Geophysics is an extremely diverse science that deals with the study of the Earth as a complex system, including its composition, structure, origin and evolution of life, environments, global climate and sea level changes, natural hazards and sea exploration.

The combination of geology with other disciplines such as geography, geology, archaeology, biology, chemistry, computing, engineering, economics and law can lead to many specialisations.

The honours year

The School of Geosciences offers honours courses in geography, geology and geophysics. The honours year represents the bridge between undergraduate studies (which are content-driven) and postgraduate studies (which are research-driven).

During honours, you will undertake a major research project on a specialised topic in geophysics under the direction of a supervisor (and sometimes a co-supervisor), submit a thesis embodying the results of your investigation and undertake such coursework as may be presented. You can either develop your own research topic or become part of a larger research project already happening in the school.

Further details relating to honours in geophysics are available from the honours coordinator. Contact details are available on the School of Geosciences honours information page.

Workload and assessment

In the honours course you will undertake formal coursework during your first semester and participate in seminars throughout the year as required. You will study original problems, work in the field, the laboratory, libraries, and in some instances in conjunction with other university or government departments.

Honours in geophysics requires an original research project to be undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor (and sometimes a co-supervisor), and the presentation of this in the form of a thesis with a maximum of 20,000 words. The thesis accounts for 70% of the Honours grade.

Additionally, honours students in geophysics are required to give a final oral presentation of their thesis results (worth 5%) and complete an approved coursework program (worth 25%). Coursework requirements vary between different disciplines and students.

Honours projects

The common practice in geophysics is for students to participate in specified projects that are coordinated by academics.

For a list of existing project opportunities and to download the honours handbook, visit the School of Geosciences honours information page.

Related subject areas

Environmental Studies
Marine Science

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