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  • 125 Years of education and research in geosciences.
  • Best Ranked best in NSW and 24 in the world for the study of Geography.
  • 5 out of 5 For research excellence in both geology and geophysics.
  • Leader Of ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Basin Geodynamics and Evolution of Sedimentary Systems
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School of Geosciences

Study the earth, its origins, the environment and people
A dynamic group of disciplines made up of Geology, Geography and Geophysics. We tackle key issues facing society including climate change, resource management and sustainability.

Geosciences is the study of the Earth – its oceans, atmosphere, rivers and lakes, ice sheets and glaciers, soils, its complex surface, rocky interior and metallic core. This includes deciphering the history and possible future paths of Earth’s evolution and many aspects of how living things, including humans, interact with the Earth.

Geosciences also investigates the past, measures the present, and models the future behaviour of our planet. It also studies the other planets, asteroids, and the solar system, both to better understand the Earth and to expand our knowledge of the universe.

Teaching at the School of Geosciences

As a student in the School of Geosciences you will learn how to analyse problems and work out solutions. You will have opportunities for hands on experience outside of the classroom in the field and laboratory.

We are invested in the future work prospects of all of our students. We are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability*.

The School of Geosciences is built upon Australia's oldest Department of Geology which was established in 1893, followed by the foundation of Australia’s first Department of Geography in 1920.

Because of its porousness, geosciences offers opportunities to make connections across boundaries and offers a lot of latitude in terms of research, which is how I have ended up working on such a wide range of topics.
Bradley Garrett - University of Sydney Research Fellow and Human Geographer

Info Day Welcome

Congratulations to everyone on completing your HSC and getting an ATAR score.  What now?

Info Day is an opportunity to talk with academics about your options so that you have the most accurate and up-to-date information to make decisions about your life.

In the School of Geosciences, you will find a dynamic and varied group of disciplines made up of Geology, Geography, Geophysics, Environmental Studies, Marine Science and people who are knowledgeable and passionate about sustainability.

Our research and teaching on climate change, population, rural areas, hazards and vulnerability, coral reefs, food security, earth systems science, environment, sustainability, volcanos, cities, beaches, and similar themes means we are addressing national priorities and issues of importance to people in Sydney, throughout Australia and around the world. As a student in the School of Geosciences you will learn how to analyse problems, work out solutions, and communicate these clearly to others. Your studies will reward you with valuable skills to launch a professional career often involving international travel, out-of-doors work in exotic locations, and the ability to contribute to better environmental futures.

We understand that many young people are concerned about the future of the planet, and they want to make a positive difference.  We also know that high school graduates want a career.  Our undergraduate majors in geography, geology, geophysics, environmental studies and marine science provide a foundation for your future. 

We look forward to talking with you on Info Day and in early 2019 seeing many of you in our first semester foundational unit of study that highlights the integrative nature of our school and potentially your education:  GEOS1001 Earth, Environment and Society.

The University of Sydney has a number of high quality teaching and research facilities available to geosciences students.

  • Our Madsen Building is fitted out with laboratories and specialised equipment suitable for all disciplines within the geosciences. We have sorting and weighing facilities to assess items collected on field trips as well as high-tech computing systems and software to assist with analysis and reporting.
  • The University of Sydney Marine Studies Institute (MSI) is amongst the largest marine research and education centres in Australia. MSI is a partner in the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) whose headquarters are in Chowder Bay. Students are often taken on field trips to utilise the facilities and equipment here.
  • One Tree Island, located in the southerly part of the Great Barrier Reef is managed by the University of Sydney. Used for marine research, the 4 hectares of reef are often visited for field studies.

The School of Geosciences is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion and has set up a committee to oversee these principles.

We make all efforts to support staff with caring responsibilities and retaining staff who are planning a career transition such as parental leave. We have developed a Parental Leave Process to reinforce the School’s commitment to supporting and growing a talented and diverse workforce.

Read the committee’s Terms of Reference here or contact one of our Equity Officers Kevin Davies, Tristan Salles or Bree Morgan. 

Head of School

Phil McManus
Professor Phil McManus
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School of Geosciences

  • Room 348 Madsen Building F09, The University of Sydney

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