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Postgraduate Programmes (BSc Hons)

HONOURS DEGREES (BSc Hons)

The Department of Geology offers two programmes at honours level.  The honours programmes consist of theoretical modules as well as substantial practical and project work components. 

The honours degree in Geology (code 02240141) follows on the undergraduate study programme in Geology and employment is generally within the mining industry with additional options in forensic geology, exploration geology and analytical services.

The Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology options for specialisation of the honours degree Engineering and Environmental Geology follow on the undergraduate study programme in Engineering and Environmental Geology.  Two fields of specialization are offered within the honours programme, namely Engineering Geology (code 02240370) and Hydrogeology (code 02240373). 

Admission to the Honours Programmes

Geology: Candidates with a BSc (Geology) degree are admitted only if the candidates comply fully with the undergraduate requirements.  In some instances the Head of Department may prescribe additional modules prior to a candidate being allowed into the honours programme.   Thorough understanding of all fundamental geology modules forming parting of the undergraduate programme is required.

Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology: Candidates with BSc (Geology), BSc (Engineering and Environmental Geology), BSc (Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology) or BEng (Civil or Applied Engineering) degrees are admitted only if the candidates comply fully with the undergraduate requirements.  In some instances the Head of Department may prescribe additional modules prior to a candidate being allowed into the honours programme.  The prescribed undergraduate Soil Mechanics (SGM320) and Rock Mechanics (GLY364) modules, second year course Groundwater (GLY 256) and third year course Engineering Geology (GLY 363), or equivalent at other academic institutions, provide the necessary background.

Available Positions: In the event of the course being oversubscribed, candidates with a poor undergraduate academic record and/ or poor performance in the Introduction to Technical Reporting and Scientific Writing course may be refused entry into the course, as well as students exceeding the minimum period for completion of the bachelors degree.  The number of positions available in the programmes will be determined annually.  In general, a maximum of four students are allowed per full-time available lecturing staff member.  If some of the staff members are on leave or sabbatical, less students may be allowed into the programme for that year.  Subject to the additional limitations noted above, a maximum of 25 students may be allowed into the B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology programme, and 15 students into the B.Sc. (Hons.) Engineering and Environmental Geology programme.


Full programme details are available at Academic Programmes.

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