Curtin University

Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and techniques used by geologists and others in exploring for and evaluating mineral and energy deposits. It assumes no prior geological knowledge, and is well suited for those who are already employed by or interact with the resources sector in finance, investment, administration or non-geological technical roles, and wish to gain a better understanding of the geoscience behind mineral and energy exploration projects. The ability to travel to Kalgoorlie and to undertake basic field work tasks is an inherent requirement of this course.

Designed for

Those wanting an understanding of the techniques used by geologists in investigating mineral deposits


Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages:


  • The first semester of this course provides an introduction to fundamental geological concepts and a number of basic skills including rock and mineral identification, field geology and the interpretation of geological maps and cross sections. Subsequent semesters focus on the origins and characteristics of Earth's mineral and energy deposits, and the techniques used to explore for these deposits and assess their size and value. Course materials are delivered online, supplemented by two intensive five-day field based sessions in Kalgoorlie, one in each year of the course.

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Study pathways

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Curtin Kalgoorlie No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

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