Begin study in:

Master of  Responsible Resource Development

Program code: 5623

Delivery location



3 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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 Master of 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 compulsory courses 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, the use of relevant tools, and more.
  • Choose a specialised field of study – either Community Relations or Health and Safety – or take an integrated approach to the program by selecting courses from across community relations, health and safety, and environment.
  • Undertake a research project on a topic relevant to community, environment, or risk management in the mineral resources sector. You'll be involved in all aspects of research, including defining a topic, reading widely, and report writing.

Engage directly with the sustainable development agenda.

  • 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.

  • In the classroom

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry, we know you're busy – that's why courses are available online. Instead of attending classes on campus, you'll engage with online modules and discussions. Some courses may have field trip requirements – contact the Faculty for details.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

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

View all fields of study for this program


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. A minimum of two years practical experience in a related field is required.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Responsible Resource Development at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Responsible Resource Development have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of 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.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Responsible Resource Development pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,200
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Responsible Resource Development at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Responsible Resource Development can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Responsible Resource Development is 5623. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

Apply now

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Responsible Resource Development is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

How can we help?

Here's everything you need to get in touch with us.

Ask a question

Send us your question and we'll get back to you

Live chat

Book a call back

Leave your number and we'll call at a time that suits you

Frequently asked questions

What would you like to know? Browse some of our popular topics or search our frequently asked questions to find answers to some common questions.

How do I know what credit I might be eligible for?

In what month do semesters at UQ start?

Can I go on exchange in a postgraduate degree?

When are my fees due?

How do I find out if my program can be completed part-time?

View UQ Answers