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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Petroleum Geology and Geophysics)

Course Structure

  • Nominal Length

    1 year (full-time). Part time not available.

  • Type

    Fourth year undergraduate SCA-liable program comprising coursework and a research project written up as an internally-examined thesis (~ 5 months).

  • Potential Applicants

    Australian and New Zealand citizens who have completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in geology and/or geophysics and wish to obtain a highly-regarded entry-level qualification for the upstream Australian petroleum industry.

    For applicants who already have an Honours degree in geology or a related discipline, or an equivalent volume of professional learning, you may wish to consider the Master of Science (Petroleum Geoscience) program.

  • Prerequisite Qualifications

    Applicants normally require an Australian Bachelor of Science degree (3 years) or recognised overseas equivalent, majoring in geology and/or geophysics. Credit average or better preferred. Graduates with majors in related fields (e.g. physics, chemistry, marine science) may also be eligible.

  • Intake Dates

    One intake only per year, at the start of Semester 1.

  • Course Work

    View the description and course synopses of the coursework program.

  • Research Project and Thesis

    Research projects are generally provided by petroleum companies or government agencies, although data may be provided from research projects being conducted by academics within the ASP. Research projects are allocated to students by the ASP, but student preferences will be taken into account as much as possible.

    The research projects are worked on full time during Semester 2. Projects that are based on an internship within a company will be offered to as many students as possible. Students will have at least one academic supervisor and, where appropriate, an industry supervisor from the sponsor company. The data and/or results may be protected by a confidentiality agreement if necessary. The completed project is documented in a thesis, which must be submitted for examination by a deadline in late October/early November. Thesis grades will be determined following student presentations and an oral defence of the thesis at the end of November.

  • Industry Internship

    In past years, every student has been provided an internship with a company to gain exposure to the industry environment while commencing work on the research project.  However, the number of internship places available varies from year to year, and internship places cannot be guaranteed for every student.  If there are more students than internship places, these places will be allocated based on merit; alternate internship/research projects will be provided within the ASP for students without an industry placement.

  • Scholarship/Project Support

    All students in this program who are awarded an internship with a company based outside of Adelaide will be provided with an internship scholarship that will cover travel and additional living expenses (up to $6000). Some Adelaide-based projects may also be associated with a scholarship award; if available these will be advertised alongside the project proposals. Unless clearly stated alongside the project proposal, research expenses will be provided for each project to cover necessary sample analysis/fieldwork costs. This will be managed either by the sponsoring company or the Australian School of Petroleum.

    Interstate students will be considered for the Tony Williams Scholarship ($1000) or a Relocation Allowance of up to $750. For further information, visit scholarships. Calls for applications for other competitive scholarships may be made during the year.

  • Assessment

    Coursework assessments are based on a combination of examinations and the marking of practical exercise and assignments. Results for individual topics are weighted according to the length of the course to arrive at an average coursework mark.

    The thesis is assessed by at least two examiners chosen from ASP staff.

  • Cost

    As these figures and conditions may change, interested students should make enquiries concerning fees to the administration section of the university.

  • Applications

    If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, please complete the application form.

    Please contact for instructions regarding how to apply.

    If you have any enquiries regarding application for this program, please direct them to Dr Kathryn Amos, Program Coordinator.

    Applications from Australian (citizen and permanent resident) applicants will be reviewed in two rounds. These will take place in late August and late October. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after these dates. Unsuccesful applicants reviewed in the first round will be carried over and included in the second round of review. All applicants reviewed in the second round of review will be notified shortly afterwards of the outcome. If places on the program remain, applications received after October will be reviewed soon after they have been received, up until the program starts.

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