What is geoscience?
Geoscientists study the Earth, the rocks of which it is made, and the process by which it was formed.
How you will study
This program combines short courses presented by international and Australian experts, hands-on practical experience, field excursions, and research. You will benefit from JCU’s proximity to the world-class mineral districts of Mount Isa and Charters Towers.
This course is available in Townsville. It is available full time and part time (domestic students only) and all subjects are presented as block mode.
Minerals Geoscience Masters (MMinGeoSc)
Entry requirements (Additional)
English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0(no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Why JCU?James Cook University
brings together a team of academic and associate staff across multiple disciplines.
*Nationally-recognised leader in geoscience
*major research centres including the Economic Geology Research Centre
*internationally-acclaimed academic teaching staff
*strong collaboration with industry and research organisations, both locally and internationally.
A postgraduate qualification from JCU can enhance your career prospects, enable you to reskill and change careers completely, or develop a specialist area of expertise and personal interest.
The Minerals Geoscience Masters Program is designed for geoscientists with different levels of professional experience. It offers a highly regarded degree and a world-class opportunity to gain a thorough up-date of economic geology and mineral exploration skills.
A range of opportunities await graduates in the academia as well as in private and public sectors.
Graduates can get jobs as research assistants or support staff for teaching. With a PhD, you can gain research positions (Postdoctoral, Fellowships) that are often funded for a few years, or apply for permanent positions as a lecturer and researcher.
*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)
Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor of Science degree with a Geology major, or Bachelor of Geology degree from this or another university; or Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science, Technology and Engineering as equivalent to the above.