Camborne School of Mines

Founded in 1888, Camborne School of Mines (CSM) now hosts a unique combination of scientific and engineering expertise in geology, mining and minerals processing, and applies this to world-leading research and teaching.

Our work is recognised as being at the forefront of global research, and is funded by the EU, Research Councils UK, and industry partners.

Our geological museum is housed on the Penryn Campus.

Research groups

We work together in multidisciplinary teams that can include mining engineers, geochemists, geologists, geotechnical engineers, mineralogists and palaeontologists. Our key research areas are:

Partnerships and facilities

In addition to consultancy services, exceptional laboratory facilities and surveying support for business partners, we also offer short professional development courses in quarry shot firing and explosives.

Our facilities and research expertise are accessible to businesses as well as our academics and students:

  • Chemical imaging and mineralogical analysis facility, including low vacuum scanning microscope, electron microprobe and X-ray diffraction.
  • Minerals engineering laboratory equipped for gravity separation, comminution, froth flotation and electrostatic separation, among other functions.
  • Surveying equipment including three Leica systems and a fully automatic Precision Surveying Gyroscope.
  • Cloud scanner: a laser scanner for constructing accurate 3D computer models

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