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Masters by Coursework


Master of Engineering Science (Mining)
2 years full-time
Curtin Kalgoorlie


Learn to design, operate and manage a mining operation, and improve your mining engineering knowledge.

Mining students inside a mine

Mohammad Moridi

Studying at Curtin gave me experience at running real soil and rock tests at a geomechanics laboratory as well as working with underground mining simulators. I also loved Curtin’s ethical principles and social justice, the equality of opportunity in education and the well maintained and safe environment their campuses provided.

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked first in Australia and second in the world for mineral and mining engineering. (QSWUR by Subject 2020)

Mining engineering involves applying skills and knowledge in science and technology to safely and efficiently extract minerals from the earth.

Mining engineers plan underground or surface mining locations, development and exploitation, and coordinate functions and operations related to equipment, services personnel and processes. They design, implement and monitor safe development of mines and use of equipment.

Due to the nature of mining, which disturbs the natural environment to extract minerals, mining engineers must be concerned with mitigating damage to the environment. They must also ensure a sustainable operation that benefits the local community throughout all phases of a mine's life cycle.

Mining engineers may work in offices during planning, before moving on site to oversee the mine development and operation.

This course produces engineers who can design, operate and manage a mining operation. It it suitable if you are looking to develop specialist knowledge in mining engineering, or if you are a current mining professional looking to advance your career. 

You will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of core areas of mining engineering, followed by an in-depth exposure to theory and practice in mine geotechnical, and mine planning and management. You will also complete an individual project, under the supervision of an engaged supervisor. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Our courses are designed for those outside the mining discipline, as well as for those already in the mining industry who wish to up-skill and/or develop specialist knowledge of mining engineering.
  • These courses will prepare you for the responsibilities required of quarry or underground managers.

Career information

Careers for mining professionals include in-house specialists in mining and chemical companies, consultants, academics and researchers. Graduates can expect to obtain employment within these sectors or to further their current careers in mining engineering within the minerals industry.

What you'll learn

  • apply scientific, engineering ,technological and management principles to mine development, plan and manage mining projects or mine geotechnical engineering projects extending the knowledge base through research
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse mine design, operational planning and management systems and processes or mine geotechnical design and develop suitable engineering processes and solutions
  • access, evaluate and synthesise mine planning and design or geotechnical engineering information from multiple sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of mining engineering, using the written word and oral presentations
  • apply information technologies and mining software tools to generate engineered solutions to mining and design problems and continuum and discontinuum modelling/software tools to generate engineered solutions to geotechnical design problems
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning and team-skills by applying critical reflection, evaluation and proactive managing and working in teams
  • identify the constraints and impacts of mine design and management decisions and geotechnical systems in the global environment and identify and apply local and best practice ethical and regulatory standards to design and management processes
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life and in the implementation of projects in a culturally diverse environment
  • work in accordance with professional standards and demonstrate responsibility towards the broader community.

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

Specifically, you require a minimum entry of a three-year Australian recognised degree in mining engineering or closely related discipline with a credit (65 percent) average or above in the final year. Applicants with other qualifications and experience may only be admitted with the consent of the appropriate senior academic.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,900*
Total indicative course fee $75,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,800*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $19,300*
Total indicative course fee $77,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,600*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 0 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-MINING
  • CRICOS code: 078759G
  • Last updated on: September 28, 2020