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Geology is the study of the materials that make up the Earth, whereas geophysics studies the inaccessible Earth using physical measurements. Both areas and techniques can be applied to other celestial bodies, like the Moon or Mars.
At Macquarie University, you’ll receive the professional training you need to enter the workforce with a clear advantage when you graduate.
Bachelor of Science - major in Geology
Geology is the study of the materials that make up the Earth, the processes that mould its surface, and the interaction of people with the physical environment. Find out more about Bachelor of Science – major in Geology.
Bachelor of Science – major in Geophysics
Geophysics involves the study of the inaccessible Earth using physical measurements, and the interpretation of these measurements in terms of subsurface structures and phenomena. Find out more about Bachelor of Science – major in Geophysics.
Awards and prizes
As part of your undergraduate degree, Macquarie University have awards and prizes available for undergraduate student which include:
- Alpha Geoscience Environmental Geophysics Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS305 Environmental and Groundwater Geophysics.
- AWE Exploration Geophysics Prize: awarded for proficiency in 300-level Geophysics units.
- Coffey International Exploration Engineering & Environmental Geophysics Prize: awarded for outstanding performance in the Geophysics Major.
- Crozcare Field Geology Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS226 Introduction to Field Geology.
- Geological Society of Australia (NSW Division Prize): awarded for best performance in 300-level Earth Science units in the areas of Geology, Geology and Geophysics or Palaeobiology.
- Geology Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS125 Earth Dynamics.
- Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS309: Sediments, Liquid Fuels and Energy Security.
- Preston Geology Prize: awarded for best performance in 300-level geology units.
- Prospectors Earth Sciences Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS344 Structural and Metamorphic Geology.
- The Oil Search Geophysics Prize: awarded for proficiency in the unit GEOS205 Introduction to Geophysics.
Master of Research (MRes)
The Master of Research is a globally recognised two-year degree that provides candidates a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy. Year one is designed to prepare candidates for research with advanced coursework and method development. Year two is dedicated to an intensive research project and thesis. The project is planned and developed by the candidate in collaboration with their supervisor.
Year 1 - units of study
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Year 2 - research activities
The activities undertaken in year 2 consist of:
- Research Frontiers 2
- Literature review
- Research methods
- Research planning
- Thesis (20,000 words) based on a small research project
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an ungraded degree awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to conduct research independently.
All academic staff in the department offer exciting research projects for MRes and PhD candidates. The analytical facilities available in the MQGA allow candidates to conduct advanced and novel research.
Please visit the individual staff websites or contact potential supervisors directly for information on currently available projects or to discuss your ideas for a project.
Find more information about the Doctor of Philosophy research degree, or speak directly to the contact the higher degree research office.
A/Prof. Dorrit Jacob
Dr. Heather Handley
Who employs geoscientists?
Many companies within Australia and around the world employ geoscientists. Such companies include but are not limited to:
- BHP Billiton
- Geoinformatics Exploration
- NSW Office of Industrial Relations, Department of Mineral Resources
- Rio Tinto Exploration
- Schlumberger Oilfield Australia