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Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) - Geology

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
4 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
Campus:
University of Auckland
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Summary

If you have a clear idea about the direction you want to take in science, and you’re ready to undertake a four-year programme, the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) could be for you.

Programme overview

We have designed this programme with budding scientists in mind. It’s for students who want to pursue postgraduate research. From Chemistry to Computational Biology, and Ecology to Environmental Change, the 11 specialisations available in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) span the spectrum of the sciences.

You’ll develop advanced disciplinary knowledge and relevant research skills, and you’ll undertake original research in your chosen area. Depending on how well you do in your courses, you may be able to progress straight to a PhD.

You may be able to transfer between the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), with faculty approval.

You can also study for a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) as a conjoint programme, which means you can take two undergraduate programmes at the same time.

The programme comprises three core courses, courses from your chosen specialisation, including a research project, and some freedom to choose other courses from the Science schedules. In your first year you’ll enrol in eight courses. You should include courses from your chosen specialisation, as well as a core course and other courses in the Science schedules.

In your second and third year you’ll enrol in a range of more advanced courses from your chosen specialisation – as well as additional core courses, and other courses within the Science schedules to add depth to your knowledge. In your final year you’ll enrol in a range of postgraduate-level courses from your specialisation, and you’ll complete your own research project in collaboration with one of our researchers.

Geology:

Geology considers the physical forces that act on the Earth, the chemistry of its constituent materials, and the biology of its past inhabitants as revealed by fossils.

Subject overview

Geology covers a diverse range of subject matter including, but not limited to, volcanology, geothermal energy, paleo-climates and environments, economic geology, natural hazards, applied geophysics and the various rock and mineral forming processes.

You’ll gain an internationally accepted qualification, excellent research skills and the knowledge to work in many exciting fields. Being based in the impressive natural laboratory of Auckland, with an array of field equipment and analytical facilities to support our research activities, is a real advantage.

Where can Geology take you?

Graduates can expect to find employment locally and internationally, working for environmental consultancies, geological and exploration companies, engineering firms, local or central government.

You could be doing geological surveys and mapping, geochemical and geophysical exploration, petroleum and gas assessment, coal field development, surveying, mineral processing and mining, assessing natural hazards, audits, land stability studies, oceanography and education.

Where could this programme take you?

While your Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) will prepare you for doctoral study, you’ll also emerge with the advanced knowledge and skills demanded by employers in your sector of interest.

Further study options

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). For entry based on CIE you must first meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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