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Minerals and Energy Economics
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Science (Minerals and Energy Economics)
This course may be completed in 1.5 years full-time or the equivalent in part-time study.
- 1 year, 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Perth City
Advance your mining career, specialising in economic, financial and management issues.
Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.
Highly ranked course
In the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2021, Curtin University ranked number one in Australia, second in Oceania (Energy and Natural Resources) and number four in Oceania (Economics) for its Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics).
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.
Appreciating the business and economic framework in which the resources sector operates requires knowledge of economic, financial, managerial, legal, regulatory, political and social environments.
Our teaching programs are offered in a flexible way to cater for fly-in-fly-out workers and busy mid-career resource sector professionals wanting to balance work and study. They are designed to help these professionals move into senior management or decision-making roles.
Business-oriented students are immersed in the workings of the energy and mining sectors, while those with a technical background learn business tactics and terminology. Both groups graduate with a deeper understanding of the sector, and the tools to put new knowledge into action.
This course will provide you with a thorough foundation in resource sector management and general business theories. You will complete coursework units on economic, financial and management issues.
You can choose the Mineral Economics major or the Energy Economics major.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Take advantage of excellent networking opportunities with other resource sector professionals.
- Many of our graduates now occupy senior managerial or decision-making roles. Graduates have also used the degree to establish their own companies.
- We maintain close, collaborative links with the University of Chile which allows you to take some units in Santiago.
- Units are delivered in a flexible, block release format.
- Our courses are highly industry focused.
What you'll learn
- examine and evaluate economic and financial models and trends that affect the minerals and energy sector
- analyse problems and issues that pertain to the mineral and energy sector and incorporate evidenced based solutions
- access appropriate database sources, using appropriate software packages to manipulate, evaluate and synthesise information to make valid and supported judgments about issues, also developing communication skills, recognising different approaches required to communicate to different audiences especially in decision making in business settings.
- develop skills in gathering and organising information from several sources and recognise and rectify known gaps in knowledge, analysing issues and impacts made by minerals and energy regulators and other stakeholders on international, regional, local and cross-jurisdictional policies, procedures and industry outcomes
- explore and analyse how minerals and energy developments impact local and regional communities and other stakeholders, including Indigenous Australian communities, highlighting the relationship between these natural resources and the land and their inhabitants
- recognise and respond appropriately to the needs of different groups in terms of professional behaviour; work successfully in collaborative teams to achieve stated outcomes
For entry into the Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics), all applicants must:
- Possess an undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university;
- Have a minimum three (3) years of professional work experience; and
- Meet the English language proficiency requirements for this course.
You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.
Note: All applicants will need to submit a copy of their CV/Resume highlighting prior work experience and roles that they have held.
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)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
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: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2021
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What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
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- Last updated on: September 20, 2021