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Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced)

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

MEASCADV
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Earth Sciences
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Earth Sciences
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

A minimum of 48 units from completion of coursework.

A minimum of 36 units and a maximum of 48 units from completion of the Earth Science Research Project.

A minimum of 48 units from completion of the following coursework component:

24 units from the completion of:

EMSC8017 Research Methods for Earth Sciences

EMSC8032 Earth Science Research Proposal & Presentation

EMSC8033 Computational Geosciences -- Problem Solving, Logical Thinking and Computer Programming

EMSC8034 Research Orientation: Big Questions in the Earth Sciences


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

EMSC8022 Analytical Techniques

EMSC8023 Data Science


A minimum of 12 units from completion of further 6000- and 8000-level courses from the subject area EMSC Earth and Marine Sciences.

 

A minimum of 36 units and a maximum of 48 units from completion of EMSC8030 Earth Science Research Project, which must be completed in two consecutive semesters.


Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue in the Master program.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 48 in the same teaching period in which the 48th unit is attempted, exactly 48 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from course in descending order of marks.

Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Master of Science in Earth Sciences or a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Master Research

This plan includes a compulsory sub-thesis of a minimum 36 units.

Master Research Training

Prior to commencing the research project, students must complete 30 units of coursework of research training courses:

EMSC8017 Research Methods for Earth Sciences

EMSC8032 Research Proposal and Presentation

EMSC8033 Computational Geosciences -- Problem Solving, Logical Thinking and Computer Programming

EMSC8034 Research Orientation: Big Questions in the Earth Sciences

Either EMSC8022 Analytical Techniques or EMSC8023 Data Science


Capstone Courses

[EMSC8030]

Study Options

Year 1 48 units EMSC8017 Research Methods for Earth Sciences 6 units EMSC8034 Research Orientation: Big Questions in the Earth Sciences 6 units EMSC8033 Computational Geosciences: Problem-solving, Logical Thinking and Programming. 6 units EMSC8022 or EMSC6000- or 8000 level 6 units
EMSC8032 Earth Science Research Proposal & Presentation 6 units EMSC8023 or EMSC6000- or 8000 level 6 units EMSC8021 or EMSC8019 or any EMSC6000- or 8000 level 6 units EMSC8021 or EMSC8019 or any EMSC6000- or 8000 level or any other ANU 6 units
Year 2 EMSC8030 or EMSC6000- or 8000 level or any other ANU <b/>Or EMSC8030 6 units EMSC8030 EMSC8030 (to a max
EMSC8030 or EMSC6000- or 8000 level or any other ANU <b/>Or EMSC8030 6 units EMSC8030 EMSC8030 (to a max

Admission Requirements

.NOTE: This program is only available for Semester 1 intake

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.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0

with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline with a grade point average of at least 5.5/7.0 in these courses.

 

Cognate Disciplines

Earth & Marine Sciences; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Computer Sciences; Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physical Geography; Mathematics; Engineering.

 

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.

 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.

However, 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.

 

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

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.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (1 semester full-time) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (1 year full-time) of credit


Cognate Disciplines

Earth & Marine Sciences; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Computer Sciences; Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physical Geography; Mathematics; Engineering.

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
$48,384.00

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.

NOTE: This program is only available for Semester 1 intake

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 in research methods, computational geosciences, data sciences and analytical techniques, before being provided with expert supervision for a research project. There is a broad range of research topics for you to choose from, including biogeochemistry, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geochronology, geology, geophysics, ocean and climate change and planetary sciences. 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 academia, industry, government agencies and education. It is an excellent qualification for pursuing a career at geosciences agencies or within mineral & hydrocarbon exploration, natural resource management, environmental monitoring, data sciences and the energy sector. The program is also an ideal pathway to a PhD in Australia or at leading institutes around the world.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate high level knowledge in their chosen study area.

  2. Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline.

  3. Design, plan and manage an independent research project to fill a knowledge gap in your chosen field.

  4. Acquire, analyse and interpret independent data, from field, laboratory or computational experiments.

  5. Apply coursework-based knowledge and skills to independent research.

  6. Summarise your results, both orally and in writing, to expert and non-expert audiences.

  7. Communicate effectively with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Earth Science topics.

Research Strengths

This plan includes a compulsory sub-thesis of a minimum 36 units.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

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 postgraduate level courses offered by Science can be found here.

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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