethically and professionally alone and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,800.00 (US$ 27,337) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $113,700; 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

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,800.00 (US$ 27,337) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $113,700

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

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


Curtin Malaysia

CDT 250, 98009 Miri Sarawak,

98000, Sarawak, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12
and a scaled mark of at least 50 in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

Course prerequisites: Mathematics.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 50; Overall band score 58; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and PBT (Paper Based Test) - 570 and 4.5 in TWE; C1 Advanced Formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. C2 Proficiency Formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

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


About Curtin University

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