Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need for admission to study Geology at UP? 

Grade 12 certificate with university exemption. The admissions test of the University of Pretoria is also strongly recommended. In addition, an admission point score of 30 is required, with two languages at a rating code of 4, Mathematics at 5 and Physical Science at 4. It is also strongly recommended that students have written the third paper in Mathematics as geometry is a critical skill in any geological science.

What are the employment opportunities?

Most of these will be either in the mining industry (SA has many operating mines) or in the exploration sector, who search for new deposits of minerals and other commodities. Both types of companies tend to be fully international and therefore job opportunities exist all over the world. The major Sunday newspapers have several jobs on offer almost every weekend throughout the year, and the website “Earthworks” offers a large range of vacancies throughout all sectors of the earth sciences.

What is needed to qualify and practise as a geologist (or an Engineering Geologist or a Hydrogeologist) in South Africa?

A BSc (Honours) degree with Geology as a major subject and following either the Geology Study Programme or the Engineering and Environmental Geology Study Programme (see elsewhere on this website under Academic Programmes). In addition, all such geoscientists must register with SACNAS (SA Council for Natural Scientfic Professions) and once in the industry and involved in ore reserve estimations, or consulting engineering geological or hydrogeological practices, adherence to certain local and international statutory codes will be necessary. It should be emphasized that the practice of any type of geology is a profession with all the relevant attributes of integrity, ethical values and professionalism implicit therein. 

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