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Applied Geology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Cape Town, South Africa
Applied Geology at University of the Western Cape is the study of the history of our planet Earth and the processes that have acted upon it. Geologists are interested in the changes that the earth has undergone and how its physical, chemical, and biological systems have interacted during it’s 4.5 billion year history.
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Applied Geology graduates from University of the Western Cape utilise this historical records and knowledge to predict, find and recover materials that can be used profitably by humans, including fuels, ore minerals, and building materials.

The entire World economy is driven by energy (petroleum and uranium ores) and various metals derived from assorted mineral deposits. South Africa is endowed with numerous ore and fossil deposits, which will continue to need the attention of local geologists.


  • Exploration and/or mining geologist.
  • Research
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Consulting Geologist
  • Academics pursuing research and lecturship in universities
  • Business Enterpreneur

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    375 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics 
  • Introduction to Science
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Environmental & Water Science 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The study permit application form
  • A valid passport
  • An official letter from UWC stating that you have been accepted for the course and the duration of the course
  • A police clearance certificate for every country you have lived in for more than a year since you were 18 (less than 6 months old)
  • A Medical Report (specific form to be filled in)
  • A Radiological Report (In the form of a chest X-Ray to confirm you do not have TB - specific form to be filled in)
  • Medical cover with a registered South African medical scheme for the duration of your course or which can be renewed yearly for the duration of the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5280 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1958 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Local: 32,800 - R45,650 South African Rands
  • International: 76,520 South African Rands

Living costs for Cape Town

  • 9088 - 15530 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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