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Metallurgical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) - BEng(Curtin) - MJRU-MTENG Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 80 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley or Kalgoorlie This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

Metallurgical engineers are key professionals in the mining industry. They use mathematics, science and engineering principles to extract and purify metals and other marketable products from ores.

What the course involves
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. After completing this common year you can select to major in metallurgical engineering.

In this major, you will learn to design, develop, optimise and manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants that transform low-value raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products in an economical and environmentally responsible way.

You will receive a strong grounding in chemical and physical engineering; economic, environmental and sustainable principles; and the extraction of metals from ores. The course also includes a strong management component.

After your Engineering Foundation Year at Bentley, you can go directly to Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie, or study for a second year in Perth with WASM before completing your third and final years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.

As part of a double degree program, you can study Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) with Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting, Economics, Finance or Management)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted but may be used to demonstrate English competency.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and Engineering Studies ATAR.

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Specialist ATAR


The first year of this course is only offered at the Bentley campus. The final two years are available only at the Kalgoorlie campus.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage 1 competencies required by Engineers Australia as the pathway to chartered engineer status (CPEng). The course is also recognised by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Minerals Process Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Minerals Engineer
  • Process Engineer

Why Metallurgical Engineering?

  • Well-equipped laboratories for hands-on training
  • Excellent links to industry.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.
  • As a metallurgical engineer, you may find employment in metallurgical processing plants, engineering companies, consultancies, research and development companies, and academic, finance and banking institutions within Australia or internationally.