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Exploration Geophysics

Exploration geophysics is an applied branch of Earth Sciences that utilises physical phenomena to remotely image and characterise the subsurface, with applications in mining, oil & gas, geothermal, groundwater, and carbon underground storage industries.

The Department of Exploration Geophysics at Curtin offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy internationally recognised, degee-level courses in geophysics as well as industry-relevant research opportunities. We participate in several Collaborative Research Centres and an industry-sponsored reservoir characterisation consortium. The University is proximal to the oil, gas and mineral fields of Western Australia. Scholarships are available to high-achieving students.

When you study geophysics at Curtin you will use seismic, magnetic, electromagnetic, radiometric and gravitational technologies and techniques to determine the structure and composition of natural (and sometimes artificial) materials below the Earth’s surface without the need for drilling or excavation. During this process you will use advanced software and hardware to collect, process, display and interpret data, and apply physics, computing and mathematics in practical ways on commercial and environmental projects.

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 assessment, Curtin University ranked above world standard in Geophysics.

Professional recognition

We are a dedicated team of highly respected, professional trainers and researchers who will provide you with all the skills and training you need to become a fully-qualified professional geophysicist. When you complete your geophysics degree with us you will be able to gain admission to the following prestigious societies:

Career opportunities

Geophysicists are employed in petroleum, minerals and environmental industries by engineering companies, environmental agencies, mining companies, government, universities and regulatory agencies as well as in other, more diverse areas ranging from archaeology to astronomy and planetary sciences.


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WA School of Mines Alumni support all graduates who have studied within the School. They also offer networking, mentoring and scholarships for current students.

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