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Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience

GradDipMinExplGeoSc(Curtin) - GD-MINX Science and Engineering
Location Kalgoorlie
Study method Part-time
Study mode Off-campus or partially online
Intake February
Duration 2 years part time

This course provides an introduction to the role of geology in the mining industry and requires no prior technical knowledge. It is taught part-time using online resources, but students must also attend two five-day field sessions in Kalgoorlie.

The course will be of particular interest to graduates whose work brings them in contact with the mining and petroleum industries and who would benefit from a greater understanding of how mineral and energy deposits are found and evaluated. Topics include geological terminology, descriptions of ore bodies, exploration techniques including geophysics and geochemistry, as well as drilling and resource estimation techniques.

You will also complete a geoscience exploration project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • Recognised bachelor degree.

Special consideration will be given to geoscience graduates with associate degrees or diplomas and several years of industry experience.

Additional requirements

Students are required to attend two five-day field classes in Kalgoorlie.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Please note that this course is not generally available to international students (onshore and offshore).


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $26,700*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 200 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

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