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MSc Mining Geology

Course Description

This full time 12 month intensive programme is designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry. It is suitable for those who already have an honours degree in geology, mining/minerals engineering or a related subject.

You will attain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a geoscientist working in the mining industry. New skills include underground geological and geotechnical mapping, surveying, mineral exploration, ore microscopy, ore deposit modelling and mine planning. In-depth coverage of mineral resource estimation and grade control, mineral extraction and management, mining law and the environmental impact of mining, enable skills in quantifying the economic value of an ore body and assessing its potential for exploitation to be attained. There is emphasis on acquiring knowledge of the geological characteristics and genesis, methods of exploration, extraction and processing techniques of the major types of metalliferous ore deposit, bulk commodities and industrial minerals.

Taught modules are presented over two semesters and individual projects are undertaken throughout the summer vacation, often as industrial placements with a mining/exploration company. Recent projects have been carried out in all major mining countries on six continents, including Australia, Tanzania, Mongolia, Chile as well as in the UK.

For funding opportunities, please visit the University of Exeter Funding Database: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search.

Visit the MSc Mining Geology page on the University of Exeter web site for more details!

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University of Exeter scholarship information - 20+ Awards

The University of Exeter invest millions annually in financial support for postgraduates. We have a successful track record of securing funding for PhD study from the Research Councils and offer funding for some Masters programmes on a merit basis. PhD studentships are normally made available for the following academic year during the Winter and Spring. For the latest information on our scholarships and studentships, please visit our funding database search at www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search.

Value of Scholarship(s)

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Application Procedure

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Masters Distinction Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and College of Life and Environmental Sciences are delighted to offer a number of Masters Distinction Scholarships to top performing students who accept a place to study on any eligible taught Masters programme, enrolling in 2014.

The Colleges are offering scholarships of £5,000 for applicants to full-time programmes and £2,500 for applicants to part-time programmes. Awards are payable as a reduction on tuition fees for the first year only.

Eligible programmes include Master of Science (MSc) and Masters of Research (MRes) degrees offered by either College. Applicants to Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) and Masters by Research (MSc by Research) programmes are not eligible.

Please note that these awards may not be held in conjunction with any others.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 full-time; £2,500 part-time


To be eligible for a Masters Distinction Scholarship you must hold an offer of a place to study on one of the eligible taught Masters programmes, commencing in 2014.

Application Procedure

Once you have received the offer of a place to study, please visit the University of Exeter scholarship application system to apply for the award.

All completed scholarship applications received from eligible students by 30 April 2014 will be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Geology, but other equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Course Fees

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