Study options

The following postgraduate qualifications are offered:

Graduate Diploma in Science (GDipSc) in Geophysics

Prerequisites

Graduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 

Course requirements

  • 120 approved points from 200 and 300 level
  • at least 75 points must be at 300 level or above
  • up to 30 points may be from courses outside science
  • a project worth 30 points may be included, with approval

The diploma is effectively a BSc major in geophysics and the programme of study should meet the requirements of the major.

More information about the Graduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) in Geophysics

The PG Certificate in Science can be completed in one trimester or part time over up to two years.

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Certificate students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or equivalent degree or work experience with an average grade of B or higher in appropriate 300-level papers.

Course requirements

60 points from:

Note: the combination of courses must be approved by the School.

More information about the Postgraduate Certificate in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.

Postgraduate Certificate in Meteorology (PGCertMet)

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Certificate students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or equivalent degree or work experience with an average grade of B or higher in appropriate 300-level papers.

Course requirements

60 points from:

Contact Dr Jim McGregor (463 5278) for further information.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) in Geophysics

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with an average grade of B or higher in relevant 300 level courses.

Course requirements

120 points from:

Note: the programme does not include a research project and must be approved by the School.

More information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website

Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology (PGDipMet)

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma students must have previously completed a relevant Bachelor's degree with an average B grade in relevant 300 level courses; or permission from Associate Dean (Students).

Course requirements

120 points from:

  1. GHPS 888;
  2. 75 points from GPHS 420-425;
  3. 15 further points from GPHS 420-431 or course approved by the Head of School.

Courses listed below - prerequisites may apply for some courses.

Contact Dr Jim McGregor (463 5278) for further information.

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc Hons) in Geophysics

Prerequisites

Honours candidates must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a B+ or higher in relevant 300-level courses that includes at least 48 points at 300 level in physics, geology or mathematics, or a combination of those subjects. A suitable level of preparation in mathematics is also essential.

Course requirements

More information about the Bachelor of Science with Honours is on the Faculty of Science website.

Master of Meteorology (MMet)

Prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with an average B+ grade in relevant 300 level courses.

Course requirements

The Master's degree consists of six courses selected from GPHS 420-425 or 430 (listed below) plus a project (30 points) Prerequisites may apply for some courses.

Contact Dr Jim McGregor (463 5278), jim.mcgregor@vuw.ac.nz, for further information.

Master of Science (MSc) in Geophysics

The Masters programme comprises two parts and is normally completed in two calendar years. Part 1 (the first year) involves course work and a research preparation course. Part 2 (the second year) is a full-time research project, leading to a thesis.

Prerequisites part 1

Entry into the MSc for Geophysics requires completion of an undergraduate degree or relevant graduate or postgraduate diploma, including 60 points of approved courses from ESCI, GPHS, MATH or PHYS 302-399

A B+ average in relevant 300 level courses, is required for acceptance into this programme. Students must also have the agreement of a supervisor for their proposed Part 2 thesis project.

Prospective students must also obtain a recommendation by a potential project supervisor before enrolment. All entries are subject to approval by the Convenor of the Geophysics/Earth Sciences Board of Studies.

Course requirements

Prerequisites part 2

Students require an average B+ grade in their Masters Part 1 courses. Students with a lower grade must discuss options with the programme director, which include redirection into a suitable postgraduate diploma.

Course requirements

PhD in Geophysics

The PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and usually takes three to four years to complete. It is an internationally recognised research degree culminating in a thesis and opens up rich and varied career opportunities.

Prerequistes

A first class or high second class Honours or Masters degree.

The Faculty of Graduate Research is the initial contact point for all PhD students. Please visit their website for all queries, including available funding, the role of a supervisor and the application process. The Faculty provides ongoing support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.

PhD students are encouraged to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the School, the University and others. Details can be found on the scholarships webpage.

More information for international students is on the Victoria International website.

Careers

The combination of maths, physics, computing and earth sciences provides a range of skills attractive to many employers. Many work opportunities for geophysics graduates are in government organisations and research institutes, such as the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry for Economic Development, GNS Science, NIWA and ESR.

State-owned enterprises such as Meridian Energy, MetService and Solid Energy employ Victoria geophysics graduates, as well as companies with international operations, for example in oil and gas exploration, drilling services or environmental management.

Local city and regional councils employ geophysics graduates in areas such as emergency management, resource investigations and consents.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) skills are relevant for a range of organisations, including central and local government, regional councils, research organisations and consultancies.

Staff

The following academic staff work in geophysics: