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.

Four UC students win Todd Awards

29 June 2015 Four University of Canterbury postgraduate students are among nine New Zealand university students to receive Todd Foundation Awards for Excellence. (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 is evolving and new things are being discovered all the time, so there are unique opportunities in the field...’

Kate Tinnelly studying towards a PGDip in Engineering Geology
Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, BHP Billiton, Australia
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Dr Andrew Rae (GNS Science, Wairakei Research Centre, Taupo), New Zealand Geothermal Science: TVZ Geothermal Systems - NZ Geothermal Industry - Geothermal Research. July 30 2015, 11am to 12pm, Room 456, von Haast Building

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MSc thesis (HAZM) students James Williams and Finn Scheele attended an exercise writing and management course run by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) on May 12 – 13. The course was designed to cover all of the steps necessary to plan, run and evaluate a scenario exercise. Four groups were formed, with the participants choosing a scenario for each group to plan for across the duration of the course. (read more)

Geological Sciences Masters student Kieran Grace recently attended a workshop in Wellington hosted by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists where he won the prize for the best presented poster for his research on meander loop migration. The workshop focused on how modern depositional systems can be used as analogues for petroleum reservoirs. (read more)

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.