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Full time September MSc 1 year full-time

About the course


  • Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
  • Designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry
  • Attain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a geoscientist working in the mining industry, and learn new skills including underground geological and geotechnical mapping, surveying, mineral exploration, ore microscopy, ore deposit modelling and mine planning
  • Gain knowledge in mineral resource estimation and grade control, mineral extraction and management, mining law and the environmental impact of mining
  • Study taught modules over two semesters and undertake individual projects throughout the summer vacation, often as industrial placements with a mining/exploration company.


Our programmes are accredited by The Geological Society which is the first step on the ladder to Chartered Geologist status after graduation.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will be selected on the basis of being predicted or achieved a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Geology. Consideration will also be given to appropriate equivalent professional qualifications and training on a case-by-case basis.

Students applying with Turkish Government sponsorship/funding need to include their project topic as part of the application.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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Studying here has been really good. The environment is nice and I like the mixture of different types of students. My course covers all the aspects of all the different types of Geology. I’ve been able to learn a broad range of skills and the field trips have been really good.

The facilities are great, there are several different types of labs, a lot of space for learning and loads of learning resources. The lecturers are always really helpful as they have an open door policy which allows you to ask them questions whenever you have any problems of concerns. They are very supportive and always there when you need them. They always reply to their emails very quickly which is really helpful.

Studying in Cornwall is very different to living in London. However it’s really nice as it’s quiet, friendly and everyone is really lovely. I also like the fact that we share the campus with Falmouth students as it means you get to mix with a lot of different people.

If I had one piece of advice for students, it would be to make the most of being at university, try new things and test out the societies.


After studying my undergraduate Geoscience degree, I decided that I wanted to study an MSc in Mining Geology and knew that the Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter was the best place to do it. I knew that the Camborne School of Mines was one of the best places in the world to study mining and had a high level of prestige.

I really loved how broad the course was; we got to learn both the theory and the practical application of side mining geology and mineral exploration but also had the opportunity to dig into the financial, environmental and social aspects of the field too. The teaching was great, and I always felt very supported by my lecturers – lecturers that are well respected and knowledgeable in their respective fields. In many areas, particularly mineral exploration, it felt like you were being taught cutting edge techniques and technology which is important in an dynamic industry like mining.

Camborne School of Mines also facilitate a lot of networking opportunities through various means. From those I graduated with, students in years below, students in the years above and beyond, have all become a great network that is very valuable now that I’m in the working world.

The facilities on campus were great, we got to use lots of great labs which were up-to-date and at forefront of technology for mining geology. Fieldwork opportunities ranged from local Cornish destinations to as far afield as Namibia and northern Sweden for me. There were also opportunities to go to Canada and Australia as well as any number of countries for your MSc dissertation.

I loved living in Cornwall; despite being from a busy city, I quite like the greenery and the real sense of community you get in Cornwall. It’s very picturesque with lots of sights and things to do and the people are lovely.


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