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Transforming lives through a focus on quality rather than quantity in Geoscience education and research.

Developing our staff to provide high-quality, confident Geoscience graduates who are capable of making positive contributions to the South African and international labour markets, and who can act as drivers of change through excellence in teaching, research, and community service, and through relevant exposure to the world beyond the confines of the classroom.

The University of the Free State Department of Geology, which will be celebrating its centenary in 2018, aims to provide innovative, dynamic, and relevant training in Geoscience, and is establishing itself as a centre of expertise in Geology, especially in the African context. The expertise of the permanent academic staff members in the department is augmented by a number of affiliated experts to ensure that students are provided with the best, most relevant and up-to-date Geoscience education in South Africa and on the continent.

What we offer:
The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes up to PhD level in Geology, Geochemistry, Environmental Geology, and Mineral Resource Management. The latter only starts at NQF level 9 with our flagship MSc (Mineral Resource Management) degree, which is offered to experienced industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds relevant to the mining and mineral beneficiation industries.

Is this for me?
Geoscientists are sought after in the mining industry, where they are involved with the exploration of mineral resources, and the mining and beneficiation of these resources for the benefit of the society. As a geologist, you are likely to get out of the office on a routine basis to perform fieldwork, mapping, core logging or mine visits. Depending on the career path that you choose, you may also spend significant amounts of time in a laboratory setting. In addition to finding employment with mining companies, geologists are also employed by research institutions, government agencies, financial institutions, and consulting firms. Your undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of the Free State may allow you entry into one of our honours programmes in Geology, which is the minimum academic qualification required to register as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

To become part of the legacy, please contact:

Head of Department: Dr F Roelofse
T: +27 51 401 2515
E: roelofsef@ufs.ac.za

Programme Director: Ms J Magson
T: +27 51 401 2373
E: markramj1@ufs.ac.za

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