Master of Economic Geology (S7W)

Overview  2017


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

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The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Semester 1, Semester 2, Winter school (early), Spring school
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, Winter school (early), Spring school

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Special Note: This Masters course has been approved by the Department of Social Services  for student income support payments (i.e. Youth Allowance (Student), Austudy, ABSTUDY and the Pensioner Education Supplement). 

This is a specialised Masters degree course in Economic Geology specifically designed for industry and government geologists. It is the nucleus of the postgraduate teaching program at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES) and forms part of the National Minerals Geoscience Masters Program.The course is usually only offered on a part-time, external basis. Only students that can provide evidence of financial and logistical support, and provide a research proposal will be considered for full-time admission. Students that are considering taking the course on a full-time basis must contact the program co-ordinator, Dr Rob Scott to discuss their plans.

Course objectives are to increase and update the knowledge and skills required by geoscientists for the exploration and exploitation of mineral deposits. These objectives are accomplished through completion of six short courses and an in depth research project OR eight short courses. The courses will cover a spectrum of topics relevant to the exploration mining industries.

Career outcomes

This course is for geoscientists who want to increase their knowledge and skills, while gaining a thorough up-date of advances across the spectrum of economic geology.

Professional Recognition

The UTAS program is part of the National Minerals Geoscience Masters program. Units aretaught by the University of Tasmania, the University of Western Australian, James Cook University and Curtin University.

Course structure

The Master of Economic Geology is a coursework master degree.

The course can be completed in either of 2 options (both totalling 200%).

Option 1

Six units of coursework and a thesis (a minimum of 4 units and thesis must be completed at the University of Tasmania).

Option 2

Eight units of coursework (a minimum of4 units must be completed at the University of Tasmania).


Intensive two-week field-based unit taught entirely in either Indonesia or South America (Chile and Peru). Unit includes visits to world-class porphyry and epithermal deposits and (South America only) IOCG deposits. Unit includes studies of the regional and local geology for…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Covers current approaches to mapping, facies analysis and mineralisation in ancient and modern volcanic sequences. The unit introduces the processes and products of different eruption styles, contrasts in scale and structure of volcanoes, identification of key volcanic facies associations, and…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This intensive 11-day short course provides an up-to date review of the theory and practice of geochemistry, hydrology and geochronology as applied in mineral exploration and studies of ore deposit genesis. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the chemistry…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Exploration in data-rich environments, close to existing mines, has become a preferred method of increasing company resources in recent years. With this exploration philosophy in mind, this course aims to bring participants up to date with many of the latest…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Geometallurgy involves a quantified and comprehensive approach to ore characterization in terms of critical processing attributes. These include blasting, crushing, grinding, liberation, recovery and environmental management. Key outcomes of improved geometallurgical knowledge are improved forecasting, reduced technical risk, enhanced economic…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Describes many of the major classes of ore deposits. Deposits covered in previous years include volcanic-hosted massive Cu-Pb-Zn-Ag-Au sulfides, sediment-hosted Pb-Zn-Cu, carbonate-hosted Pb-Zn, Broken Hill-type, Proterozoic Cu-Au, Sn-W, porphyry Cu-Au, orogenic, Witwatersrand and Carlin-type Au, epithermal Au-Ag, Nickel and PGE,…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

First year of study on Master of Economic Geology Research Project…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Second year of study on Master of Economic Geology Research Project…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

KEA707, KEA709 and KEA711 are offered in 'odd' years/KEA708, KEA710 and KEA712 are offered in 'even' years

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Science with Honours is the normal entry qualification. However, for students without this qualification the entry requirements will depend on whether the applicants come from a professional industry background.

Applicants from industry without a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree will require the following:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Applied); and
  • A minimum of two years' experience working as a professional geologist in industry or a government institution.

Minerals Geoscience Masters (MGM) students from JCU and UWA wishing to enrol in UTAS units (KEA707 - KEA712) must complete a cross-institutional application form.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

2017 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $29,250 AUD*.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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