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.

Research into Nelson Lakes National Park

20 April 2015 A UC postgraduate geology student has been exploring Red Hills in the Nelson Lakes National Park for groundwater springs. (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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‘I was inspired from my very first lecture to go places with Geology...’

Joanna Pawson Studying towards a MSc in Geology
Geophysical Field Assistant, Southern Geophysical Ltd
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Master Talks Semester 1
Wednesday 29 April 2015, starting at 2pm, Tea Room 312, von Haast Building

James Cowlyn, PhD Candidate Department of Geological Sciences UC, TBA
Wednesday 30 April 2015, 12-1pm, Room 210, von Haast Building

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Our department offers a 3 years PhD Scholarship: "Structure and tectonics of a plate boundary basin." This project will investigate the structure and tectonics of the Canterbury Basin in offshore New Zealand. The study will constrain the evolution of Late Cretaceous faulting associated with Gondwana breakup, fault growth models and Cenozoic far-field uplift during formation of the present obliquely-convergent plate boundary through New Zealand. Closing date for applications is the 25th May 2015. For more detail see here.

"There is a 30% chance that the Alpine Fault will rupture within 30 years, a one-in-500 year event that will produce a devastating earthquake of a magnitude 8 or more." PhD student Tom Robinson (Department of Geological Sciences UC) and Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga) discussing the Alpine Fault on TV3s Re-Think programme.

Mark Qugley has been recognized with the GSA Public Service Award at the annual Geological Society of America conference in Vancouver, B.C. The award honours Mark's, "response in the wake of the 4 September 2010 Magnitude 7.1. Darfield Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and for providing understanding, context and vision for the local community and national and international audiences."

New to the Engineering Geology and Hazard and Disaster Management curiculum
For students who want to complete one further year prior to professional employment the new 12-month, 180-point Professional Masters degrees have been specifically designed (in collaboration with industry) to provide opportunities both for advanced learning in two semesters of coursework, and for an introduction to the profession via the 4-month Dissertation. These degrees are available in Engineering Geology (PMEG) and in Hazard and Disaster Management (MHDM).