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Honours subject area

The information on this page relates to the 2024 intake of this specialisation

Geology and Geophysics will provide you with a unifying context for understanding the surface and internal planetary processes that determine how the earth functions as a system. 

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About this Honours subject area

Honours in Geology and Geophysics will equip you with advanced skills to understand the processes that form the natural resources we use, generate natural hazards, shape the Earth’s surface and control the evolution of its ecosystems and anthroposystems, control the evolution of oceans and continents.

Geology and Geophysics is a highly interdisciplinary field of study. To address big challenges revolving around sustainability and climate change, this discipline combines geological and geophysical tools with techniques from other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Recent Geology and Geophysics graduates have secured employment with major mining, geotechnical, and environmental companies in Australia and overseas, Geoscience Australia, the CSIRO, geological surveys, financial institutions and universities.

About Honours in Geology and Geophysics

An honours year in Geology and Geophysics represents the bridge between undergraduate studies (which are content-driven) and postgraduate studies (which are research-driven).

During honours, you will undertake a major research project on a specialised topic in geosciences under the direction of a supervisor (and sometimes a co-supervisor), submit a thesis embodying the results of your investigation, and undertake required coursework units. You can either develop your own research topic or become part of a larger research project already happening in the School of Geosciences.

Unit of study requirements for Honours in the area of Geography: completion of 36 credit points of project work and 12 credit points of coursework. 

For further details about honours and who to contact for more information, please visit the Science honours page.

Career pathways

Geology can lead to a wide range of careers including: atmospheric scientist, engineering geophysicist, exploration geophysicist, geodesist, geomagnetician, geophysicist, geothermal specialist, hydrologist, laboratory technician and much more.

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