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What will I learn?

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.

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering



Study options

Full Time (1.7 years)

Tuition fees
A$47,280.00 (25,72,361) per year
AUD $72,660 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

12 September 2022


UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to this program requires one of the following: 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degree with a minimum 65% average; or 4-year Bachelor degree in a biomedical health-related discipline with honours (either embedded or as a single honours year) with a minimum 65% average and 2 courses of first-year university level mathematics or equivalent; or Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (such as 5449 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering) with a minimum 65% average; or Completion of 36 UOC of the 5449 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering with a minimum 65% average with no fails.

For international students

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 (program 5335) with a minimum 65% average and no course fails.

The UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering defines a cognate discipline as Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering. Professional experience in the mining industry will be highly regarded.

International students will be required to submit to the Program Authority, a proposed plan listing courses for each term of their program. Signed approval by the Program Authority is required prior to commencement of the program. The approved plan is to list courses completed as block intensive mode or distance mode, and to ensure that the total number of distance mode courses is no more than 1 course per term.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

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