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Master of Science (Earth Sciences) (MC-SCIEAR)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleMaster of Science (Earth Sciences)
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code094596M
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points200 credit points
Duration24 months full time

The Master of Science (Earth Sciences) is a coursework masters degree incorporating a substantial research project.

The Master of Science gives students the opportunity to undertake a substantive research project in a field of choice as well as a broad range of coursework subjects including a professional skills component, as a pathway to PhD study or to the workforce.

The program includes collaboration between Earth Sciences/Geosciences departments from at least two other institutions (originally Monash and La Trobe universities, under our Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences or ‘VIEPS’ legal agreement and partnership) expanding in the last decade to involve cooperation between several institutions (including Melbourne). Cooperation at this national level provides students from all participating institutions with the opportunity to access the best and broadest array of advanced coursework in the Earth Sciences discipline.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have
completed:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in Agricultural Science, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Food Science, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Plant Science or Zoology, with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%) in the best 50points in that major or relevant discipline studies at third year.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Note:

  • Quotas may be applied and preference may be given to applicants with evidence of appropriate preparation or potential to undertake research.
  • Entry into this stream of the Master of Science is subject to the capacity of the department(s) or schools(s) offering the program stream to provide adequate supervision in a research project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual student and may be subject to the agreement of a member of academic staff to supervise the project module.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

This course aims to:

  • equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise appropriate for post-graduate research in the Earth Sciences field;
  • exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking; and
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks.

Graduate attributes

Graduates will:

  • have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical enquiry, analysis and reflection;
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities, problem-solving and communication;
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment;
  • be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces.

Course structure

Students must complete 200 pts including:

  • Discipline Core subjects (50 points);
  • Discipline Elective subjects (0 - 12.5 points);
  • Professional Skills subjects (12.5 - 25 points);
  • Research Project (125 points).

Two streams are offered in the Master of Science (Earth Sciences program): the Atmospheric Science stream and the Geology stream.

Subject options

Discipline Core - Atmospheric Science stream

Students must take 50 points of the following:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ATOC90004 Current Topics in Atmospheric Research Not available in 2019 12.5
ATOC90005 Atmosphere Ocean Interaction and Climate
Summer Term
12.5
ATOC90006 Climate Analysis and Modelling Not available in 2019 12.5
ATOC90007 Mesoscale Atmospheric Dynamics Not available in 2019 12.5
ATOC90010 Statistics in Climate Dynamics
March
12.5
ATOC90011 Convective Clouds and Storms Not available in 2019 12.5
ATOC90012 Advanced Dynamical Meteorology
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90013 Atmospheric Modelling Not available in 2019 12.5
ATOC90014 General Circulation of the Atmosphere
March
12.5
EVSC90033 Air Quality Monitoring
August
12.5
ERTH90026 Climate Modelling and Climate Change
Semester 2
12.5

* Students who satisfy the mathematics prerequisites for the 3rd-year subjects of the Atmospheric Science major are permitted to substitute one 3rd-year or level 9 Atmospheric Science subject in place of any core discipline subject, after first obtaining the permission of the Masters Coordinator.

Discipline Elective - Atmospheric Science stream

Students must choose a further 12.5 points from level 9 Earth Sciences subjects, Professional Skills subjects or 300-level Science subjects. One elective from another stream within the Master of Science, Master of Environment or the Master of Energy Systems may also be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Discipline Core - Geology stream

Students must take 50 points of the following subjects, 25 points of which are required to correspond to their thesis topic:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ERTH90029 Environmental Geochemistry Not available in 2019 6.25
ERTH90030 Mineral Exploration Through Cover Not available in 2019 6.25
ERTH90031 Regolith Geoscience Not available in 2019 6.25
ERTH90032 Interpretation of Satellite Images
Summer Term
6.25
ERTH90033 Geology from Geophysics
Summer Term
6.25
GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
Semester 1
12.5
GEOL90027 Advanced Structural Mapping Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90028 Geochronology and Thermochronology
March
6.25
GEOL90029 Geology of Gold
March
6.25
GEOL90030 Coastal Environmental Geomorphology
April
6.25
GEOL90031 Ore Reserve Estimation Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90032 Introduction to Mineralogy
October
6.25
GEOL90033 Mine Safety and Engineering Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90034 Practical Igneous Petrology
June
6.25
GEOL90035 Geodynamics
May
6.25
GEOL90036 Australian Coal Basins Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90037 Applied Structural Geology Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90038 Igneous Geodynamics and Ore Deposits
June
6.25
GEOL90042 Ore Textures & Breccias Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90043 Fundamentals of Geological CO2 Storage
Winter Term
6.25
GEOL90044 Ore Deposit Models
May
6.25
GEOL90045 Exploration Skills Mapping
Summer Term
6.25
GEOL90046 Environmental Geology Field Techniques
September
6.25
ERTH90051 Python for Earth Sciences
April
6.25
ERTH90034 Advanced Hydrogeology
June
6.25
GEOM90044 Geographic Information Systems
Summer Term
6.25
GEOL90047 Basin Evolution & Sequence Stratigraphy Not available in 2019 6.25
GEOL90049 Introduction to Structural Geology
August
6.25
GEOL90048 Sedimentary Basins and Resource Analysis
March
6.25
GEOL90050 Field Geology of New Zealand
March
12.5

