Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining)

About the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) at UNSW 

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) at UNSW is a four-year, full-time degree that welcomes domestic and international students. Mining engineering is about extracting minerals from the earth in a safe, efficient and responsible way. Globally, many industries rely on the supply of commodities produced by mining such as minerals and metals.  

A mining engineer evaluates, plans and oversees the construction of a mine. They’re involved in projects through all phases – from exploration and discovery of the mineral resource through to feasibility studies, mine design and development of plans. Mining Engineers also work through the mine closure stages, including final land restoration and rehabilitation.

The study of mining engineering is not limited to the highly profitable aspect of the industry. Your study will examine the ethical, ecological and economic impacts of mining activity. You’ll also learn about the safe, economical and environmentally responsible recovery of mineral resources. In this bachelor’s degree, you’ll discover how these resources are extracted from the earth and processed into more user-friendly forms while minimising environmental impact.

This degree will help you understand how complex mining systems work, the role of mining companies and the socio-environmental aspects of mining operations. You’ll build a solid foundation in fundamental engineering principles, such as Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Computer Science.

Why Study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) at UNSW

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) is taught by the UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, a leading provider of world-class education and research in mining engineering. We’re ranked 7th in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018) and 4th in Australia (QS World University Rankings, 2018) affording us international recognition.

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.

With state-of-the-art facilities, world-class researchers and some of the brightest engineering students from across the world, we’re a great place to start your mining engineering career journey.


  • We have strong partnerships with industry in education, research, training and employment 
  • For the past four years, we’ve had a five-star rating in employability, teaching and research 
  • We place strong importance on the translation of research into practice 
  • Due to recent investment, we’re now home to many cutting-edge laboratory facilities, which are unique nationally 
  • Students receive first-hand practical experience by participating in exciting and innovative student-led projects and industry-based training 
  • A flexible first-year program consisting of a wide choice of electives and five core courses in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Design and Computing 
  • $3 million in scholarships provided each year

Learn in State-of-the-Art Facilities

When you study mining engineering at UNSW, you’ll have access to leading technology such as our Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator. Developed for student use and industry training, our simulator has floor-to-ceiling screens and casts 360-degree, 3D images with cinematic clarity. 

You’ll experience realistic underground mines and scenarios that go beyond traditional education into experiential learning. The VR Simulator offers a range of modules from open cut to underground, which is used across all mining sectors. By using this simulator, potential hazards can be safely experienced, evacuation procedures can be tested, and feasibility studies undertaken. The simulator offers a low-risk, high-impact learning experience. 

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Gain Professional Accreditation 

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) degree is globally recognised and is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. This undergraduate degree is also recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).   

Part of the degree involves applying your skills through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. Your industrial training will give you a taste of a real-world professional engineering setting and the hands-on experience to become career-ready. 

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Your Career Opportunities 

The mining industry globally is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Mining engineers enjoy successful careers in Australia and overseas. Upon graduation, you can work in technical roles such as Drilling or Mine Planning Engineer, or in 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. Minerals 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 practice such as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence are becoming more commonplace and are creating exciting career opportunities for mining engineers. 

UNSW Mining Engineering graduates work for large companies, which are at the forefront of the industry, including big names such as Shell, Origin and BHP.