Supercharge your career with this postgraduate degree that allows you to specialise in either Mine Geomechanics or Mine Management.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Mining Engineering
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.7 Year(s)

Mining engineering develops and executes the processes used to extract minerals from below and above ground. As a mining engineer you’ll work in the planning and management of engineering the extraction of mineral, petroleum and gas resources from the earth.  Mining Engineers evaluate, plan and oversee the construction of a mine. They’re involved in a project through all phases of mining operations. 

This degree is designed for mining engineering graduates and minerals industry professionals who want to continue their professional development. In this degree you’ll learn the fundamentals of mining engineering, mining processes, systems and analysis, and risk and safety management, as well as undertaking a research project in the mining industry. Building on your four-year undergraduate degree in mining engineering or a related discipline you’ll develop the advanced knowledge for a successful career in mining engineering.

Whether you’re interested in civil engineering, underground mining or geomechanics, you’ll advance your career in the mining industry with a Master of Mining Engineering. This course will arm you with the latest skills, trends and knowledge to get ahead.

You’ll develop your research skills by planning and executing an enquiry-based or mining industry research project or capstone project. Through this degree you’ll be able to investigate, generate and synthesise complex ideas and concepts in mining engineering. Develop a detailed understanding of the many facets of the mining industry, preparing you for your future career through practical assignments and field trips.

Key features

This 1.7-year full time (or flexible part time) degree is taught by Australia’s leading Engineering faculty.  Many of the courses in this degree are offered as modules over a short block period so you can continue to work if you choose to study part time. 

You'll be studying in the renowned UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, providing you with industry-led professional development and world-class equipment.

You can choose one of two specialisations, Mine Geomechanics or Mine Management, as you complete this advanced study in mining engineering.

Why study at UNSW?

UNSW is renowned for its’ Mineral and Mining Engineering education, ranking fifth in the world as a subject*. It has been UNSW’s top performing subject for five years. Australia’s top employers prefer our graduates over any other university, ranking 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

We’ve offered the largest range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Australia for over 70 years. We’re home to the best facilities in resources engineering in Australia. Learn with state-of-the-art facilities including a VR simulator, computer laboratory and a rock mechanics laboratory for applied research into mining issues and water research.

We place significant focus on undertaking research and educating graduates who address climate change. Our areas of focus include CO₂ sequestration; improving efficiencies through digital rock analysis; generating clean energy through geothermal engineering; and research into space mining.

Our academics are experts in their fields and internationally respected and recognised. They work alongside our industry partners and government organisations to help solve the most complex problems facing the sector. With the industry evolving at a rapid pace, we have a leadership role in teaching and research excellence.

When you study at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering you can benefit from our student societies. MERESoc is well connected with industry, offering numerous networking opportunities throughout the year. Take advantage of professional development opportunities through social events and build your professional networks while you study.

AusIMM Sydney Student Chapter is a community belonging to the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Based in UNSW, we provide professional development opportunities for students to interact with peers and connect with mentors through technical and social activities. 

*2021 QS Subject Rankings.

 

Program Code
8335
CRICOS Code
084284K
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
20

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Entry requirements

Entry requires a four-year (Honours) degree in Mining Engineering or a cognate discipline from a recognised institution, or satisfying the requirements of the UNSW Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering (MINE5040FS and from 2015: MINE5335) with a minimum 70% average and no course fails.

The UNSW School of Mining Engineering defines a cognate discipline as Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering. Performance that is equivalent to Honours (I or II Division 1) is required over the final two years of the degree. Professional experience in the mining industry will be highly regarded.

 

Alternative entry pathways

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Entry requires a 4 year (Honours) degree in Mining Engineering or a cognate discipline from a recognised institution, or satisfying the requirements of the UNSW Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering (MINE5040FS and from 2015: MINE5335) with a minimum 70% average and no course fails. The UNSW School of Mining Engineering defines a cognate discipline as Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering. Performance that is equivalent to Honours (I or II Division 1) is required over the final two (2) years of the degree. Professional experience in the mining industry will be highly regarded.

Pathway Programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

 

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

This degree is designed to build on your foundational knowledge in mining engineering and provide you with advanced knowledge in one of two specialisations.

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

In your first year you’ll study the Fundamentals of Mining Engineering and other core subjects including: 

  • Mine Processes, Systems and Analysis

  • Hazard Identification, Risk and Safety Management in Mining 

  • A Mining Industry Research Project

In this full or part time degree you’ll choose one of two specialisations:

  • Mine Geomechanics

  • Mine Management

Electives in these specialisations include:

  • Mining and Resource Law

  • Environmental Management for the Mining Industry

  • Technology Management in Mining

  • Mine Ventilation

  • Mine Design and Feasibility

  • Drilling, Blasting and Machine Excavation

  • Geotechnical Data Collection and Analysis

Refer to the handbook for the full list of electives on offer, some electives may only be offered every two years.

You can choose to develop your Postgraduate Research skills to assist with the research project component of the degree or as your first step towards a Higher Degree Research (Phd) program. Or you can complete a “Launching a Startup” course where you will be equipped with the skills necessary to successfully commercialise ideas.

Courses in this program may be delivered in either block mode (face-to-face or online) or offered fully online which means you can balance work and study.

Future careers

Our graduates work with advanced technologies that support clean energy and the efficient supply of mineral resources. They’re innovators, taking these new ideas and technologies into their industries and driving change.

As a graduate of mining engineering, you’ll be evaluating, planning and overseeing the construction of mines and assessing processes. This includes labour usage and equipment that’ll be required to extract minerals and ores from the earth.

Your future career awaits, with potential roles including:

  • Mining Engineer

  • Engineering Geologist

  • Petroleum Engineer

  • Geotechnical Engineer

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$35,760*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$53,760*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$72,660*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.


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