- Mining Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 80
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.
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)
Highly ranked course
Curtin is ranked first in Australia and second in the world for mineral and mining engineering education. (QSWUR by Subject 2019)
Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.
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 our mining engineering honours degree, you'll 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 enrich your learning and broaden your thinking through taking elective units to enhance your employability.
The degree is tailored to guide your transition from the classroom to a job in the resources sector, fully equipped to handle the technological developments that are transforming the industry, and prepared for an adventurous career working in metropolitan or regional locations around the world.
In your first year, you'll study the Engineering Foundation Year, during which you'll learn 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 degree meets the stage one requirements for the pathway to professional engineer status (CPEng) from Engineers Australia, and is also recognised by Mining Education Australia and Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
It is designed to lead to an occupation such as mine manager, mine planner and designer, mining engineer or operations manager, working in government, the mining and resources sector, research and development, risk analysis or investment.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce.
See our handbook for more course information.
- 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 Engineering Science (Metallurgy)
- Master of Engineering Science (Mining)
- 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
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||6.0|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||8|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||70|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||80|
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Other requirements and notes for this course
Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
You will need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks, in order to graduate from mining engineering.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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 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:
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- Curtin course code: MJRH-MINEN
- Last updated on: February 3, 2020