MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD Mining and Minerals Engineering

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years Full time 1-2 years
Part time 2-3 years
  • Mining
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date September, January or April


I Love My PhD

Camborne School of Mines PhD student Sam Broom-Fendley Clark tells us about his research and why he loves his PhD.

Camborne School of Mines provides a diverse range of research opportunities reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the expertise of the academic staff within the internationally renowned Department.

As a Mining and Minerals Engineering MPhil/PhD student, you will work alongside the Mining and Minerals Research Group. Please see the research areas page for details on the research specialisms of this group.

Research areas

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.

Entry requirements 2018

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £23,000 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Contact us

Web: Enquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801