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Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-GPHYS Science and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

Duration 3 years full time

Course overview

Geophysicists study the interior of the Earth. They explore for natural resources such as minerals, oil, gas and groundwater, search for buried objects in archaeological and forensic investigations, and address environmental engineering matters from natural hazards to underground carbon storage.

This highly comprehensive course is the only one of its kind in Western Australia, preparing you for a professional career in exploration geophysics and providing understanding and practical training in a wide range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

As a geophysics graduate, you can work within a range of fields and industries, including groundwater monitoring and management, archaeological investigations, environmental investigations and planning, mining oil and gas, civil engineering site assessments, monitoring and detecting natural hazards like earthquakes and landslides, or assessing the feasibility of underground carbon storage. Alternatively, you may consider a career in teaching or research.

About the course

Units within this course comprise a comfortable mix of theoretical lectures and practical lab classes which feature authentic geophysical equipment.

The first year covers foundation knowledge of physics and mathematics. It also introduces you to geographic information systems, geoscientific communications, geology, scientific computing and data processing.

The second year introduces you to geophysical exploration methods, and looks at geology and the physical and mathematical principles behind geophysical processes. The course material is accompanied by practical sessions and strongly emphasises the physical properties of matter and the transmission and dissipation of energy.

The third year provides you with detailed knowledge of techniques used to analyse and image the Earth. Seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods are covered in detail and you will gain significant field experience in the operation of industry-standard equipment and computer software.

Within this third year, you take a core unit that’s entirely practical-based, consisting of a week-long field trip to a mine site, exploration tenement or equivalent field site where you can learn to plan and carry out geophysical surveying methods in a genuine field setting.

This course can help you enter the following fields / industries:

  • archaeology
  • environmental
  • geophysicist
  • government geological surveys
  • mineral exploration
  • oil and gas
  • research
  • teaching

If you are a high achieving student, you may complete an additional honours year enabling you to undertake your own significant research project.

If you don’t meet the required level of high school mathematics and/or physics subjects, but meet the basic science entry requirements, there may be other ways to gain entry into the course, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

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.


July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning. Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Why Geophysics?

  • Hands-on, interactive approach.
  • Lecturers have real industry experience.
  • Excellent links to industry.
  • Excellent opportunities for work and graduate employment programs.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.