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Mining Engineering

Mining Engineering

Undergraduate Major


Mining Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 80


Develop the skills you need to extract minerals from underground or open-pit mines.

Top 1%

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)

Qualify sooner

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 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

You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • 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.

Student profile

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.

Professional recognition

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.

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.

Career information


  • Mining engineer
  • Management consultant
  • Mine manager
  • Mine planner and designer
  • Mining company director
  • Operations manager


  • Government
  • Mining and resources
  • Research and development
  • Risk analysis and investment

Further study

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

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

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 8
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
India (CBSE) 70%
India (HSC) 71%
Sri Lanka 8

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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.

Application information

To apply for this major directly through Curtin, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

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:

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Fees & charges

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-MINEN
  • Last updated on: August 7, 2020