Highlights

  • 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. 

Highlights

  • 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. 

Why choose this course?

QUT’s new Bachelor of Science (Advanced) will give you the passport to an international research career with an internationally recognised qualification.

This course is designed for those who have a passion for scientific enquiry and seek to pursue a career in scientific research. You’ll have successfully completed Year 12 Mathematical Methods and a Science subject.  By meetings these prerequisites, you’ll be able to bypass general science units to get straight into your area of passion - in this case, earth science.

This course blends the traditional fields of geology, physical geography and oceanography/hydrology. You will explore current research issues with theory and industry-related, hands-on field, laboratory and modelling work to identify possible solutions. 

This course is exclusively offered to a small cohort of high-achieving, driven students.  This means you’ll receive dedicated support and opportunities, within that community of practice. You’ll study alongside other like-minded students, with leading QUT researchers in the labs and facilities; and immerse yourself in real-world research from your first year – with authentic research environments and projects. You’ll engage with the science research community and participate in QUT’s Science Research Symposium from your first year of studies – where scientific work is presented, critiqued and questioned.

You will have the opportunity to extend your studies in Earth science through participation in extracurricular activities (for example, Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES), industry placements and research assistant positions, within which you can continue your research career beyond undergraduate study.

Real-world learning

Research is the practice of science, and this course has been designed to give you access to authentic research environments, using state-of- the-art research facilities in cutting-edge research contexts from your first year.  You'll receive mentoring from academic staff, existing HDR students and higher-level students in the Advanced Science program.

You'll receive an early entry into the QUT Science Research Community, which brings the opportunity to develop professional networks and connectedness to both your peers and potential employers. Your involvement in the student-led organisation of a research symposium will provide an authentic work-integrated learning (WIL) experience, and link to cutting edge research, not just at QUT but in a national and global context.  You'll engage with current research, emerging topics and will experience the impact of scientific research on everyday life.

You will have opportunities to undertake embedded WIL experiences or internships throughout your studies, engaging with research groups, industry partners and translational research areas.

Learn from the best

QUT has a strong reputation for providing real-world courses with real-world outcomes.  This isn’t just about securing a job – it’s about giving you the skills and knowledge you need to change the world and make a difference.

Our teaching teams are experts in scientific research, including climate change, natural hazards, marine and ocean science and renewable energies - the current and emerging issues in science.  This means you have access to the leaders in scientific research, both as lecturers and as mentors.

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What to expect

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.

Careers and outcomes

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

Details and units

The Earth Sciences Major consists of twenty (20) units [240cp]:

ERB201 Destructive Earth: Natural Hazards

ERB202 Marine Geoscience

ERB203 Sedimentary Geology & Stratigraphy

ERB204 Deforming Earth: Fundamentals of Structural Geology

ERB301 Chemical Earth

ERB302 Applied Geophysics

ERB303 Energy Resources & Basin Analysis

ERB304 Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics

STB310-1 Science Research 1

STB310-2 Science Research 2

Option – select from approved options for Earth Science major

Option – select from approved options for Earth Science major

STB410 Advanced Techniques in Earth, Environmental and Biological Research*

STB411 Advanced Topics in Earth, Environmental and Biological Research*

STH420-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Advanced Research Project*

*Units contribute to Honours class

 

Study Area B requirements for an Earth Sciences Major are:

Applied Mathematics Minor or 

Statistical Modelling Minor

 

and one minor (48 cp) from 

Geology extension minor or 

Advanced Science minor

The Earth Sciences Major consists of twenty (20) units [240cp]:

ERB201 Destructive Earth: Natural Hazards

ERB202 Marine Geoscience

ERB203 Sedimentary Geology & Stratigraphy

ERB204 Deforming Earth: Fundamentals of Structural Geology

ERB301 Chemical Earth

ERB302 Applied Geophysics

ERB303 Energy Resources & Basin Analysis

ERB304 Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics

STB310-1 Science Research 1

STB310-2 Science Research 2

Option – select from approved options for Earth Science major

Option – select from approved options for Earth Science major

STB410 Advanced Techniques in Earth, Environmental and Biological Research*

STB411 Advanced Topics in Earth, Environmental and Biological Research*

STH420-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Advanced Research Project*

*Units contribute to Honours class

 

Study Area B requirements for an Earth Sciences Major are:

Applied Mathematics Minor or 

Statistical Modelling Minor

 

and one minor (48 cp) from 

Geology extension minor or 

Advanced Science minor

Requirements

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Course code
ST20
QTAC code
418052
CRICOS code
102820D
Duration
4 years full-time
Duration
4 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Offer Guarantee
No
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Prerequisites

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C); and

  • At least one of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, B).

  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C).

Assumed knowledge

  • Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); and

  • At least one of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

 

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

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I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • One of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, B)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

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Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $7,400 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $39,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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