MEng Mining Engineering

UCAS codeJ113
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32
DisciplineMining and Mineral Engineering
LocationTaught in Cornwall Campus Cornwall (Penryn Campus)

Overview

Our MEng Mining Engineering degree programme is truly multidisciplinary, including elements of civil and mechanical engineering, geology, metallurgy, economics, environmental management and health and safety.

It is also highly vocational, so in addition to lecture based study, the programme includes field trips, tours, a summer industrial placement and practical classes in surveying and in our test mine. You will generally spend your second year summer vacation gaining work experience anywhere from Australia to the UK and will often be paid for doing so.

The programme is taught by the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines (CSM), which has been training mining engineers for more than a century and has an international reputation. Many extractive industry operations around the world will have a CSM mining engineer somewhere within their staff and there is an active network of more than 1,000 graduates.

CSM is one of the best-equipped departments of its kind in Europe. Our staff are actively involved in research and you will benefit from their cutting-edge knowledge and our research facilities. We are also the only university in the UK to have its own test mine for teaching and research.

The Mining Engineering degree programme provides the knowledge and understanding of geology, rock mechanics, engineering design, economics, surveying, management and associated practical skills that will enable you to make a valuable contribution as soon as you are employed.

This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. An accredited MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Programme structure

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.

The first year of the programme is mainly devoted to general engineering principles together with geology and surveying and an introduction to mining and minerals engineering. You will attend a one-week induction course at our test mine during the Easter vacation and learn to use mining equipment and explosives safely. At the end of the first year a three-week surface surveying field course is held on campus.

Year 2

Year two In year two more emphasis is placed on mining subjects and management whilst the engineering and geology topics from the first year are further developed. In the summer vacation between the second and third years you will work in the extractive industry for at least eight weeks. Most students work overseas during this period. The onus is on you to find a placement, although the Department can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests. Companies with close ties to the Department also provide placements for a number of students. Most students receive a wage during their placement and some companies provide other support such as accommodation and travel allowances. Following the work placement and prior to the beginning of Year 3, we undertake a week long industrial tour, normally overseas.

Year 3

Between the second and third stages students will spend at least 8 weeks working in the mining industry gaining industrial experience.

In the third year all subjects are very closely connected with mining. Mine design, geotechnical engineering, mining geology and minerals management are developed further. You will also carry out a mining feasibility study where you will work in small groups to design and cost a mining project. Throughout the third year you will work on an individual research project in your area of interest, under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Previous research projects have included:

  • Blast vibration analysis
  • Gyrotheodolite surveys
  • Orebody modelling
  • Computer modelling of rock slope failure
  • Health and safety in mines and quarries
  • Mine and tunnel design
  • Quarry product evaluation

Year 4

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32

Required subjects

GCE AL grade B in two science subjects including either Physics or Chemistry; or GCE AL Maths grade B and GCSE science; IB two sciences HL5 including either Physics or Chemistry or HL Maths and GCSE Maths grade C.

GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

Applicants studying the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Engineering.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Teaching methods include a combination of formal lectures, ‘hands on’ practical classes and field-based teaching. Laboratory classes using our extensive teaching collections and petrographic microscopes develop your understanding of the major groups of rocks, minerals and fossils. Project work often involves use of our world-class analytical mineralogical facilities.

On average you will spend 20 hours per week in taught activities at the University and will be expected to carry out a further 20 hours per week in independent study.

During your degree you will undertake blasting trials, ventilation surveys, surface and underground surveying exercises, and operation of mining equipment.

The CSM underground test mine works as a purpose built testing facility where both teaching and research can be conducted in an authentic setting.

During the second and third year of your programme, you will complete a major project, which forms an important component of the third year of the degree programme. This project may involve geological mapping, a research project or a company placement, which is sometimes paid. You'll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.

Assessment

Assessment is undertaken throughout each term via a combination of formal exams and associated coursework. You will have to pass the assessment in the first year in order to progress, but the marks do not contribute to your final degree classification.

The overall mark for your degree is calculated from your second and third-year assessments.

Study abroad

In the summer vacation between the second and third years you will work in the extractive industry for at least eight weeks.

Most students work overseas during this period. The onus is on you to find a placement, although the Department can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests.

Companies with close ties to the Department also provide placements for a number of students. Most students receive a wage during their placement and some companies provide other support such as accommodation and travel allowances.

Following the work placement and prior to the beginning of Year 3, we undertake a week long industrial tour, normally overseas.

Fieldwork

An industrial tour takes place during mid-September preceding the final year. Visits are made to mine sites both on the surface and underground, along with mill visits and visits to waste treatment/recycling plants. These visits develop additional learning skills and awareness of the minerals/extraction industry.

Careers

A very high proportion of graduates of Mining Engineering enter minerals-related employment, either in the UK or overseas.

Other graduates move into related areas such as tunnelling, civil engineering design or the oil and gas industry. However, recent graduates are working in fields as diverse as sales and marketing and operations management for major UK minerals providers.

Some graduates opt to continue their training by undertaking postgraduate courses in geotechnical engineering or computing or undertake research degrees (MPhil/PhD).

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The Engineering Council provide an accredited course search web page and further information for prospective students where you can find a list of all our accredited degree programmes.

Industrial experience

You will generally spend your second year summer vacation gaining work experience anywhere from Australia to the UK and will often be paid for doing so. This will be for a minimum of eight weeks.

Most students work overseas during this period. The onus is on you to find a placement, although the Department can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests.

Companies with close ties to the department also provide placements for a number of students. Most students receive a wage during their placement, and some companies provide other support such as accommodation and travel allowances.

In the third year, you will work on an individual research project in your area of interest throughout the year. The year finishes with a three-week mining feasibility study where you will work in small groups to design and cost a mining project.

Contact us

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Email: cornwall@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the Mining Engineering website