BEng Mining Engineering

UCAS codeJ110
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAB-BBB; IB: 34-30; BTEC: DDD-DDM
DisciplineMining and Mineral Engineering
LocationTaught in Cornwall Campus Cornwall (Penryn Campus)


Our BEng Mining Engineering degree 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.

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.

Our degree programme is truly multidisciplinary, including elements of civil and  mechanical engineering, geology, metallurgy, economics, environmental management and health and safety. They’re also highly vocational, so in addition to lecture-based study, the programmes include field trips, tours, a summer industrial placement and practical classes in surveying.

The BEng Mining Engineering degree programme is professionally accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Visit the Careers tab for further information.

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.

Year 1

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. At the end of the first year a three-week surface surveying field course is held on campus.

Year 2

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

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

Entry requirements 2019

Typical offer

A levels: AAB-BBB;

IB: 34-30;


Required subjects

A Level

GCE AL grade B in two science subjects including either Physics or Chemistry; or GCE AL Maths grade B and GCSE science.

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.


IB HL5 in two science subjects including either Physics or Chemistry or HL Maths

BTEC Extended Diploma (2010)

Applicants studying the following BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered without GCE AL requirments: Engineering.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2016)

Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering. 

For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Physical Sciences.

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 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 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.


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.


Global economic growth and increased demand for natural resources means there has been significant expansion of the minerals industry and there is now a significant worldwide shortage of new Mining Engineering graduates. Therefore, career opportunities for mining engineers are extremely good with extensive opportunities overseas particularly Australia, South America and Africa. 

In addition there are opportunities in the UK varying from the quarrying industry through to tunnelling companies and the financial sector. Naturally, this comes with a very good salary which would typically be higher than that of its competitor sectors.

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

A rich curriculum enhanced by strong links with industry

A strong emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development with degree programmes specially designed to develop academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you for employment or future study. You will develop the essential skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, teamwork, decision-making, communication, planning and organising, time management, presentation and leadership.

Our undergraduates directly benefit from the hundreds of links with industry we have established through collaborative research and consultation. Student projects are usually industrially driven and often directly involve a company. This provides an opportunity for you to undertake commercially important projects at the forefront of technology, gain invaluable experience and enhance your employability.

Dedicated careers advice

The Employability Officer is active in developing aspects of our courses and services that improve the employability of our students. Potential employers make regular visits to the campus, helping students to decide on modules, industry placements and career paths, and sometimes holding interviews. 

There is also a dedicated Careers Adviser who provides specific services such as workshops tailored to careers in Mining and Minerals Engineering and support in matters such as job applications and interview skills. The University's Career Zone will help you to write your CV and prepare for interviews.

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.

Work 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 your final 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

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Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the Camborne School of Mines website.

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Professional accreditation

Accredited under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Visit the Careers tab for more information.