• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Specialisation code EMSC-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Earth and Marine Sciences specialisation is intended for students who have knowledge of the fields of Earth Science, Marine Science and/or related disciplines (e.g., Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering), and are interested in undertaking an independent research project under the direction of a supervisor. This specialisation usually consists of two consecutive semesters full time, and includes training in research methods, analytical methods for Earth materials and data analysis, other in-depth coursework and a substantial research project resulting in an Honours thesis. These provide a foundation for careers in a wide variety of fields in industry and government organisations, as well as a pathway for post-graduate research in Masters or Ph.D. degrees.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of Earth and Marine Sciences.
  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts in Earth and Marine Sciences, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Demonstrate capacity for geological and related reasoning through analysing, proving and explaining concepts from the chosen research area.
  4. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

A maximum of 12 units of 4000, 6000 or 8000-level courses with the approval of the Honours Convenor.

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Admission Requirements

Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant honours plan with at least a major or specialisation or equivalent in a cognate area, and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis course.

Cognate disciplines

Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Climate Science, Earth Science (Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geobiology), Engineering, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Oceanography, Physics.


The Earth and Marine Sciences Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of EMSC4005 Earth and Marine Sciences Honours Thesis.


6 units from completion of EMSC4017 Research Methods and Proposal


A maximum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMSC4018 Advanced Water and Marine Geosciences

EMSC4020 Analytical Techniques and Data Analysis 

EMSC4109 Advanced Earth Physics

EMSC4121 Advanced Geochemistry 


HONS4602 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the class of Honours and the mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero

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