The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivers practical solutions to the complex issues that affect our physical environment and how we interact with it.

Our interconnected teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management.

Researchers, teachers and students from around the world are drawn to our vibrant academic environment at UQ’s stunning St Lucia campus. We house world-class research facilities and have access to unique fieldwork locations in Australia and abroad.

UQ’s research excellence in earth and environmental sciences is world renowned, and is reflected by our consistent high ranking in respected global league tables. 

ShanghaiRanking's latest Global Ranking of Academic Subjects places us #25 in the world for Geography.

According to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, we're #1 in Australia and #19 in the world for Environmental Sciences.

Nature Index Top 25

We are also ranked in the top 25 in the world for Earth and Environmental Sciences in the latest Nature Index Tables

Primary pure and applied research underpins all of our activities, informing how we collaborate with our community, government and industry partners, and what and how we teach our undergraduate and postgraduate students. We have an enviable reputation for quality teaching and learning, and many of our staff are recipients of national and UQ teaching awards.

So it’s no surprise that employer demand is high for our graduates, who leave us with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to create change and help shape policy.

Consolidation of expertise

Our School was formed on 1 January 2017.

Consolidating academic expertise from two former groupings at UQ – the School of Earth Sciences, and the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management – the amalgamation acknowledges the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of earth and environmental sciences.

By bringing together experts from these interconnected fields, we hope to strengthen capacity, and provide greater disciplinary coherence and opportunity.

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