Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

2020 admission requirements will be published by 1 May 2019.

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Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

As a Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) student, you’ll delve into the complex systems and processes that shape our planet, at Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences.

You’ll study courses from different Earth science disciplines and undertake training on how to gather data and interpret results, before being provided with expert supervision for your research project.

There’s a broad range of research topics for you to choose from, including biogeochemistry, ocean and climate change, seismology and mathematical geophysics, and experimental petrology.

Find out more about earth sciences, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) gives you the opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that are relevant for employment in industry, government agencies and education.

It is an excellent qualification for pursuing a career in tectonics, geochronology, mineral exploration and hydrocarbon exploration.

The program is also an ideal pathway to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand advanced concepts in Earth Sciences and relate them to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts
  2. Apply knowledge acquired in the coursework to their research project
  3. Acquire independently data and evaluate and interpret obtained datasets
  4. Formulate working hypotheses and design methods to test these
  5. Compile a major body of research in a written report and present results to an expert audience.
  6. Communicate effectively with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Earth Science topics.

Further Information

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships/graduate-commonwealth-supported-places .

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline

Cognate Disciplines

Chemistry, Earth and Marine Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,256.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

 

6 units from the completion of EMSC8017 Research Methods and Proposal

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of Core Skill courses from the following list:

EMSC8022 Analytical Techniques

EMSC8023 Data Analysis

EMSC8024 Analytical Techniques and Data Analysis

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of Advanced Subject courses from the following list:

EMSC8018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC8019 Advanced Earth Physics

EMSC8021 Advanced Geochemistry, Petrology and Tectonics

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of further 6000- and 8000-level courses from the subject area EMSC Earth and Marine Sciences.

 

A minimum of 36 units from completion of EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project, which must be completed in consecutive semesters

Study Options

Year 1 EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project 6 to 24 units EMSC8017 Research Methods and Proposal 6 units EMSC8018/ EMSC8019/ EMSC8021 6 units
EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project 6 to 24 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC 6 units EMSC8022/ EMSC8023/ EMSC8024 6 units
Year 2 EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project 6 to 24 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC 6 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC 6 units
EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project 6 to 24 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC 6 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC 6 units

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: masters.rses@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 3643

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au




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