Sustainable development is vital to the mining sector, but also presents a raft of practical challenges. This program will teach you how to manage different social, environmental, safety and risk considerations, so you can achieve the best possible outcomes.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development is designed both for current industry professionals who want to improve or update their knowledge and for new graduates who want to diversify their career options.
  • Complete one course about sustainable development. You'll study the history and theory of sustainability, how it's being addressed by industry at local, national and international levels, and how to assess and measure different initiatives.
  • Choose courses from a specialised field of study. You have the option of completing three courses from one field, or you can mix and match, and complete three courses from different fields of study. For more information, see the Fields of Study tab.
  • Benefit from a flexible program. Courses are delivered in online or intensive modes, which will provide you with face-to-face time with lecturers through online webinars. Some courses may have workshop requirements – contact the Faculty for details.

The Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development will develop your core knowledge about the role of sustainability in the extractives industry and advance your skills in problem-solving, communication, project management, teamwork and more.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Faculty of Engineering was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. Courses in this program are taught in conjunction with the Sustainable Minerals Institute, which is the world's leading research centre dedicated to sustainability in the resources sector.

  • Why study

    Pursue further study

    On completion, you can choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma or the Master of Responsible Resource Development. Because courses are taken from the master's course list, you can transfer study credits to the higher-level programs.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 3 fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development.

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Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.0 on a 7 point scale OR relevant post-secondary study and at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and work experience will be individually assessed. A minimum of two years practical experience in a related field is required.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Community Relations

The Community Relations field of study teaches up-to-date content relevant to relationship between resource companies and their associated communities. Courses are taught by leading academics and industry practitioners from the global resources sector, and cover topics relating to resource projects and community relations. These courses will equip you with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand, engage with, and contribute to the communities affected by resource extraction and related activities. The Community Relations field of study is co-ordinated by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining.


The Environment field of study will guide you through the many issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable mining in the extractive industries. The sector needs skilled mining professionals who can identify environmental problems and implement integrated environmental management plans. Courses cover the latest developments in environmental management, vegetation and habitat rehabilitation, mine waste management, water management, and managing the complexities of post-mining landscapes. The Environment field of study is coordinated by the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety field of study offers a comprehensive range of technical courses to help you understand risk management in the minerals industry. Courses cover a range of key health and safety topics, including risk management, human-factors engineering, occupational health and safety, and incident investigation and analysis. Courses emphasise the skills required to implement best practice standards. Case studies are used to explore how theories and concepts are applied on-the-job. This field brings together innovative research and industry knowledge to create safer and healthier working environments. The Health and Safety field of study is co-ordinated by the Minerals Industry Safety & Health Centre.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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