Discipline Elective - Geology stream

Students must also take a further 12.5 points of approved coursework subjects, selected either from the above subjects, professional skills subjects, or from 300-level geology subjects. Electives from another stream within the Master of Science, Master of Environment or Master of Energy Systems may also be approved on a case-by-case basis. Students who satisfy the prerequisites for the 3rd-year subjects of the Geology major are permitted to substitute one 3rd-year subject in place of any core discipline subject, after first obtaining the permission of the Masters Coordinator.

Professional Skills

Students must take one to two subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BUSA90403 Business Tools: Money People & Processes
September
12.5
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90005 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term
12.5
SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
EDUC90839 Science in Schools Not available in 2019 12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90059 Introduction to Programming
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90072 The Art of Scientific Computation
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
PHYC90045 Introduction to Quantum Computing
Semester 2
12.5

Research Project

Students enrolled in this program are required to complete a 125 point Research Project. Students will gain research experience in Earth Sciences by completing an original research project in their main field of interest. The amount of work completed in this project should be comparable to that undertaken for a published journal article, and students will be encouraged to submit their work for publication. Although the assessment weighting for the literature review may be viewed as low given the word limit, particularly when compared with the final thesis, the former is largely a ‘reading topic’, from which the student is expected to place their research project into a broader context. In contrast, and as noted above, the final thesis is expected to be a far more rigorous scientific document, showing an appropriate level of insight and scientific interpretation of results, and be of publishable quality.

Assessment is based on:

  • satisfactory completion of a research presentation after completion of 50 points of the research project (3%);
  • a literature review of no more than 4,000 words (5%);
  • a project-related oral presentation within two months of the conclusion of the project (7%);
  • a concise thesis of no more than 25,000 words (85%) due at the end of fourth study period; and
  • Successful completion of research project reviews at the end of each semester (hurdle)

These assessment requirements are applicable to the entire 125 point Research Project.

The project will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of semester of entry (semesters 1 or 2) and continue for up to 88 weeks until the end of the fourth semester, minus recreation leave of between 4 and 8 weeks (22 weeks per semester over the four semesters). For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student’s supervisor. The Research Project will be due for submission by the end of the formal examination period of the fourth semester of enrolment if an earlier date is not specified.

Research Project (125 points)

Students may enrol in a combination of research project subjects and coursework subjects over their two years of full-time study as long as once the Research Project is commenced (which may not be the first semester in the case of part-time course enrolments), the consecutive enrolment requirement is met and to ensure they have completed a total of 125 points for the research project by the end of their course. Students intending to enrol part-time should note that the research project requires at least one semester of full-time study.

Students will first enrol in Earth Sciences Research Project Pt 1, and then progress through to Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Students may only progress through Earth Sciences Research Project subjects upon successful completion of the earlier project component.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ERTH90035 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt1
March
July
12.5
ERTH90036 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt1
March
July
25
ERTH90037 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt1
March
July
37.5
ERTH90038 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt1
March
July
50
ERTH90039 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt2
January
July
12.5
ERTH90040 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt2
January
July
25
ERTH90041 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt2
January
July
37.5
ERTH90042 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt2
January
July
50
ERTH90043 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt3
January
July
12.5
ERTH90044 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt3
January
July
25
ERTH90045 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt3
January
July
37.5
ERTH90046 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt3
January
July
50
ERTH90047 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt4
January
July
12.5
ERTH90048 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt4
January
July
25
ERTH90049 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt4
January
July
37.5
ERTH90050 Earth Sciences Research Project Pt4
January
July
50

Further study

The Master of Science offers a pathway to a PhD.

Last updated: 8 August 2019