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MSc Geology - Applied Mineral Exploration (Accelerated)

Continuous development of skills and knowledge is a critical component of success in the field of exploration geology. Constant demands of the workplace may mean that exploration geologists can rarely afford to take significant amounts of time off to update their knowledge and skills. Recognizing this, we offer a one-year accelerated program. 

This one-year MSc Geology - Applied Mineral Exploration (Accelerated) 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:

  • three two-week modular courses offered in the calendar year enrolled (see list below)
  • 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
  • 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 the amount of work, duration and academic content may be considered as a substitute for some of the courses at the discretion of the program coordinator.


Modular 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 MSc Geology - Applied Mineral Exploration (Accelerated) is restricted to geoscientists holding a BSc honours degree in Earth Sciences (minimum B average).

Enrolment and residency requirements: students in this option are full-time students.

For additional information, please contact the current Applied MSc Program Coordinator.


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