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Careers and further study
This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.
Mining engineer, technical specialist, consultant, finance, research or government.
As a mining engineer you may work as a technical specialist with a service company, as a consultant (e.g. blasting, software), in mine management and production, in banking or finance, in research, or in the government sector.
Your career can take you anywhere in the world
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Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.
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The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.
Minimum entry requirements
- Mathematics Methods ATAR
- At least one of the following three subjects: Mathematics Specialist ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Physics ATAR
All four subjects are recommended. If you do not have all four subjects you will need to complete extra units in first year, which may mean taking additional units to meet the course requirements.
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UWA’s course in mining engineering involves you being taught by internationally recognised experts who are across the very latest ideas and new technologies. Through class activities and mine site visits, you’ll get exposure to industry practises and form networks for your future career.
You’ll get the opportunity to work on practical projects, either individually or in a team. You’ll build the technical skills, mining science knowledge, industry connections and hands-on experience to excel in the global resources sector, and to lead the technological transformation and development of the industry.
Mining is at the heart of our modern society extracting essential commodities from the earth, to process into materials that can provide the world with a better standard of living. This must be done in a safe, and environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
As a mining engineer you will be responsible for deposit evaluation, mine design, mine production, and environmental management, all underpinned by rapid technological advancement.
You’ll gain detailed knowledge of surface mining, underground mining, rock mechanics and mine design with exposure to geology, data science, Python coding, finance, and management.
You’ll get the opportunity to take on a final year research project giving you extensive hands-on experience and the chance to develop and test new ideas. You’ll get practical experience in project report writing and presentation. You will acquire the skills needed to analyse and design the most suitable mining method for a project, the best people and equipment to use, and the most appropriate applications of the latest technologies.
You will graduate as a skilled engineer with a breadth of experience in the analysis, design and optimisation of complete mining operations (systems), from extraction of the ore to delivery of the final product. You’ll build the technical skills, mining science knowledge, industry connections and hands-on experience to excel in the global resources sector, and to lead the technological transformation and development of the industry.
- Full-time, Part-time
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 4-years full time
Why study Mining Engineering?
- You’ll be studying in Perth WA, probably the world’s leading centre for mining engineering. This allows you to make valuable connections with UWA’s industry partners including BHP, Rio Tinto, FMG and many other members of the mining industry – giving your career a head start.
- You will be taught, not just by academics, but also by industry lecturers who are world leading experts in their field, giving you an all-round knowledge base and placing you in high regard anywhere in the world.
- You’ll be studying alongside students from a range of different backgrounds and engineering specialisations, sharing ideas and gaining an understanding of how to work in successful cross-functional teams.
- UWA is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in Australia for Mining and Mineral Engineering (ARWU 2021), so you’ll be learning and working alongside leaders making a real impact.
Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find people here to share your journey.
Enhance your employability while making lifelong friends and connections by joining one of our many student clubs, such as:
- The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
- The University Engineers' Club (UEC)
- The UWA Young Engineers' Club (UWAYE)
- Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Find out more about all our student clubs from the UWA Student Guild.
You'll learn to
- Select the most appropriate mining techniques for any operation, considering technical applicability, costs and safety
- Identify which mining equipment is appropriate for a specific location, and accurately design its operation, productivity, and operating costs
- Assess internal and external risks and constraints in mine site operation
- Utilise advanced technical mining engineering skills in problem identification, simplification, analysis, planning, design, implementation and operation for an exciting career in engineering
- Create innovative engineering solutions to solve complex issues by applying critical thinking skills and your knowledge of established engineering methods
- Understand and implement the mathematical foundations underlying mining engineering concepts
- Develop a deep practical understanding of the core concepts of mining engineering and extend this knowledge to more specialised areas such as deposit evaluation, mine design, mine production, and environmental management
- Work effectively in a team, bringing leadership and accountability to successfully solve real-world problems
Your degree options
Graduate with two degrees
The combined degree option allows you to pair your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree with another passion, broadening your career options and giving you an edge in a rapidly changing workforce.
You can combine the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with:
You’ll graduate with two Bachelor degrees in just five years, opening up a world of possible career paths while broadening your knowledge, networks and horizons.
Duration: 5 years*
> Commerce: UB004
> Science: UB006
Ideal for high-achievers with a passion for engineering, this combined degree gives you the opportunity to get hands-on undergraduate research experience, one-on-one mentoring from leading academics and overseas exchange and education opportunities.
Duration: 5.5 - 6.5 years
TISC Code: TBA
*Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce with Chemical Engineering major will take 5.5 years to complete
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) offers work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities where you can:
- Gain practical hands-on industry relevant experience and skills
- Bridge the gap between theory and practice
- Develop employability skills through a science work placement
As part of your studies, you will complete a 12-week practicum and professional-development experience. This can be achieved by spending at least eight weeks in an engineering environment of your choice.