Master of Minerals Geoscience

Master of Minerals Geoscience

Course code

100404

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

1. Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor of Science degree with a Geology major, or Bachelor of Geology degree from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above; and

2. Minimum 3 years of minerals industry and/or government geologist experience; and

3. Employed at the time of application, with a supporting letter from the employer.

* Applicants with 6 or more years of mineral industry experience and evidence of sufficient financial capacity may be excepted from criteria #3.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

International Students undertaking the course on a student visa are restricted in their study plan options.

In the course structure only Option 2 and Option 4 are available and students will also need to select subjects from Table 2.  The 4 part time Research Dissertation subjects EA5535:03, EA5536:03, EA5537:03 and EA5538:03, ensure that at least one subject is undertaken in each of the compulsory study periods.

International students who are not on a student visa are not restricted by the above requirements

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards.  They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility.  JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia.  They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability.  They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Masters of Mineral Geoscience at James Cook University will be able to:

- Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including understanding of recent developments, in minerals geoscience;

- Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information, concepts and theories from a range of sources;

- Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to minerals geoscience;

- Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using advanced mathematical, statistical and technological skills;

- Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, scientific data, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to specialist and non-specialist audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media;

- Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and expert judgement;

- Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts;

- Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others;

-  Apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques and tools to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EA5024:06 Business and Financial Management in the Minerals Industry

EA5027:06 Advanced Field Training

EA5028:06 Advanced Techniques in Mining and Exploration Geology

EA5029:06 Integrated Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing of Mineral Exploration Targets

OPTIONS

Select one of the following options

OPTION 1:

24 credit points of cross-institutional subjects

Select 24 credit points of external study from University of Tasmania and/or the University of Western Australia.

OPTION 2:

12 credit points Research Dissertation plus 12 credit points of cross institutional subjects

Select 12 credit points of specified Research Dissertation subjects from Table 1 or Table 2

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of external study from University of Tasmania and/or the University of Western Australia

OPTION 3:

6 credit points Special Project plus 18 credit points of cross-institutional subjects

EA5026:06 Special Studies or Special Project approved by the program co-ordinator in exceptional cases

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of external study from University of Tasmania and/or the University of Western Australia.

OPTION 4:

6 credit points Special Project, plus 12 credit points Research Dissertation; plus 6 credit points of cross institutional subjects

EA5026:06 Special Studies OR Special Project approved by the program co-ordinator in exceptional cases

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified Research Dissertation subjects from Table 1 or Table 2

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of external study from University of Tasmania and/or the University of Western Australia.

Table 1:

Research Dissertation Full-Time 

EA5531:06 Research Dissertation Part 1 of 2

EA5532:06 Research Dissertation Part 2 of 2

Table 2:

Research Dissertation Part-Time 

EA5535:03 Research Dissertation (Part Time) Part 1 of 4

EA5536:03 Research Dissertation (Part Time) Part 2 of 4

EA5537:03 Research Dissertation (Part Time) Part 3 of 4

EA5538:03 Research Dissertation (Part Time) Part 4 of 4

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

The core subjects are each offered in block mode and students only need to be on campus for when the subjects are run (~2 weeks), and/or for any necessary lab work for dissertation research if Option 2 or 4 is selected.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study, including National Minerals Geoscience Masters Program subjects where appropriate in accordance with  the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Optional external study is chosen from University of Western Australia, Master of Ore Deposit Geology and University of Tasmania, Master of Economic Geology.

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF MINERALS GEOSCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

MMinGeoSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable