Course Description

Gain the knowledge for careers in the resource, environmental or research sectors through a blend of current research issues, theory and hands-on field, lab and industry work.

The Earth is an amazing place and for an earth scientist, it offers a unique natural laboratory that covers space and time. Earth science is a multidisciplinary science that applies chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics tools to understand earth processes, decipher its past and predict its future. Earth scientists work to monitor changes in the Earth’s environment and suggest solutions to problems. They study natural hazards to prevent loss of life and reduce property damage. Earth scientists play key roles in the search for fuels and minerals. Climate change, earthquakes and geothermal energy are just a few of the issues that require knowledge of earth science.

Earth science (also known as geoscience) blends the traditional fields of geology, physical geography and oceanography/ hydrology. Geology describes the rocky parts of the Earth’s crust (or lithosphere) and its development. Physical geography, which studies the Earth’s surface, includes geomorphology, soil science and biogeoscience. The marine and freshwater parts of the Earth define the fields of oceanography and hydrology.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,300 per year full-time, $27,900 total course cost
International Students: $38,500 per year full-time


3 - 2 years full time, 4 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 74.9% (national average 67.0%)
Improved skills: 90.7% (national average 85.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 83.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from QUT (Queensland University of Technology). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 59.9% (national average 57.2%)
Studying full time: 44.7% (national average 45.2%)
Median full time salary: $57,900 (national average $55,300)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 077696D
QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Code: ST01

Entry Requirements

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English
  • Maths B

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: At least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth Science, Geography or Maths C.

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Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Selection Rank: 72