Mining Engineering

Become an industry-ready mining engineer with real-world experience in just four years. Graduate with the key skills and qualities employers need in new engineers to succeed in their rapidly evolving sectors
80
ATAR
4
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

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

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

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course

Scholarships

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.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

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.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

Admission 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. 
 

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

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.

Mining Engineering

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • MJD-EMINI
CRICOS code
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 4-years full time
Mining Engineering
Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • MJD-EMINI
CRICOS code
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 4-years full time
TISC Codes
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Why study Mining Engineering?

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. UWA is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for Mining and Mineral Engineering (ARWU 2020), so you’ll be learning and working alongside leaders making a real impact.
 

Student clubs

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:

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
 

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific major for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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:

Duration: 5 years*
ATAR: 88
TISC Code: TBA

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.

*Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce with Chemical Engineering major will take 5.5 years to complete 

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Work Experience

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.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
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