Welcome to Geological Sciences

Geology is an incredibly diverse and multidisciplinary subject. It’s about understanding Planet Earth so that we can benefit human society and sustain the environment that supports us. We have excellent and challenging courses and research programmes which prepare students for a diverse range of career options, such as in geo-exploration, volcanology, hazard management, engineering geology, environmental planning, water resources, science teaching and geoscience research.

Discovery channel filming giant catapult in action

9 April 2014 One of the biggest documentary television channels in the world, Discovery, will be filming a University of Canterbury giant catapult volcanic research project later today. (read article)

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Engineering Geology Programme

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Geothermal Research Programme

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Geoscience Education Research Group

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‘Geology affects our everyday lives more than you'd think...’

Stu Mason Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Geology
Geotechnical Engineer, Australia
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Dr Natalya Reznichenko, Department of Geography Durham University, "Rock avalanche-glacier interactions: pilot study of recognition of rock avalanche material in glacier accumulation zone"
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 12 noon, Room 210, Von Haast Building

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Advance Notice: This year the 400 level student orientation will be held on Tuesday 4 March at 11.00 am in Room 312 in our Department in the von Haast Building and is followed by a pizza lunch at 12pm

GSNZ conference. Congratulations to our students on a job well done at the recent GSNZ conference. Emma Rhodes was awarded first place for her poster on volcanic hazards. Nick Riordan and James Cowlyn were both awarded 2nd place for their talks. Sarah Bastin received the Wellman prize and Grace O’Sullivan received the Hastie award. Sarah Bastin also received student of the year at the recent Geotechnical Society conference in Queenstown.

"Lava chasers" featuring University of Canterbury volcanologist Dr Ben Kennedy.  Ben was on Hawaii testing a new theory about how bubbles collapse in lava, and the weather channel filmed the process. See more