- Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
- Benefit from CSM’s excellent alumni network so you can prosper in your chosen field anywhere in the world
- Gain technical skills and theoretical knowledge, and complementary skills relating to communications, teamwork and problem solving
- Delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical activities, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.
14th in the world for Mining and Minerals Engineering
QS University World Rankings 2019
Leading research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide
3rd for Materials and Mineral Engineering
The Guardian University League Table 2020
Comprehensive courses with content relating to many varied roles within industry, including design, mechanics, logistics, geotechnics, project management and surveying
A good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in a science, earth or environmental science, engineering or maths based subject
This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.
MSc Tunnel Engineering consists of four core modules totalling 105 credits, which includes the 60-credit research project, and five 15-credit optional modules.
The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The research project, under the personal supervision of an expert in the chosen area, continues until September.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UK/EU fees per year:
£10,950 full time
£5,750 part time (where available)
International fees per year:
£22,950 full time
Global Excellence Scholarships
Global Excellence Scholarships are available for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Women in Mining Scholarship
The Women in Mining (UK) organisation and Camborne School of Mines Trust is delighted to offer two exceptional female students on a mining-related course a scholarship of £6,000 to support their studies. The scholarships will be awarded at the panel’s discretion to the applicants considered most deserving of the award. Find out more on our website.
Teaching and research
The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical activities, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. The taught part of the programme is structured into two semesters. Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.
A research- and practice-led culture
We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.
Students are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for their project period.
A degree from the Camborne School of Mines will give you the practical and vocational skills to pursue a career in fields related to your degree, such as the extraction or construction industry. It will also give you a range of broader skills in teamwork, problem solving and communication.
Support and opportunities
The Career Zone (CAS) at our Cornwall Campus provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the university and after you have graduated.
Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A new computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on, for example, sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering.
The CAS can help you to identify attractive jobs, careers paths and employers and assist with your CV, interview technique and identifying work experience placements.
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