- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
- Academic plan NSCES
- Post Nominal MSciEarthSci
- CRICOS code 0101480
- UAC code
Mode of delivery
- In Person
Field of Education
- Earth Sciences
- Academic contact
The Master of Science in Earth Sciences requires the completion of 96 units, of which:
A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 8000- level courses.
The 96 units must consist of:
24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
EMSC8022 Analytical Techniques (6 units)
EMSC8023 Data Science (6 units)
EMSC8033 Computational Geosciences: Problem Solving, Logical Thinking and Computer Programming (6 units)
EMSC8706 Introduction to Natural Hazards (6 units)
12 units of integrative courses, which must include:
6 units from completion of EMSC8017 Research Methods for Earth Sciences (6 units)
6 units from completion of an integrative course from the following list:
EMSC8032 Earth Science Research Proposal & Presentation (6 units)
EMSC8034 Research Orientation: Big Questions in the Earth Sciences (6 units)
EMSC8014 Special Topics in Earth Science (6 units)
12 units from completion of Science and Society Courses from the following list:
ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change (6 units)
SCNC8000 Science Internship (6 units)
SCOM6007 Science Communication Project Delivery and Design (6 units)
SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web (6 units)
SCOM6015 Speaking of Science (6 units)
SCOM6016 Science in the Media (6 units)
SCOM6027 Science Politics (6 units)
SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication (6 units)
SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics (6 units)
SCOM6032 Making Modern Science (6 units)
SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication (6 units)
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public (6 units)
VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity (6 units)
VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World (6 units)
24 units from completion of further 6000- and 8000-level courses from the subject area EMSC Earth and Marine Sciences.
A maximum of 24 units from elective courses offered by ANU.
Capstone Courses[EMSC8032, EMSC8017, EMSC8034, EMSC8014]
|Year 1 48 units||EMSC8033 Computational Geosciences: Problem-solving, Logical Thinking and Programming. 6 units||EMSC8022 Analytical Techniques 6 units||EMSC8017 Research Methods for Earth Sciences 6 units||ANU elective 6 units|
|EMSC8019||EMSC8023 Data Science 6 units||EMSC8032/EMSC8034 6 units||ANU elective 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||6000-8000 EMSC 6 units||6000-8000 EMSC 6 units||Science & Society 6 units||ANU elective 6 units|
|6000-8000 EMSC 6 units||6000-8000 EMSC 6 units||Science & Society 6 units||ANU elective 6 units|
Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent
- with a minimum GPA of at least 5.0/7.0
- with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.
The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.
Cognate Disciplines: Earth & Marine Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Sciences, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physical Geography, Mathematics; Engineering
Ranking and English language proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:
- a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
- demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency
Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.
Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support
Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
Applications for course credit: Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)
The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.
For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments
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.
As a Master of Science in Earth Sciences student, you’ll delve into the complex systems and processes that shape our planet at a time when understanding it has never been more important. You’ll be studying at Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, consistently ranked top 10 in the world (QS rankings). We have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. You'll study courses ranging from computational geosciences to analytical techniques, biogeochemistry, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, ocean and climate change and planetary sciences. If you want cutting-edge science training with some of the best facilities and experts in the world, check out our website for further information. Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.
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A Master of Science in Earth Sciences 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.
Demonstrate high level knowledge in their chosen study area;
Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline;
Acquire, analyse and interpret independent data, from field, laboratory or computational experiments;
Apply their knowledge in the discipline to new problems;
Demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;
Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats with diverse audiences on Earth Science topics.
Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.
Students will be required to take 12 units of integrative courses. Of these courses, ENVS8017 is compulsory, and will be taken by all students. Students then have the option of selecting either EMSC8032 Earth Science Research Proposal & Presentation or EMSC8034 Research Orientation. Students who are considering transfering into the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) are strongly encouraged to enrol in EMSC8032.
Students who are admitted to this program of study can explore the option of undertaking a signficant research component. Please discuss this with the program convener after completion of the first 24 units of study at the Master level. Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Earth Sciences (Adv) and undertaking a 24-36 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:
- have completed compulsory courses in the first 48 units of the coursework component in the Master of Earth Sciences (Adv),
- achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework, and
- have the approval of an identified supervisor.
- have met the published admission requirements of the Master of Earth Sciences (Adv)
Vertical Double Degree pathway UGRD-PGRD:
Students who are interested in pursuing a Vertical Double Degree pathway with this program, are advised to contact the College of Science Student Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and seek academic advice. Students who are already in an undergraduate degree offered by the College of Science or College of Health & Medicine should seek academic advice before completion of the first 72 units of their undergraduate studies.
Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.
Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.
Course offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:
An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.
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:
Phone: 02 6125 3643Please 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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/enrolment/enrol-for-the-first-time-as-a-cours...
Please follow each step and read through the pdf guides available under "additional resources".
An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and College of Health & Medicine can be found here: https://students.science.anu.edu.au/program-admin/courses/master-degree-courses.
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