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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Mineral Resources

Enhance your scientific and technical knowledge and accelerate your career in the dynamic minerals sector.

Whether your goal is to enhance your scientific and technical knowledge, accelerate your career, or gain entry into the dynamic minerals sector, this one year Graduate Diploma program will support your professional aspirations.

You'll learn from experts with applied research backgrounds to ensure you gain the latest scientific knowledge. Experienced industry associates will also explore with you a range of strategies for practical implementation that puts this knowledge into industry contexts.

Not only will you advance your knowledge in key specialist areas of the minerals industry, but you'll also develop analytical skills that enable you to critically assess complex industry problems, and investigate and resolve operational problems in a safe and commercially efficient manner.

On completion of these programs you may also be eligible for membership of professional bodies such as the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Geological Society of Australia, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Program highlights

  • Learn from experts with applied research backgrounds.
  • Choose to specialise in Exploration Geology or Exploration Geophysics.
  • Develop analytical skills that enable you to critically assess complex industry problems.
  • Gain practical experience while enhancing your report writing and project management skills.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Exploration geologist
  • Exploration geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Mining surveyor
  • Resource development geologist
  • Geotechnical geologist
  • Modelling geologist
  • Geotechnical engineer

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor degree in geological science, geological engineering or related field; or
Graduate Certificate in Mineral Resources.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.