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Mine and Engineering Surveying

Bachelor of Science (Mine and Engineering Surveying) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-MESUR Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 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
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Mine and engineering surveying are specialist areas of modern day surveying.

Mine surveyors are responsible for the measurement, representation and management of data associated with a mining operation. The core responsibilities of the mine surveyor include the marking out, measurement and maintenance of direction for all surface and underground workings on a mine site. The mine surveyor is also legally responsible for the preparation and updating of all mine surveying plans for open-pit and underground workings.

Engineering surveyors play a key role in the construction industry. They ensure that all civil engineering works are placed in their correct positions and orientations, with respect to all three dimensions. Engineering surveying generally precedes all types of constructions associated with roads and bridges, tunnels, buildings, industrial plants and hydraulic engineering.
In your first year you will be introduced to all aspects related to planning and supervising the extraction of valuable minerals from the Earth. The basics of surveying and geographic information systems (GIS) needed for the second year studies in mine and engineering surveying will also be covered.

The first two years of the course are taught at the Bentley Campus, while the third year is taught at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie, with exposure to real-world environments and practices. The year at Kalgoorlie prepares you with the appropriate practical experience for operational management at the quarry manager level.

This is the only comprehensive degree program in mine and engineering surveying in Western Australia. An additional year for honours program is available, which can lead directly into the Master of Philosophy and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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.

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Methods ATAR

Those without a mathematics subject may still be considered but will be required to complete additional bridging units.
Those applying on the basis of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) will be required to meet prerequisites by completing enabling units. This may extend the course duration.


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

This course meets the education requirements of the Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources for certification as an underground or open-pit mine supervisor or as an open-cut mine manager. The course is also recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. You may also meet the educational requirements for the quarry manager’s certificate of competency.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Surveyor
  • Surveying Technician
  • Survey Assistant
  • Photogrammetry professional
  • Geographic information systems professional
  • Remote sensing professional
  • Project manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Surveyor
  • Surveying Technician
  • Survey Assistant


Why Mine and Engineering Surveying?

  • Hands-on, interactive approach.
  • Wide range of double degrees offered.
  • Modern equipment and labs.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.