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Earth Sciences

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The Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) is designed to allow Earth Scientists to upgrade their skills and/or retrain by undertaking a year (or longer part-time) of coursework and thesis studies. In addition, the Diploma is open to Science graduates with a background or work experience in Earth Sciences who wish to undertake further studies in Earth Science for business or pleasure. The Diploma studies are modular and available part-time to encourage participation from industry Earth Scientists.


Duration: The Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) can be completed full-time in one year (100 points) or part-time over several years, allowing industry Earth Scientists to attend courses in 2-6 week blocks to complete subjects and carry out thesis and literature review studies remotely, if necessary. International students must take the diploma full-time. The Diploma involves completion of 12 one-week short courses, a literature review and a minor thesis.


Entry Requirements: Admission is open to candidates with a Bachelor of Science degree specialising in Earth Sciences, or with a Bachelor of Science degree with a background or work experience in Earth Sciences. Candidates will usually commence studies at the beginning of February, but mid-year starts are also possible. Admission is subject to the availability of a supervisor for the research component of the diploma.

Intended learning outcomes

  • increase their knowledge and understanding of Earth Sciences and awareness of current developments and issues relating to studies of our planet;
  • develop independent and critical thinking skills;
  • improve oral and written communication skills.
Last updated: 1 May 2019