Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mining)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334851
CRICOS 082114M

Unearth riches

Mining engineers work with all aspects of ore extraction and processing. They gather valuable minerals or metals and provide a backbone industry for our society.

The reinvigoration of traditional mining plus new advances—such as deep-sea mining and space mining—mean there's an exciting future for mining engineers, with a wealth of job opportunities around Australia and overseas.

The University of Adelaide is ranked 13 in the world for Mining and Mineral Engineering*.

What will you do?

Being the only mining engineering course in South Australia, we cover everything from engineering design to management skills. You will:

  • take part in field trips to mining locations in Australia and overseas
  • gain exposure to industry practices in world-class laboratories
  • work closely with experts to develop skills and networks for a successful career
  • complete an eight-week practical experience
  • undertake an optional semester at another mining university.

Majors are available in:

  • Mine automation—learn about the connection between mining and artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data at the only university in Australia currently offering a major in mine automation.

Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

You will graduate as an accredited engineer with mining as your speciality. You might drill and blast in local stone quarries or travel overseas to unearth rare metals. You could design plans for how to approach newly discovered sites. Perhaps you’ll work in exciting developing fields like deep-sea or space mining.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334851
    2019 CSP ATAR 90.05
    2019 CSP IB 33
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5
    Median ATAR to receive an offer <5
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer <5
    Minimum eligibility score 80
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334851

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students <5 100.0%

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    CRICOS 082114M
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 29
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $43,000

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Mining engineering graduates have the highest employment rate of all engineering specialties—92 per cent*—with industry forecasting significant job growth into the future.

    Mining engineers are involved at every stage of a mining operation from the point of discovery to the closing of the mine.

    Graduates work as geotechnical engineers, environmental engineers, drilling and blast engineers, ventilation engineers, mine planning engineers, and geostatisticians.

    Our recent graduates have been employed by BHP Billiton, Hillgrove Resources, and Rio Tinto

    *Graduate Careers Australia

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Mining Engineer, Consultant Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Engineer, Land Resources and Land Care, Manufacturing Engineer, Mineral Exploration, Minerals Processing Engineer, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Planner, Consultant, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Development Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Remote Sensing and GIS, Resource Management, Resource Manager, Entrepreneur, Environmental Geology, Space Scientist, Space and Astrophysical Research, ...

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Study Overseas opportunities available visit Global Experiences.

    Study Overseas Experience

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    The first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) focus on building engineering, mathematics and science foundations that are further developed in the final two years of the degree. The third and fourth years of the degree have been developed by Mining Education Australia; a unique, industry-funded and internationally respected collaboration of the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland and Curtin University. This provides students with a unique perspective on mining practice across Australia.

    A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. In the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) the available major is Mine Automation. The University of Adelaide is the only university in Australia currently offering a mine automation major. The major includes courses in artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, autonomous systems, and robotics.

    Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas. Minors are available in Entrepreneurship and Humanitarian engineering.

    Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    The first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) focus on building engineering, mathematics and science foundations that are further developed in the final two years of the degree.

    The third and fourth years of the degree have been developed by Mining Education Australia; a unique, industry-funded and internationally respected collaboration of the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland and Curtin University. This provides students with a unique perspective on mining practice across Australia.

    The degree focuses on engineering problem-solving, analysis and design, optimisation, computer-based methods and research, and communication and management skills.

    Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors                                                                                                                   
    A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. All graduates—irrespective of major—qualify as mining engineers and can pursue a career in any specialist fields within the profession.

    Majors are available across the following areas:

    Mine Automation
    The mining industry is in the midst of a profound digital transformation encompassing mobile computing, cloud data storage, big data analytics, and advanced process control. The industry needs highly qualified engineers to plan, design, and manage high-tech mining operations that use mine automation technology to operate systems.

    The University of Adelaide is the only university in Australia currently offering a mine automation major. The major includes courses in artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, autonomous systems, and robotics.

    Minors

    Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas.

    Minors are available in the following:

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Humanitarian

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.
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Last updated: Monday, 26 Aug 2019