Bachelor degree in Mining Engineering
Students who choose to study a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering (3140) will experience well-balanced formal lectures, group projects, tutorials and lab sessions using innovative learning technology.
Our Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering involves four years of full-time study, made up of two semesters in each academic year (semester 1 and semester 2). Students must enrol in four courses each semester which will give them 24 Units of Credit (UOC). Once you have successfully completed a minimum of 192 UOC in the mining program (and satisfy the industrial training requirement), you’ll be able to graduate and kick off your exciting career.
We make sure our students are fully prepared to be contributing members to industry after they graduate. Industrial training is a compulsory part of the curriculum and field trip opportunities are also integrated throughout the degree. We make a point of encouraging students to develop interpersonal skills through group work projects – that way they get used to the idea of working in ‘engineering teams’ out in the field.
There are many other opportunities to enhance your professional development. You can take advantage of the many network events run by the School of Mining Engineering. We also encourage you to join AusIMM and MINESOC , the UNSW Mining Society.
The School of Mining Engineering at UNSW is a member of Mining Education Australia (MEA), a national education joint venture between UNSW, Curtin University of Technology, the University of Queensland and the University of Adelaide. These four universities have collaborated to develop a common curriculum for 3rd and 4th year students, which means two things: you will graduate with a world-class degree from an industry-supported national program, and you have the opportunity to study at one of the other MEA partner universities if you wish.
Undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering
The Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering is comprehensive and covers all aspects of mining engineering (both surface and underground) across a range of commodities.
Year 1 of the Bachelor covers scientific principles to equip you with solid foundations for many of the engineering courses offered in Year 2. Year 3 is largely devoted to fundamental courses in mining engineering whilst Year 4 provides more advanced courses in all aspects essential to mining engineering.
Elective Mining courses
Elective courses allow you opt for advanced studies of core technical fields such as:
- Surface Mining Systems
- Underground Mining Systems
- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
- Advanced Mine Ventilation
- Mining Asset Management and Services
- Mining in a Global Environment
As with all engineering programs, a number of general education electives must also be completed to contribute to the flexibility you are required to have in today’s job market.
Mining engineering offers many opportunities overseas, from South-East Asia to South America and many places in between. Some students consider taking courses in foreign language and culture as one of their general education electives.
Research Thesis Projects (Year 4)
In your fourth year, you must conduct a research thesis to apply research solutions of relevance to the mining industry. You will be asked to submit a thesis with a presentation.
You are also encouraged to participate at the annual MEA conference to showcase your research results.
Our current students very much enjoy the research project as it’s an excellent way to apply mining concepts to real-life problems and to investigating real-life solutions.
Dual Degree Programs
A dual degree program is a combination of two UNSW degree programs undertaken at the same time. Many engineering students choose to study a dual program to broaden the scope of their careers and complete two degrees in a much shorter time than if you had completed one degree and then studied for the second degree. The dual degrees offered in the School of Mining Engineering include:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) / Bachelor of Science (3142)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) / Bachelor of Arts (3704)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) / Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (3146)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) / Bachelor of Commerce (3715)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) / Bachelor of Laws (4778)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) / Bachelor of Music (3459)
You should make sure you check the entry requirements for any dual degree you are interested in because the entry requirements for some programs may be higher than for the single degree programs.