Applied Geology

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology)(Honours) -BSc. (Curtin)

MoHE approval code: JPT/BPP(R/433/6/0003) 10/20

Location Malaysia or Bentley (a three year BSc (Applied Geology) course is available at Bentley followed by a 1 year Honours on meeting specific entry requirements)
Study Method Full-time
Study Mode On-Campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 Years



In this 4 year course, you will combine a thorough grounding in theoretical and practical Geology with technical and commercial skills. The first year gives you a basic foundation in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Scientific communication and computer skills, and an Introductory to Geology.

The second year focuses on the theoretical, laboratory and field skills required to understand geological processes.

The third year provides comprehensive coverage of all applied disciplines of geology, including Basin Analysis and Petroleum Systems, Formation Evaluation, Petroleum Engineering and Sustainable development and Tectonics and Dynamic Earth.

The final year (Honours) focuses on an independent dissertation and includes courses on Geoscience Professional Practice and Petroleum Engineering.

Why Applied Geology?

  • The research project develops a student’s core research skills including experimental/theoretical/field based studies, data collection and analysis, critical scientific analysis and reporting. The completion of the project demonstrates to potential employers an ability to work on one’s own, and plan and carry out a complex body of work within defined deadlines.
  • Opportunity for publication of your research in peer reviewed journals and books.
  • Opportunity for International research collaboration.

Minimum English language entry requirements

International English
Language Testing System
Overall 6.5
(no individual band
below 6.0)
Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL)
79 (band minimum W-21,
L-13, R-13, S-18)
SPM 1119 English C
GCE ‘A’ Level E
GCE ‘O’ Level C

Cut-off scores

GCE-A Level/ STPM/ (best of 3 subjects) 5
UEC (best of 5 selected subjects) 20
IB 24
Ontario Gr 60
India/ Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Cut-off scores key:

GCE : General Certificate of Education
STPM : Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
IB : International Baccalaureate
ATAR : Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – applicable to all Australian matriculation
HKDSE : Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
India : Includes All India Senior School Certificate awarded by The Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE), Indian School Certificate (ISC) awarded by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Higher School Certificate (HSC) awarded by one of the State Secondary School Boards. Certificates awarded by the CBSE and the CISCE are generally considered to represent a higher level of achievement than state certificates.
Sri Lanka : GCE ‘A’ level issued by the Department of Examinations

Score Conversion for Advanced level/GCE/GCSE:
Grades awarded from 2010 onwards: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
Grades awarded up to 2009: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
AS Levels equal half of that of an Advanced Level, e.g. 3 points for an A*, 2.5 points for an A (prior to 2010)

Subject Grades Conversion for STPM : A=5, A- =4, B+ =4, B=3, B- =2, C+ = 2, C=1
The following UEC subjects are included in the aggregate of best five subject:
• Mathematics • Advance Mathematics I • Advance Mathematics II • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Business Studies • Bookkeeping and Accounts • Accounting
• Economics • History • Geography • Computing and Information Technology

Note: scores for individual prerequisites may be taken into consideration for assessment purposes.

Minimum academic entry requirements

Course Prerequisites

Mathematics (including calculus), physics and chemistry.

Click on the link below to view the Fees and Charges for the offered course.

Fees and Charges

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Geological Soceity of Australia

International Association of Hydrogeologists

Diploma applications will be treated on case to case basis.

A good Honours degree with will enable you to undertake Ph.D studies in Malaysia or anywhere in the World.

Enhanced prospects for employment in a wide variety of careers.

Year 1 Semester 1
Foundations of Physics
Fundamentals of Geology I
Geoscience Communication
Introductory Mathematics
Year 1 Semester 2
Evolving Earth Systems and Palaeontology
Fundamentals of Geology 2
Geoscience, Environment and Society
Introduction to Chemistry
Year 2 Semester 1
Field Geology Techniques
Mineralogy and Geochemistry
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Structural Geology
Year 2 Semester 2
Geological Field Mapping
Igneous Petrology
Metamorphic Petrology
Engineering Sustainable Development
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
Year 3 Semester 1
Basin Analysis and Energy Resources
Field Mapping and Stratigraphy of
Sedimentary Basins
Reservoir Engineering Fundamentals
Year 3 Semester 2
Environmental Geoscience
Introduction to Geophysical Exploration Methods
Petroleum Geology Project
Tectonics and the Dynamic Earth
(Hons.) Year 1 Semester 1
Petroleum Geophysics
Geoscience Professional Practice
Geoscience Honours Dissertation (Full Year – Honours)
(Hons.) Year 1 Semester 2
Geoscience Honours Dissertation Preparation
Geoscience Honours Dissertation (Full Year – Honours)

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