Geochemistry is the study of the chemical composition of the earth and its rocks and minerals.

If you have an interest in earth systems science, you can learn about geochemistry along with other areas of geology within selected courses on our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Science degree programs.Specialist geochemistry streams feature in both our Exploration Geology and Exploration Geophysics elements of our postgraduate coursework programs in Mineral Resources. Your investigations will focus on geology, with an overlay of how anthropogenic activities interact with the surficial environment. Practical work includes exercises with stream and soil sample data sets, stream sediment and soil sample collection, a site visit to a commercial laboratory and the evaluation of the analytical results obtained from these samples.

Why choose Geochemistry at UQ?

Our undergraduate geochemistry courses will equip you with the ability to look at the big picture, and as a postgraduate you'll gain the knowledge and experience to conduct a geochemical survey and to interpret the results in a meaningful way.

Our Mineral Resources programs are designed to expand your knowledge of emerging mineral and petroleum exploration technologies and of how to increase efficiencies in the technical and scientific management of the mining industry.

On graduation, you may be eligible for membership professional bodies, including the:

Postgraduate programs

Master of Mineral Resources

Graduate Certificate in Mineral Resources

Graduate Diploma in Mineral Resources

Application information

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Research higher degrees

We offer the following research higher degree (RHD) programs:

Find out more about our research higher degrees.