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PGDES Earth Sciences

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

50000 HKD
50000 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted

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About this course

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Can use the terminology and concepts required for a basic understanding of the Earth Sciences.
  • Can recognise the common rocks and minerals; can explain the rock cycle; can describe the main geological structures and processes; can use plate tectonic theory to explain geological phenomena.
  • Has a sufficient understanding of geology to be able to teach the earth science componentsoftheHongKongDiplomaof Secondary Education curriculum (for teachers).
  • Has a sufficient understanding of the geology ofHong Kong to interpret the 1:20 000 Geological Maps and explain observations at key field localities in the context of the regional geological history. 

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Eligibility Criteria

All applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree with First or Second Class Honours in any subject. They are advised that only people with a genuine interest in Geology should apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Earth Sciences. 

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Course Modules

Programme Structure

To be eligible for award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Earth Sciences, a student shall complete 30 credits of which 21 credits are from the four Core Courses and 9 credits are from Elective Courses.

Core Courses (21 credits)

  • GEOS7010 Geology principles and practice (6 credits)
  • GEOS7011 Advanced geology of Hong Kong (6 credits) OR
  • GEOS7033 Geology of Hong Kong (6 credits)
  • GEOS7021 Geological fieldwork I (3 credits)
  • GEOS7035 Intermediate geology (6 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Evening courses

  • GEOS7004 Earth science and environmental management (3 credits)
  • GEOS7027 Earth systems (6 credits)
  • GEOS8201 Applied geochemistry (3 credits)
  • GEOS8207 Global climate (6 credits)
  • GEOS8213 Global tectonics (6 credits)

Daytime courses

  • GEOS7034 Regional geology (6 credits)
  • GEOS8214 Structural geology (6 credits)
  • GEOS8215 Sedimentology (6 credits)
  • GEOS8218 Meteorology (6 credits)
  • GEOS8219 Igneous and metamorphic petrology (6 credits)
  • GEOS8220 Mineralogy and geochemistry (6 credits)

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How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via our on-line application system at http://www.aal.hku.hk/tpg/.


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