|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|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Mining continues to enrich many communities in Australia and around the world.
In this major, you will study mining methods, rock mechanics, geology and mine planning. You will develop the skills necessary to work with mining engineers in the exploitation of minerals from underground or open-pit mines, safely and economically.
Your first year will be taught at the Bentley Campus, the second year at either Bentley or Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie, and your final year at WASM, which can help you maximise your exposure to industry and potential future employers. You will go on field trips and participate in at least 12 weeks of industry work experience to ensure you are career-ready on graduation.
In your first year you will complete a mining sciences foundation year that covers all aspects related to planning and supervising the extraction of valuable minerals from the Earth. The foundation year provides a pathway to second year studies in extractive metallurgy, mine and engineering surveying, or mining.
You will go on field trips and have at least 12 weeks of industry experience to ensure you are job-ready on graduation.
To enrol in any of the mining science majors, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary prerequisites for your chosen major.
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.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics 3A/3B
- Chemistry 3A/3B or Physics 3A/3B
Well-qualified applicants lacking prerequisites may be considered.
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
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.
This course meets the education requirements of the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum for certification as an underground or open-pit mine supervisor and you will also meet the educational requirements for the quarry manager’s certificate of competency. It is also recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
This course can help you become a:
- Environmental Scientist
- Excellent opportunities for vacation work and graduate employment programs.
- Lecturers have real industry experience.
- 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.
- This course will prepare you for employment with Australian or international mining companies.