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Mastering geology

Published on Friday, 17 Sep 2010
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Geoscientists can boost their professional qualifications with a master of science degree in applied geosciences, offered by the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) department of earth sciences.

Programme director Professor Andrew Malone says: "We aim to build a reputation for quality and to distinguish our programme from others by its strong geological emphasis. The core of the programme is the teaching of geology in the classroom and in the field. It is taught by well-known experts from HKU, the government and industry."

It consists of six themes: engineering geology, environmental geology, engineering geology with Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) approved courses, geosciences with sustainable development, general applied geosciences, and the latest climate and earth science studies.

The engineering geology, with HKIE approved courses, is tailor-made for graduate geologists who aspire to become engineers. It offers geologists a route to membership of the internationally recognised HKIE.

Most applicants are earth-science graduates and many are civil engineers. There are also surveyors, planners, teachers and people working in environmental science-related fields. "Enrolments have always been small, normally 15 each year, which makes it easier to keep up standards. Graduates usually work in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, environmental protection, planning, land surveying, natural hazards protection and geophysical surveying," Malone says.

Teaching takes place mainly on weekday evenings and students are expected to undertake field and laboratory work at weekends. Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree with honours in science, engineering or physical geography, or a related subject. The programme is one year, full time or two years, part time. 

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