BEng Mining Engineering with Study Abroad in Minerals Engineering

UCAS code J115
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM
Discipline Mining and Mineral Engineering
Location Taught in Cornwall Campus Cornwall (Penryn Campus)

Overview

BEng Mining Engineering with Study Abroad in Minerals Engineering is a specialist programme that makes use of Exeter’s partnership with the University of British Columbia to enhance your degree and offer an international experience.

In addition to studying a full BEng at Camborne School of Mines, you will spend a year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

The University of British Columbia’s Institute of Mining sits alongside Camborne School of Mines as one of the world’s foremost mining departments. By choosing this degree you will have the opportunity to study across two top departments, taking advantage of the differing expertise and specialisms. You’ll also be able to experience life in another country, making friends and contacts that will stay with you into professional life.

Your year abroad will take place in your third year of study.

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.

Years 1 and 2

During your first and second years of study, your modules will be the same as the standard BEng at Camborne School of Mines.

Year 3 - study abroad

You will spend your third year studying at the University of British Columbia where you will be able to study modules in Minerals Processing and Minerals Engineering. These modules will add to your knowledge of Mining Engineering gained at Camborne School of Mines and will give you a broader set of skills and will open new opportunities when you come to apply for graduate employment.

Year 4

In your final year you will study advanced topics including mine design, geotechnical engineering, mining geology and minerals management. 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 2020

Typical offer

A levels: AAB-ABB;

IB: 34-32;

BTEC: DDD-DDM

Required subjects

A Level

GCE AL grade B in two science** subjects including either Physics or Chemistry; or GCE AL Mathematics 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

IB HL5 in two science subjects including either Physics or Chemistry or HL Mathematics and GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4.

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, 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

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

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 fourth year of your programme, you will complete a major project, which forms an important component of the final 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, third and fourth-year assessments.

Study abroad

Students studying BEng Mining Engineering will have the option to transfer to BEng Mining Engineering with Study Abroad in Minerals Engineering. 

In addition to studying a full BEng at Camborne School of Mines, you will spend a year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

The University of British Columbia’s Institute of Mining sits alongside Camborne School of Mines as one of the world’s foremost mining departments. By choosing this degree you will have the opportunity to study across two top departments, taking advantage of the differing expertise and specialisms. You’ll also be able to experience life in another country, making friends and contacts that will stay with you into professional life.

Your year abroad will take place in your third year of study.

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

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.

Work experience

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.

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

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the Camborne School of Mines website.