Mining and Minerals Engineering

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

Research overview

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.

Research areas

Based at the University’s £100 million Penryn Campus near Falmouth, the Camborne School of Mines has an international reputation for research and teaching related to the understanding and management of the Earth's natural processes, resources and the environment.

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 offer postgraduates an outstanding research environment with state of the art analytical facilities and laboratories with excellent rates of graduate employment. World class research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide. There are a diverse range of research opportunities reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the expertise of the academic staff within the internationally renowned Department.

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.

Minerals engineering group

As a Mining and Minerals Engineering MPhil/PhD student, you will work alongside the Mining and Minerals Research Group.

Minerals have been at the heart of society since prehistoric times and will continue to be of vital importance moving forward: better understanding of minerals is key to a sustainable and prosperous future. Researchers at Camborne School of Mines in the ‘Minerals Engineering’ group focus on optimising the extraction of minerals and secondary material resources, through research into processing properties, extraction potential via physical separation and bioleaching, measurement and process control tools, and mathematical modelling and simulation. Of vital importance in this field is geometallurgy, a framework that links the geological structure, formation and location of minerals to mining and extraction through the identification, sampling and measurement of key parameters.

Find out more about the group's members and projects.

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

Current available funding

Contact us

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