Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology




Geology is the study of the Earth. It includes studies of tectonic processes leading to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the generation of mineral, petroleum and water deposits in the Earth's crust. By combining studies in Geology with other science majors it is possible to broaden one's job horizons and to become involved in some exciting areas of geosciences.

A combination of physics and geology leads into geophysics, which uses the physical properties of the crust to study the structure, composition and location of mineral, water, oil and gas deposits. Combining chemistry and geology leads to geochemistry, while combining geography and geology leads into geomorphology and environmental geology. Economic Geology is a combination of geology, physics and chemistry in the study of the formation and exploration of mineral deposits.

The School of Earth Sciences is co-located with the Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence. CODES brings together a team of high-calibre Australian and international research scientist in a series of multi-disciplinary programs that cover the spectrum of basic, strategic and applied research into the genesis of and exploration for ore deposits.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Geology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry
  • Petroleum geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Tectonics & Volcanology
  • Sedimentary Environments & Resources
  • Environmental Geology


Mining, energy (oil, gas and coal), environmental industries, Environmental geosciences (including hydrogeology (the search for and maintenance of water resources)

Professional Associations

Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Undergraduate courses in Geology

73O Bachelor of Science

This 3-year (minimum) full-time or part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart and Launceston. The main intake to the Bachelor of Science is February, however a mid-year intake in July is also available. Students interested in Geology, may like to consider studying a major or minor in Geology.

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73Q Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies

The BNatEnvWildStud degree combines disciplinary rigor in two fields with the ability to spread your studies over other approaches to the study of wilderness and natural environments. Many students see the degree as an integrative field science but with numerous options to undertake studies in units from disciplines outside the BSc related to the management and understanding of the natural environment. Others approach the degree from the perspective of environmental policy but take units from the field sciences to deepen their understanding of the natural world.

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73P Bachelor of Antarctic Science

2014 only. See K3S Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science. 73P Bachelor of Antarctic Science is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology and is available at Hobart. Antarctic and Southern Ocean is one of the University's theme areas and it is an area that is unique to the University of Tasmania. The course has two streams - Antarctic Life Science or Antarctic Physical Sciences - allowing for different emphases in specialisation.

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K3S Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

This new three-year full-time or six-year part-time course brings together the Bachelor of Antarctic Science and Bachelor of Marine Science into a single award. The program is arranged around three areas: Marine Biology, Policy and Governance and Physical Sciences. Upon completion of the course students will have the capacity to plan and execute research projects associated with the above, and/or be capable of making decisions in science or policy-related areas.

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Postgraduate courses in Geology

(For research trained degrees, see the Research section.)

S4E Bachelor of Science with Honours

This 1 year full-time, 2 year part-time (maximum) course is available at Hobart and, subject to available supervision, at Launceston. It aims to provide advanced training in the major area of the student's pass degree, opportunity for training in research, to prepare candidates for further research study (eg MSc and PhD) and employment in research organisations, and an in-depth knowledge in a single area of science.

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S6D Graduate Diploma of Science

The Graduate Diploma in Science allows students to obtain a science major in an area outside their specialisation, such as Plant Science. Applications are open to graduates from all disciplines provided that the prerequisites for the field of specialisation are met, or other evidence of fitness to undertake the work is provided.

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S6X Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours

The Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours allows graduates to obtain the necessary science major to pursue higher degrees in Science. It offers advances training in the area chosen with a research Honours year, such as Botany.

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S7R Master of Economic Geology

This is a specialised master 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.

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