Postgraduate Certificate in Science

Course 737AA (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months


Kevin Walsh


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

Tel: + 61 3 8344 6404
Fax: +61 3 8344 5803


Course Overview:

This course aims to provide advanced training in the Earth Sciences.

Learning Outcomes:

To provide advanced training in the Earth Sciences to candidates from Australia and overseas.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will undertake a total of 50 points of 400-level studies divided into two 25 point subjects.

Together these two subjects consist of 8 week-long workshop-style intensive modules to be taken over 12 weeks
(for students undertaking full time study). As with the existing BSc (Hons) program, the
individual modules can be selected from a range of electives offered each year in the VIEPS
Handbook. VIEPS is the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Science, comprising the Schools of Earth Science at the
University of Melbourne and Monash University, who have been collaborating in Honours and post-graduate teaching since 1989.

Subject Options:

Students will undertake a total of 50 points of 400-level studies divided into two 25 point subjects.

Entry Requirements:

A Bachelor of Science degree specialising in Earth Sciences, or a Bachelor of Science degree with a background or work experience in Earth Sciences.

Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.

Further Study:

This course offers a pathway to both the Earth Sciences stream of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and the Master of Earth Science.

Graduate Attributes:

Graduates will have:

  • drawn together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies;
  • developed new research and professional skills to take into the workforce or further study; and,
  • gained an in-depth knowledge in a particular discipline.
Generic Skills:

On completion of their studies students will have been given opportunities to:

  • increase their knowledge and understanding of the relevant discipline and awareness of current developments and issues relating to this discipline
  • develop independent and critical thinking skills
  • improve oral and written communication skills
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