Department of Geology

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Department of Geology


The Department of Geology at the University of Johannesburg is internationally recognized, with high standards and status. Academic staff members have diverse backgrounds, with excellent national and international reputations. Collaboration with national and international researchers is significant. Research is conducted with institutions in Africa, Europe, Russia, Brazil, India, Japan, China, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, and the United States. Many postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the Department visit these countries for research purposes, thereby broadening their geologic perspective. The UJ Department of Geology is centrally located with respect to the mineral and mining industry in southern Africa. Members of academic staff have good contacts with the mineral and mining industry. The national and international standing of the Department's academic staff contributes to the excellent reputation of students who have completed their degrees successfully and found employment. Student graduates benefit from numerous career possibilities in all aspects of the mineral, mining, exploration, and environmental industry. Employment opportunities for students who graduate from the Department are considerable, not just in Africa but also globally. The UJ Department of Geology offers unique courses and research opportunities to potential students and post-doctoral researchers. Examples include training and research in the geology and exploitation of ferrous mineral deposits, sedimentology of carbonate successions and associated base-metal deposits, coal geology and coal-bed methane, structural and metamorphic geology of orogenic provinces, geochemistry of igneous complexes and their associated ore deposits, and geological studies of southern Africa together with related dispersed fragments of Pangaea, Gondwana, Rodinia, and Vaalbara. Postgraduate bursaries and funds are available to the UJ Department of Geology, to be awarded to qualified postgraduate students. Most postgraduate bursaries (Honours, Masters, and Doctors) are linked to UJ research funds, to the Department, or to academic staff, and do not compel students to work for a specific company or institution after completing their studies.

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