Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

  • CRICOS code: 094596M

Where will this take me?


Career outcomes

Our graduates go on to work as geologists, geoscientists, energy specialists, environmental scientists and advisors, research scientists, geological surveyors, climatologists and weather forecasters.

Employers in this field include:

  • Mining and mineral exploration companies such as Shell, Rio Tinto, ExxonMobil and Woodside Energy
  • Engineering and professional services firms such as GHD, AECOM and Jacobs
  • Government departments of environment and economic development, including the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Universities and public research institutions such as the CSIRO.

Technical and professional skills

On graduating from the course you’ll have a broad advanced education in atmospheric science or geology.

Additionally, you’ll have strong professional skills in:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research planning, literature reviews and ethical considerations
  • Scientific communication, both written and oral.

Further study

At the end of the course, you’ll be well-placed to undertake a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).

If you’re offered a place in the Master of Science (Earth Sciences), with an entry score of at least 80%, you’ll also receive a conditional offer for a PhD through the Graduate Research Pathway. By securing your PhD place early on, you can focus on your masters subjects, then transition into a PhD without the stress of reapplying. More about the Graduate Research Pathway