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Mining is an fascinating, global industry that is essential to societal progression. It provides the materials for production and is a leading industry in terms of technological innovation. This MSc is ideal for engineering and geologists already in employment that are looking for skills and knowledge enhancement. In addition, it is also suitable for geology and engineering graduates that wish to specialise in the following areas: mine, general management and excavation (geotechnics and tunnelling).

Students will learn specialist analytical, design and management skills that are relevant to industry. In addition, this programme also has excellent links with both the local and international minerals industry, which is reflected in its mix of UK and international students, and project-work is often centered around a company or business.

This programme is taught by the internationally established and world-class Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department. This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Visit the Accreditation page for further information.

Programme Structure

You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip. You can either study the course full time over a year or part-time over 3 years.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include:

  • Project and Dissertation
  • Excavation and Geomechanics
  • Economics, Processing & Environment

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are:

  • Health and Safety in the Extractive Industry
  • Project Management
  • Underground Construction
  • Surface Excavation Design
  • Resource Estimation
  • Tunnelling and Underground Excavation
  • Production and Cost Estimation
  • Mine Planning and Design
  • Geomechanics Computer Modelling for Excavation Design
  • Soil and Water Contamination
  • Mine Automation
  • Underground Excavation Design

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. For up to date information please see the website.

Learning and teaching

The taught part of the programme is structured into two semesters. Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.

For the award of the MSc, students must pass four modules and complete an individual project or dissertation. To obtain a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD), students must pass two modules and a dissertation. The project is undertaken during June to September, after the second semester examinations. Completed dissertations must be submitted by mid-September.

Students are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for their project period. 

Timetabling is designed to allow the completion of most suitable module combinations and the project within one calendar year.


Visit the MSc/PgDip Mining Engineering page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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