Master of Engineering (Mining)

About Master of Engineering (Mining) at UNSW 

UNSW Master of Engineering (Mining) is a two-year full-time postgraduate degree taught at Australia’s top engineering faculty. Upon graduation you’ll have the engineering accreditation to help you get ahead in your career. The flexible degree offers in-depth knowledge and technical ability in your specialisation of mining while contributing to your ongoing professional development. You’ll develop your skills in engineering management, analysis and design that you’ll apply through practical experience in industrial training.  

This degree is designed for students with an undergraduate degree wanting to pursue a career in the Engineering profession with an accreditation by Engineers Australia. You’ll graduate with a qualification that is internationally recognised by the Washington Accord and is globally recognised to facilitate the mobility of engineers. 

Through this degree, you’ll gain the theory, tools and strategies required of today’s Mining Engineers and gain advanced knowledge in:  

  • Project management 
  • Mining engineering and mine design 
  • Geotechnical engineering 
  • Mine geomechanics 
  • Environmental management 
  • Mineral processing 
  • Mine ventilation and water 
  • Hazard identification, risk and safety management
  • Waste management 

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an extensive research project to extend your knowledge in a specific area of interest. The project enables students to gain valuable skills in project planning and management and learn methods to undertake the critical analysis, interpretation and communication of results.   

Why Study Master of Engineering (Mining) at UNSW 

Studying Mining at UNSW means you’ll graduate with a degree from one of the most well regarded institutions in the world. UNSW’s School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering is ranked 4th in the world by the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject. The school has been leading the innovation of world-class education and research of petroleum and mining for more than 70 years.   

We produce internationally acclaimed research, working closely with industry to provide innovative solutions. At UNSW, we focus on the long-term health of the sector through research in Sustainable Mining Practices. This research feeds directly into our degrees to maintain the Australian mining industry’s comparative advantage of cost-competitive, safe and environmentally responsible operations.  

Studying with us you'll have access to world-class facilities and opportunities in mining, including:     

  • UNSW's floor-to-ceiling 360-degree virtual reality simulator, offering realistic underground mine scenarios for training in potential hazards, evacuation procedures and feasibility studies  
  • UNSW technological innovations such as the Tyree X-Ray  CT imaging facility and ViMINE mine planning tool  
  • More postgraduate specialisations and engineering opportunities than any other Australian university. Allowing you to develop career paths in multiple industries  
  • Close links and networking opportunities with key industrial, commercial and professional organisations  

Gain Practical Training & Professional Recognition     

Accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord, UNSW Master of Engineering degree is globally recognised. This degree includes a practical work experience component where you’ll apply your knowledge in practical settings through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas.   

Your Career Opportunities     

The mining industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars globally. Mining Engineers enjoy successful careers in Australia and overseas. Upon graduation, you can work in technical roles such as Drilling or Mine Planning Engineer, consulting, project management, research and development or with regulatory agencies.   

As new forms of energy are being discovered and more widely used, many other resource sectors require Mining Engineers. Mineral resources are crucial in powering key elements of the renewable and sustainable energy industry, including lithium batteries, solar panels and wind turbines.   

While the mining industry is mature, new technologies are breathing in new life. Technologies that revolutionise mining operations such as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence are becoming more commonplace and are creating exciting career opportunities for Mining Engineers.  

Our graduates have gained employment with some of the world’s and Australia’s largest companies in the industry, including:  

  • AECOM  
  • Arcadis  
  • BHP  
  • Glencore  
  • Newcrest Mining  
  • Rio Tinto