Mining and Minerals Engineering

  • 4th for Materials and Mineral Engineering in The Guardian University Guide 2014
  • Outstanding relationships and reputation with international industry
  • Excellent graduate employment prospects
  • World class research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide
  • Industry-funded places; £2,000 scholarships available for some taught programmes
  • Comprehensive mineral processing laboratory

Mining is essential to our everyday lives. There is a saying ‘if it can’t be grown, it has to be mined’. The challenges facing the mining industry include not just finding enough mineral resources to meet demand but to produce those minerals in a way that causes least harm, and conveys maximum advantage, to the environment and to society. Many research projects at Camborne School of Mines contribute towards these aims. We call this topic 'responsible mining and sustainable use of natural resources'.  A selection of our projects is given in subsequent sections to illustrate the diversity of research required to make mining more economic, resource and energy efficient and safe; to protect the environment; to promote sustainable development and to ensure security of minerals supply.

We work together in multidisciplinary teams that can include mining engineers, minerals engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists and mineralogists, and with colleagues elsewhere in the university, especially in areas such as corporate social responsibility. Many projects are carried out in collaboration with external industry colleagues and with national and international research partners.
Our research is funded by the European Union, industry and the UK research councils.