Mining and Minerals Engineering

  • PhD Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • MSc by Research Mining and Minerals Engineering 
Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date September, January or April

Research overview


As a Mining and Minerals PhD student at the Camborne School of Mines, you will lead research projects that have a significant impact on both your chosen field of study and wider society. We work on a variety of different topics including mining and geotechnical engineering, industrial safety, surveying, optimised mineral processing, and understanding the impacts of mining on society and the environment.

Potential students with more of a focus on Geology may wish to investigate our Geology programme instead.

Research Groups

Research groups at the Camborne School of Mines conduct research spanning the full range of the geosciences. Groups with a significant Mining and Minerals Engineering focus include:

Please look at the research group pages and the linked staff profiles to find potential supervisors in your field of interest. We are always happy to discuss potential PhD or MSc by Research topics with you.


At CSM we host a thriving, diverse, and international postgraduate research community with over 40 PhD students registered in 2019.

We have exceptionally strong links with the international mining industry.

We offer postgraduates an outstanding research environment with state-of-the-art analytical facilities and laboratories, and supervisors who are working at the cutting edge of their field.

We are proud of our supportive and inclusive environment, with our Mining & Minerals Engineering PhD students routinely among the most satisfied in the university according to the annual PRES survey.

In recent years CSM Mining and Minerals Engineering PhD graduates have gone on to successful careers in industry, including working for international mining and exploration companies, civil engineering firms, consultancies, and government agencies. Graduates have also pursued successful careers in academia, including postdocs and lectureships.


Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Mining and Minerals Engineering postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job TitleOrganisation
Applications Specialist/Geologist
Associate Research Fellow
Associate research fellow / Lecturer
Mineral Processing Engineer
Process Engineer
Project Engineer

Vegetation Adviser
Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria
Selfrag AG
University of Exeter

Entry requirements

You should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in engineering or science or have an appropriate MSc qualification.

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.

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 2023/24

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Tuition Fees per year 2022/23

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Current available funding

Contact us

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Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

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