Geology, M.Sc. | University of Cape Town | Cape Town, South Africa
24 months
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Geology offers a professional scientific career for men and women who are interested in discovering and developing the Earth's resources. It is a wealth-generating occupation essential to the economies of modern nations. Join the Geology programme at University of Cape Town to learn more. 


Geology is a multi- faceted science, offering a wide variety of employment opportunities, working environments and the chance to visit unusual places.  The Department of Geological Sciences offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the Geological Sciences including an honours program.  At the postgraduate level the Department offers a Master of Science in Geology (by thesis) and PhD program.

MSc and PhD

The department normally has between 10 and 20 full time postgraduate students in Masters and PhD projects. These degrees are entirely by thesis.  Our postgraduates are supported by NRF bursaries, industry partners, and by demonstrating for undergraduate courses and working as research assistants.   

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Isotope and Marine Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Economic Geology
  • Metamorphic and Mantle Petrology
  • Palaeontology
  • Quaternary Geology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A BSc degree with a major in Geology, first qualifying courses in Chemistry and Mathematics. A first qualifying course in Physics is recommended. The Senate may accept other courses as being equivalent to these and this criterion will be applied when considering science graduates from other universities. 
  • Registrations are limited to 16 and acceptance will be at the discretion of the Head of Department, who will consider quality of final year results, material covered in undergraduate curriculum, and referee reports in making decisions. Preference will be given to UCT graduates who meet the course entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cape Town

9088 - 15529 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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