Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

193307 v.4 Postgraduate Diploma in Geophysics


Course CRICOS Code: 042208C
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This award is a specialist program in advanced geophysical exploration. It is offered to professional geophysicists and geophysics graduates who wish to extend their knowledge in advanced techniques through a formal course of study. Graduates of this course may also continue on to the master and PhD awards. Fieldwork, laboratory-based workshops and projects provide the opportunities to develop data acquisition, processing and interpretational skills.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree in geophysics or a Graduate Diploma in Geophysics.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Recognition of prior learning in the course may be granted where candidates possess particular work experience or qualifications deemed to be relevant and appropriate. However, such students may be required to undertake refresher background studies as part of their coursework. Such background studies may be similar to those offered in the Graduate Diploma course.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or two years part-time study.

Course Organisation

The course structure is comprised of the following: advanced studies in geophysics - one to four full units; advanced geophysics workshop/project - two to six full units; background studies - maximum of two full units; electives - maximum of three full units (in consultation with the course coordinator). A compulsory dissertation unit is chosen in consultation with the course coordinator or Head of Department. The optional units listed are only an example of units that can be taken. Other units are available following consultation with the course coordinator or Head of Department.

Professional Recognition

The Commonwealth Public Service Board accepts the Postgraduate Diploma in Geophysics as satisfying its requirements for appointment as a professional geophysicists. A degree in geophysics satisfies the academic requirements for membership of The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (USA) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1

Optional units to select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
5554 v.5   Geophysics Workshop 520 4.0 25.0
5562 v.5   Geophysics Workshop 521 4.0 25.0
5563 v.5   Geophysics Workshop 522 4.0 25.0
5564 v.5   Geophysics Workshop 523 4.0 25.0
10309 v.2   Geophysics 561 2.0 12.5
10310 v.2   Geophysics 562 2.0 12.5
10311 v.2   Geophysics 563 2.0 12.5
10312 v.2   Geophysics 564 2.0 12.5
10313 v.2   Geophysics 565 4.0 25.0
10342 v.3   Geophysics Project 544 8.0 50.0
10343 v.3   Geophysics Project 545 8.0 50.0
10344 v.3   Geophysics Project 546 12.0 75.0
10345 v.3   Geophysics Project 548 16.0 100.0
10352 v.2   Geophysics Project 540 2.0 12.5
10353 v.2   Geophysics Project 541 2.0 12.5
10354 v.2   Geophysics Project 542 4.0 25.0
10355 v.2   Geophysics Project 543 4.0 25.0
305054 v.1   Geophysics 566 4.0 25.0
305056 v.1   Geophysics 568 4.0 25.0
305057 v.1   Geophysics 569 4.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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