|Indicative ATAR||70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Geophysicists study the interior of the Earth. They explore for natural resources such as oil, minerals and groundwater, and help solve environmental engineering problems, from natural hazards to pollution monitoring.
In this degree you will obtain understanding and practical training in a wide range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing and interpretation. During your studies you will have hands-on experience using industry standard equipment and software, while also developing background knowledge in geology, mathematics and physics.
You will explore geophysical methods such as seismology, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods. You will also get a thorough grounding in all non-invasive geophysical techniques used in exploration.
What the course involves
The first year provides a foundation of knowledge in areas of physics and mathematics. Year one also introduces the students to geophysical processes, geology, electronic measurement, experiment or survey design, and scientific computing or data processing. Year two provides a solid foundation in geology and the physical and mathematical principles behind geophysical processes. A strong emphasis on the understanding of the physical properties of matter and the transmission and dissipation of energy is provided in the second year geophysics units. An introduction to various methods of analysing and imaging the Earth is also provided in the second year. The third year provides the students with detailed knowledge of the techniques of analysing and imaging the Earth. Geophysical methods such as seismic, magnetics, gravity, electrical and electromagnetic methods are introduced and significant field experience in the operation of industry-standard equipment and computer software is gained during this year.
In the geophysics major you will gain knowledge in areas of physics and mathematics and be introduced to:
- geophysical processes
- electronic measurement
- experiment and survey design
- scientific computing and data processing
- methods of analysing and imaging the Earth.
This course can help you become a:
Graduates generally find employment with oil and mineral exploration companies and geophysical contractors to those companies. Many companies operate internationally and personnel may be relocated on international transfer. Employment opportunities also exist in State and Federal government agencies.
High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
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.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Specialist ATAR
July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
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This course is recognised by:
- The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (US)
- The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
- The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Graduates are eligible for membership of:
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.
- Hands-on, interactive approach.
- Lecturers have real industry experience.
- Excellent links to industry.
- Excellent opportunities for work and graduate employment programs.