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.

Canterbury research into clean-up plans wins

14 July 2014 A UC geological sciences postgraduate has won a competition about communicating his thesis investigating the clean-up work required after an Auckland volcanic eruption. (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 love... the new tools and software that are being used to study Geology...’

Narges Khajavi Studying towards a PhD in Geology
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Seminars have finished for this year. Please join us again at the beginning of Semester 1 2015.

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Pre-Semester Fieldtrips 2015

Important information for ENGE410 Students 2015
Please note that the seven-day fieldtrip to Cass and Westport starts on Friday 6 of February 2015. We are leaving at 8:30am from the loading bay of the Department of Geological Sciences and return to Christchurch on the Thursday 12 of February 2015.

The following field trip to Harihari will leave on Sunday 15 of February 2015 at 8:30am from the loading bay of the Department of Geological Sciences and will return to Christchurch on the Thursday 19 of February 2015.

Important information for GEOL352 Students 2015
Please note that the two fieldtrips to Cass and Kaikoura start on Monday 16 of February 2015. The two fieldtrips leave at 8am from the loading bay of the Department of Geological Sciences

Hot Topic

"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).

Templin Scroll Success
Geological Sciences postgraduate students Tim Van Woerden (HAZM) won the ‘best report’ prize and Alex McCall (ENGE) was another finalist in the IPENZ Templin Scroll competition on 7 October 2014. The competition is for best presentation of a technical engineering or applied science report and is sponsored by the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ).  Their technical reports have been selected of 20 entries from across the Science and Engineering Colleges and judged to be in the top four. 
Tim and Alex presented to a packed lecture theatre and a judging panel of professional engineers. 
Tim entered his HAZM 401 assignment which assess natural hazard risk in Franz Josef and presented a cost-benefit assessment of different mitigation options.  Alex entered his HAZM 410 assignment on Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment and the influence on New Zealand building codes. 

Congratulations to Tim and Alex!