Research in Geosciences

Computational geoscience model

School of Geosciences Postgraduate Studies coordinator: Prof Roberto Weinberg

The School of Geosciences offers an opportunity to build on the knowledge and experience gained during your Honours or MSc degree and professional experience through its PhD and MSc research programs. The school is consistently rated as one of the most successful Geoscience departments in Australia, and has a large, diverse, and vibrant research community of academic staff, research staff, and postgraduate students.
In particular, the School of Geosciences has a large and dynamic postgraduate community with students drawn from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds. This creates a productive scientific environment as well as an active social atmosphere. Postgraduate students in the school are researching into topics that cover the entire spectrum of geosciences, and there is an emphasis on teamwork and interdisciplinary research. We also have active collaborations with other universities within Australia and overseas, industry, and state and federal government agencies (such as CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, and the State Surveys).

Water research in China


Researchers at Monash have access to an enviable range of analytical and technical equipment for geochemical analyses of rocks, minerals and waters, stable and radiogenic isotopes, geophysical measurements, fieldwork, and sample collection and preparation. We also have access to the Australian Synchrotron (which is located at Monash).

The university has a comprehensive support network for the diverse needs of both domestic and international students, including scholarships for tuition and living expenses. Graduates of Monash University have a global reputation as independent learners, innovators and leaders, and so are widely sought after by Australian and international employers.

A range of stipend and tuition-fee scholarships is available for Australian, New Zealand and International Students. There is the potential for scholarships to be taken up at any time during the year.

Successful applicants will typically hold an undergraduate degree based on at least 4 years of study, including a significant research project component (greater than 50% of the overall degree requirement), and have First Class Honours or MSc qualifications or their equivalent. Relevant additional research experience and/or research publications in international journals will provide strong support for scholarship applications. Applicants for whom English is not first language, or who have not undertaken their degree studies with English as the language of instruction, must attain a satisfactory English language test score (TOEFL or IELTS) before the allocation of scholarships.

As a first step please complete an expression of interest application, this information will help your prospective supervisor/s assess your academic ability and research potential.

Please note expressions of interest without academic transcripts will not be considered.


 Projects are available in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Geodynamics
  • Ore Deposit Geology
  • Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Physical Volcanology
  • Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry
  • Palaeontology
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Experimental Tectonics/Analogue Modelling
  • Biostratigraphy and Basin Studies
  • Environmental Mineralogy

For further information Robert Oakley at the school of Geosciences.