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Australian National University

Acton , Canberra ,Australia

Master of Science in Earth Sciences

As a Master of Science in Earth Sciences student, you’ll delve into the complex systems and processes that shape our planet at a time when understanding it has never been more important. You’ll be studying at Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, ranked 9th in the world (QS, 2018). We have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. You'll study courses ranging from computational geosciences to analytical techniques, biogeochemistry, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, ocean and climate change and planetary sciences. If you want cutting edge science training with some of the best facilities and experts in the world, check out our website for further information. Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Campus Information

Acton campus

Our Acton campus is in the heart of Canberra - Australia's capital city - in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). From here it's an easy walk, bike ride or drive to some of Australia's most significant political and cultural institutions including Australian Parliament House. Amongst our modern lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, student residences and administration buildings, you'll find all the conveniences of a small suburb including cafes, bars, supermarkets, child care centres, a newsagency, post office and even a medical centre.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Australian National University takes pride in attracting and retaining outstanding staff.

We offer two categories of employment vacancies, those open to all applicants and others which are only open to ANU staff. To find out how we will handle your information during the job application process.

External job opportunities » Use the Jobs website catalog of current vacancies to find and apply for jobs online.

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A Master of Science in Earth Sciences gives you the opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that are relevant for employment in industry, government agencies and education. It is an excellent qualification for pursuing a career in tectonics, geochronology, mineral exploration and hydrocarbon exploration.

Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate high level knowledge in their chosen study area.

Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to the discipline;

Acquire, analyse and interpret independent data, from field, laboratory or computational experiments.

Apply their knowledge in the discipline to new problems;

Demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;

Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Earth Science topics.

 

PSW Opportunity

  • The Insternational student studying in ANU, Canberra gets 3 years of PSW for PG Program

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate research, or a higher degree by research (HDR) program, is a research-focused degree usually undertaken by someone who has completed a previous degree with a significant research component.

Postgraduate research degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

Eligibility

Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  • An Australian Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or
  • Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  • A combination of qualifications, research publications, and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

Admission to a Master of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  • An Australian Bachelor degree or higher, with an overall grade of distinction or higher, or its international equivalent, or
  • Another degree that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  • A combination of qualifications, research publications, and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).
  • All applicants must meet the University's English language requirements for admission, noting that it is possible for you to apply without yet meeting English. In this case, if you are approved for admission, your offer would be conditional on meeting our language requirements.

A supervisor must be available at ANU willing to supervise your research before an offer may be made. If, however, you are applying to the ANU College of Business & Economics, please check with this College about their arrangements for setting up supervision.

A score of 70% or more with no section less than 65%

Academic IELTS An overall score of 7.0 with a minimum 6.0 in each component of the test.

TOEFL** - paper based test A score of 600 with a TWE* score of 5.0.

TOEFL** - internet based test An overall score of 100, with a minimum of 22 in each component of the test.

Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015) An overall score of 185 with a minimum of 169 in all sub-skills.

PTE Academic An overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 60 in each of the communicative skills.

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

with a grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0
with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline with a grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0 in these courses.
 
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.