Master Science Earth Sciences

Master of Science in Earth Sciences


As a Master of Science in Earth Sciences student, you’ll delve into the complex systems and processes that shape our planet, at Australia’s leading academic research institution for earth sciences.

You’ll study courses from different earth science disciplines including computational geosciences, data sciences, analytical techniques, biogeochemistry, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geochronology, geology, geophysics, ocean and climate change and planetary sciences.

Our practical classes build on your traditional technical knowledge while developing your skills in new cutting-edge experimental techniques.

Key facts

  • #1 in Australia and top #15 in the world for Earth & Marine Sciences (QS 2022)

  • #1 for Geophysics and #1 for Natural Sciences (QS 2022) in Australia

  • 2 years full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

  • Prior learning recognised

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

World class facilities

Use state-of-the-art facilities and technology including gravity monitoring tools, machine learning platforms, an engineering workshop, mass spectrometers and cosmogenic nuclide, seismic stations, eco-chemistry, noble gas and data visualisation laboratories.


Program details

In the first year, students complete a set of introductory courses which augment the skills and knowledge from their undergraduate degrees, courses in science communication and courses designed to develop an understanding of the role of science in society and business. In the second year, students take a set of lecture based courses with broad applicability, courses on current research frontiers in the earth sciences, in addition to a capstone: a self-directed, project-based course designed to integrate a broad range of skills required for the earth sciences.


A Master of Science in Earth Sciences gives you the opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that are relevant for employment in industry, government agencies and education. It is an excellent qualification for pursuing a career in tectonics, geochronology, mineral exploration and hydrocarbon exploration.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Learning experience

Earth Science Internship

Earth Science internship is a win-win

The Research School of Earth Sciences has launched a pilot internship program in the mining industry. Gain practical experience on mine sites and analyse minerals in the lab.

Learn about the pilot program

Solving a very big (but very small) molecule mystery

Tharika Liyanage is going to make you excited about cheilanthanes - whether you know what they are or not.

Read about Tharika's research
jack - earth science

Welcome to a geologist's paradise

Jack shares highlights from his three-week intensive geological field mapping course on the Greek islands.

Read Jack's travel blog

Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

View fees


Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.


Dr Rhodri Davies

Dr Rhodri Davies

Over the past 10 years, Rhodri has developed sophisticated tools for simulating mantle convection, whilst also demonstrating the power of these to improve our understanding of mantle dynamics. 

Professor Penny King

Professor Penny King

Penny examines the interaction of planetary materials with gases and the role of these processes in understanding the evolution of planetary environments and surfaces. Her areas of expertise are Geology, Geochemistry, Surface Processes and Mineralogy and Crystallography.

Andy Hogg

Professor Andy Hogg

Andy's research interests centre on physical processes governing the ocean and climate. His research focuses on Ocean Modelling, the Southern Ocean, Ocean Eddies and, Energy and mixing in the Ocean.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications

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