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Mining Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) - BEng(Curtin) - MJRU-MINEN 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

Mining engineers plan and manage operations to exploit minerals from underground or open-pit mines, safely and efficiently. They design and direct mining operations and infrastructure, including drilling, blasting, loading and hauling, tunnel creation and maintenance, access road planning and maintenance, and water and power supplies.

Mine engineers may supervise other engineers, surveyors, geologists, scientists and technicians working on a mine site. Working in metropolitan or regional locations around the world, mining engineers can have adventurous careers.

What the course involves 

In this major, you will study engineering as well as basic science subjects. As you progress, emphasis will be placed on mining science and technology, which involves the study of soil and rock mechanics, explosive and rock breakage, materials transport, mining methods, mine planning, project evaluation and the environment.

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 with WASM in Perth before completing your third and final years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.

You will need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks, in order to graduate from mining engineering.

As part of a double degree program, you can study Bachelor of Engineering (Mining 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.

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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


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 fulfill the stage 1 competences required by Engineers Australia as the pathway to chartered engineer status (CPEng), a benchmark in professional engineering. Graduates also fulfill the educational requirements for certification as a first class mine manager from the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum. The course is also recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Mining Engineer
  • Miner
  • Mine manager
  • Consulting engineer
  • Mining company director

Why Mining Engineering?

  • Excellent opportunities for vacation work and graduate employment programs.
  • Curtin is one of three national Mining Education Australia universities.
  • The Kalgoorlie campus is located in the heart of the Goldfields' mining industry.
  • As a mining engineer, you may find opportunities to travel locally and internationally.
  • Mining engineers are employed at all levels throughout the industry, from recently qualified graduate mining engineers, through junior and senior management positions, to senior divisional consulting engineers and company directors.