Master of Mine Geotechnical Engineering

About Master of Mine Geotechnical Engineering at UNSW

The Master of Mine Geotechnical Engineering at UNSW Engineering is a full-time 1.7 year postgraduate degree. Through this degree at a top-ranking engineering faculty you’ll gain the practical knowledge to specialise as a Mine Strata Control Engineer and other roles within the mining industry. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering and how to implement and manage the latest technologies in practical strata control applications.

This degree is designed for those already working or intending to work in the underground hard rock or coal mining industry in the field of strata control. You’ll study the following topics required to pursue or advance your career in the industry:

  • Hazard and risk management
  • Mining methods, mine planning and mining geomechanics
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Geotechnical data collection and analysis
  • Mining operations
  • Ground control principles and practice
  • Underground mining assessments and management

This degree is delivered in a flexible format so students can complete the degree while working at remote mine sites and is offered as full-time or part-time. Many courses are available in distance mode using a limited number of face-to-face workshops and sessions. Assessments will involve practical site-based assignments, including group and interactive work and presentations.

Students have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the mining field through a research project in a geotechnical topic of interest. Through significant research and analysis, students will contribute to industry research in two or more areas of:

  • Site or laboratory testing
  • Related numerical modelling
  • Comprehensive cost-benefit or geostatistical analysis
  • Extension of constitutive theory

Why Study Master of Mine Geotechnical Engineering at UNSW

This degree is delivered at UNSW’s School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering. We’re 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 mining for more than 70 years.

Studying with us you'll have access to world-class facilities and opportunities in resource engineering, 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

Your Career Opportunities

The Australian resources mining sector continues to see growth, contributing significantly to the economy and providing increasing employment opportunities. Using the latest technologies, you’ll gain practical skills and knowledge ready to pursue or advance your career as a Mine Strata Control Engineer or in other underground hard rock mining professional roles.

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