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MSc in Geology - Applied Mineral Exploration option (1-Year coursework based)

Continuous development of skills and knowledge is a critical component of success in the field of exploration geology. Because of the constant demands of the workplace, exploration geologists can rarely afford to take significant amounts of time off to update their knowledge and skills. Recognizing this, we have designed two MSc options in Geology to meet these needs.

This one year MSc in Geology Applied Mineral Exploration option (MinEx) is designed for geologists who wish to upgrade their skills by taking an intensive, one-year, course-based degree program. Students may enter the program at any time during the academic year (i.e., September, January, May). This program involves taking six courses, as follows: (1) three two-week modular courses offered in the calendar year enrolled (see list below); (2) an additional three full-term geology graduate courses, as listed in the School of Graduate Studies calendar, for which one may be substituted for by one senior level undergraduate course; and (3) an applied research project (GEOL 5055) that will be determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor and which, if appropriate, may focus on a problem of interest to the candidate's employer where relevant. This project must be submitted within 11 months of starting the program. Note that other modular-based and full-term graduate courses similar in amount of work, duration and academic content may be considered as a substitute for some of the courses at the discretion of the program co-ordinator.


Modular-based courses:

  • GEOL 5055 - Applied Research Project 
  • +GEOL 5326 - Mineral Exploration in Volcanic Terrains**
  • +GEOL 5606 - Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits 
  • +GEOL 5806 - Exploration Geochemistry 
  • *GEOL 5307 - Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration**
  • *GEOL 5607 - Exploration for Hydrothermal Ore Deposits 
  • *GEOL 5956 - Exploration Geophysics

(+) even year courses, (*) odd year courses
** field-based modules


Admission Requirements:

Entrance to the M.Sc. in mineral exploration one-year option is restricted to geoscientists holding a BSc honours degree in the Earth Sciences (minimum B average). Enrolment and residency requirements: students in this option are full-time students.

For additional information, please contact the Applied M.Sc. Program Coordinator Dr. Daniel Kontak.


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