Master of Science – Geology, M.Sc. in New Zealand

University of Otago

Study in:New Zealand
177 days
Deadline: 10 Dec 2019


The Master of Science – Geology at University of Otago highlights the exciting and dynamic geological history of New Zealand, and the origin of the New Zealand fauna and flora.Geology, the science of the Earth, is concerned with understanding:

  • The Earth’s internal structure and composition, its dynamic character (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics), and the processes that occur within it
  • The processes that shape the surface of the Earth, and the materials that constitute its surface layers
  • The origin, occurrence, extraction and conservation of the Earth’s natural resources – minerals, fossil fuels, soils, water
  • The place of the Earth within the Solar System
  • The history of life on Earth.

Increasingly, understanding of geological principles and processes is essential for those concerned with awareness of natural hazards, civil engineering problems, impacts of global change, the responsible utilisation of Earth’s natural resources, pollution and waste disposal, and environmental and resource planning and monitoring.

Program Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Project
  • Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geo-science

Academic Requirements

  • Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by program with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand.
  • A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor’s degree.
  • If you hold an honors degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.


The University offers a number of generous masters’ awards and doctoral scholarships (for PhD and other doctoral-level study). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, research ability (where applicable) and suitability within the department. No interview is required. Students already receiving a full scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs are not usually eligible.

You can find out more about our scholarship options by visiting our scholarship page:

Detailed Program Facts

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