• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Water Science and Management
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bradley Opdyke
    • Dr Ian Campbell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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Honours in Geology/Earth and Marine Science is offered as an additional year of study for the Bachelor of Science program.

The principal component of the 10 months Honours course involves a research project conducted under supervision of a research scientist. In addition, students are expected to attend various workshops and seminars, do several units of coursework, write a research proposal, a progress report and present seminars on their research work. The major item of assessment is the thesis.

In addition to meeting the entry requirements defined by the College, students must have the agreement of a member of the academic staff to supervise their project, and the agreement of the Honours convener.  Students should discuss their intention to undertake an Honours project with the Honours convenor and their potential supervisors at least several months before the proposed starting date.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Specific learning outcomes will depend on the nature of the research project. In general, on satisfactory completion of the course students will have knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand one or more of the specialist fields in Earth Science, Marine Science or Geology
  2. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic
  3. Critically evaluate technical reports and journal articles.
  4. Understand and apply principles of laboratory safety and relevant laboratory techniques.
  5. Record original data and interpret this data
  6. Communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • A written research proposal due to early in the Honours year (5%)
  • An introductory oral presentation of the planned research (5%)
  • The completion of a supervised research project and associated thesis on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a member of academic staff. (usually 65% of total mark).
  • Coursework comprising at least two 6 unit subjects offered by the university at an appropriate level. These should include but are not limited to courses run at RSES. (20% of total mark). The method of assessment varies between subjects, but may include sit down exams, take home exams, laboratory reports, assignments and oral presentations.
  • A final seminar presenting research results (5%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $516 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $691 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1961 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1916 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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