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- Mining Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Develop the skills you need to extract minerals from underground or open-pit mines.
Highly ranked course
Curtin is ranked first in Australia and second in the world for mineral and mining engineering education. (QSWUR by Subject 2021)
Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.
Mining engineering is where the latest technology is used to extract minerals from the earth safely and efficiently.
It’s a profession defined by rapid scientific advancement, and, as a Curtin student, you’ll be at the cutting edge.
In this major you will learn about emerging mining technology such as robotics, data analytics and additive manufacturing. You’ll delve into mining economics, gain understanding and consideration of working with Indigenous cultures, and discover how to make a positive contribution to sustainable development.
You can broaden your learning and enhance your employability by studying elective units.
The degree is tailored to guide your transition from the classroom to a job in the global resources sector, fully equipped to handle the technological developments that are transforming the industry.
In your first year, you’ll study the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY), learning the fundamental concepts and develop the skills common to all areas of engineering.
Following this, you can go directly to Curtin Kalgoorlie, or study for a second year in Perth before completing your third and final years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.
As you progress, emphasis will be placed on mining science and technology, which involves the study of soil and rock mechanics, explosives and rock breakage, materials transport, mining methods, mine planning, project evaluation and the environment. In your final year, you’ll undertake a major research project and a team design project.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
Double degree options
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- Excellent opportunities exist for vacation work and graduate employment programs.
- Curtin is one of three national Mining Education Australia universities, and our Kalgoorlie Campus is in the heart of the Goldfields' mining industry.
- Mining engineers are employed at all levels throughout the industry, from recently qualified graduate mining engineers, through junior and senior management positions, to senior divisional consulting engineers and company directors.
- Mining engineers enjoy opportunities for international careers.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
After a set period of practical experience in the industry, graduates can apply to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to sit for examinations that can qualify them for various statutory Certificates of Competency (First Class Mine Manager, Underground Supervisor, and Quarry Manager).
- Mining engineer
- Management consultant
- Mine manager
- Mine planner and designer
- Mining company director
- Operations manager
- Mining and resources
- Research and development
- Risk analysis and investment
- Graduate Diploma in Mining
- Master of Engineering Management
- Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering)
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
What you'll learn
- apply scientific, engineering and technological principle to mine development projects
- think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse mine feasibility studies
- access, evaluate and synthesise mine planning and design 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 conduct mine feasibility studies
- demonstrate responsibility and self learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
- describe mining in the global environment and apply best practice standards in mining methods and technologies
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
- work in accordance with professional standards and demonstrate responsibility towards the broader community; work in teams
Well qualified applicants lacking prerequisites may still be considered. The Enabling Course in Science and Engineering may be used as a pathway into the science course in mining and science students may transfer to engineering after satisfactory performance during their first year at university.
Two intakes are offered each year for domestic students, in February and July, but because availability of some units is limited to specific semesters those students commencing mid-year might need to study part-time for one or more semesters and usually will not be able to complete the major within the expected time to complete.
There is February intake only for International students. For more information, please contact the WA School of Mines for enrolment assistance. A certificate of successful completion of an approved course in first aid is required before the degree will be awarded.
During the course students are required to obtain a minimum of 12 weeks of approved industrial experience. A written report and a seminar must be presented based on this experience.
To apply for this major directly through Curtin, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
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
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- Curtin course code: MJRH-MINEN
- Last updated on: March 11, 2021