Graduate Diploma of Science (Geology)

Provides further training and skills for geological science graduates who are working in, or looking to join, the mining and mineral exploration industries.

Course summary
Campus Townsville
Mode On campus study.
Part time available
Degree type Coursework
Midyear Entry Yes
Duration 1 year
CRICOS Code 076291M

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What is geology?

Geologists study the Earth, the rocks of which it is made, and the process by which it was formed.

Who is this course for?

This is a comprehensive course is for geological science graduates looking to specialise in mining and mineral exploration. You will benefit from the proximity of the world-class mineral districts of Mount Isa and Charters Towers.

How you will study

This course is available in Townsville. It is available part time (domestic students only) and full time.

Why JCU?

James Cook University brings together a team of academic and associate staff across multiple disciplines.

  • Nationally-recognised leader in geoscience

  • Major research centres including the Economic Geology Research Unit

  • Internationally-acclaimed academic teaching staff

  • Strong collaboration with industry and research organisations, both locally and internationally.

Career Opportunities

A postgraduate qualification from JCU can enhance your career prospects, enable you to reskill and change careers completely, or develop a specialist area of expertise and personal interest.

A range of opportunities await graduates in the academia as well as in private and public sectors.

Graduates can get jobs as research assistants or support staff for teaching. With a PhD, you can gain research positions (Postdoctoral, Fellowships) that are often funded for a few years, or apply for permanent positions as a lecturer and researcher.

Other positions in this field include environmental geologist, field/ exploration geologist, geochemist/ mineralogist/ petrologist, geomorphologist, hydrogeologist/ hydrologist, mathematical geologist, mine site geologist, paleontologist, petroleum geologist, stratigrapher, and structural geologist.


This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.