Welcome to Geology at Rhodes University
The Geology Department at Rhodes University is over 110 years old, having celebrated its centenary in 2005, and has a proud tradition of producing high quality geologists both for the academic and industry streams throughout its history. As part of a double-major programme in the Faculty of Science, we offer a 3-year undergraduate BSc major programme in Geology with a strong emphasis on fundamental geological skills and a well-rounded curriculum. This is complemented by a one-year Honours post-graduate degree programme involving the cultivation and demonstration of higher-level skills. Each year except 1st year includes a "hands-on" field course component in which applied skills and a team ethos are developed.
The Geology building in spring
In addition to standard postgraduate research degrees (MSc and PhD) in a wide variety of subject areas, the Department features a world-class Exploration Geology MSc programme, one of only about four similar ones in the world (and we were the first). This programme, established in 1978, is an internationally-recognised training and degree programme for exploration geologists from all over the world. It consists of a part time programme normally over two years of lecture-, practical- and field-based studies.
Currently the economic crisis has affected key commodity prices which has led to fewer job opportunties than in the recent past. Given that the economy of the minerals industry is cyclic this is an excellent time to spend a couple of years at university in order to upgrade existing degrees. More and better career options will be available in the future and higher level training will enable you to exploit them. If you are interested in finding out more about any of our training programmes, please see the relevant weblinks for further information, or contact us.
Department of Geology
P. O. Box 94GRAHAMSTOWN 6140South Africa
| Physical address:
Department of Geology
Artillery RoadRhodes UniversityGRAHAMSTOWN 6140South Africa
|Tel: +27 (0)46 603 8309Fax: +27 (0)46 603 7346
How to find us
The Department is located on the main campus in Artillery Road at the intersection of Lower University Road. For further directions to the Rhodes University please use the online map
Undergraduate (BSc) degree in Geology
Honours degree in Geology
Exploration or Economic Geology MSc
- Research MSc and PhD degrees
Admission, tuition fees and residence costs
Information on admission and costs of study at Rhodes, together with application forms, can be found here.