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Geology offers a professional scientific career for men and women who are interested in discovering and developing the
earth's resources. It is a wealth-generating occupation essential to the economies of modern nations. Geology is a multi-
faceted science, offering a wide variety of employment opportunities, working environments and the chance to visit unusual
The department of Geological Sciences offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the Geological Sciences including an honours program. At the postgraduate level the department offers a Master of Science in Geology (by thesis) and PhD program.
For current details about application to UCT for the Bachelors degree program in the science faculty, see the Science Faculty Handbook (1MB pdf file) or the Postgraduate Science Faculty Handbook (400kb pdf).
Information on any of the courses offered in the Department of Geological Sciences can be obtained from the Departmental Secretary:
Department of Geological Sciences
BSc and BSc Honours in Geology
Our BSc degree includes three years of coursework in geology as well as companion fields. It is common for our majors to double-major in Oceanography, Chemistry or Geography (EGS). The major includes a field course which runs during vacations and weekends during the 2nd and 3rd year. You can see some of the field areas in our Photo Galleries. Admittance to the BSc program requires adequate preparation in matric for maths and physical science. See the UCT Handbook for the most up-to-date requirements.
We typically accept 16 students to the Honours year, a combination of our own BSc graduates and students with qualifying backgrounds from other universities. The Honours degree can be taken on one of three tracks: General Geology, Geochemistry, or Petroleum Geology. The Honours year encorporates rigorous modules and a research thesis which accounts for 25% of the year. Our Postgraduates Page shows the current student projects.
MSc and PhD in Geology
The department normally has between 10 and 20 full time postgraduate students in Masters and PhD projects. These degrees are entirely by thesis. Our postgraduates are supported by NRF bursaries, industry partners, and by demonstrating for undergraduate courses and working as research assistants. See the Postgraduates Listing for a sample of current student work. If you are interested in postgraduate studies in the department, visit our staff page and contact potential supervisors in your area of interest.