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QUT (Queensland University of Technology)

  • 17% international / 83% domestic

Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Earth Science)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

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.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time
Course Code
ST20, 102820D
Intake Months

About this course

  • Designed for high-achieving students interested in a career in science research.
  • Bypass general science units to get straight into Earth Science.
  • Immerse yourself in real-world research from your first year - with authentic research environments and projects.
  • Study alongside other high-achieving students, with leading QUT researchers in the labs and facilities.
  • Specialised quantitative mathematics minor to build analytical skills needed to underpin your scientific research.

What you will learn

In this new, embedded honours specialised course, you can expect to study alongside a small cohort of high-achieving fellow science enthusiasts for four years. You'll be immersed in real-world research from your first year in authentic research environments, with leading QUT researchers and projects.

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, biogeoscience and atmospheric science. The marine and freshwater parts of the Earth define the fields of oceanography and hydrology.

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 energy resources and minerals. Climate change, earthquakes and renewable energy are just a few of the issues that require knowledge of earth science.

Career pathways

Careers and outcomes

As a graduate of Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours), you will be an emerging research scientist, having played a significant role in designing, planning and executing an independent research project at the forefront of science and technology. Possessing advanced knowledge and skills in scientific research and analysis methods, you will have experience in applying these skills to design experiments and solve complex real-world problems. High-level communication skills will ensure you can present knowledge and ideas clearly and effectively, in both oral and written forms, to diverse audiences. You will be a critical thinker, able to apply judgement, to develop new understanding, to consolidate and synthesise new knowledge, and to adapt readily to different contexts.

These transferable skills will make you a highly valued as a STEM professional and are applicable across multiple industries. Those skills, together with your depth of knowledge in your specialist study area, will provide a myriad of employment opportunities, including:

  • Geologist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Natural hazard analysist/modeller/mitigation expert
  • Oceanographer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Researcher
  • Laboratory manager.
Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership in a number of professional societies, such as the Geological Society of Australia, Australian Institute of Geologists and other overseas professional societies.

Research pathways

This honours-level qualification has a strong focus on research pathways in STEM and provides you with a more specialised degree, for a particular science discipline. As a graduate, you will be ideally prepared to enter a PhD program.

Possible careers
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine Scientist
  • Mine Geologist
  • Natural Resource Scientist
  • Project Manager