- Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
- For geology and engineering graduates wishing to specialise in applied geotechnics
- Explore the prediction and measurement of damage caused by natural disasters, and innovative ways to reduce and prevent future issues through the construction of structures such as dams
- Graduate with the skills to undertake professional employment in the civil, environmental, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and mining-related industries
- Gain specialist knowledge in tunnel, surface and underground excavation design, and applied hydrogeology and risk assessment.
8th in the world for Mining and Minerals Engineering
QS University World Rankings 2021
Leading research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide
Multidisciplinary expertise in mining and minerals engineering, geology and surveying
Based on our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, a beautiful and diverse county with amazing geosites on your doorstep
Engineering Council - This degree is accredited as a technical programme, meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
IOM3 - Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in a mining, geological, engineering, science or mathematical discipline.
Students applying with Turkish Government sponsorship/funding need to include their project topic as part of the application.
You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip. You can either study the course full time over a year or part-time over 2 or 4 years.
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.
UK fees per year:
£3,650 part-time (where available)
£7,300 full-time (where available)
International fees per year:
£15,650 full-time (where available)
In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Exeter is offering 7 scholarships to students in China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia and Mexico applying for postgraduate courses in a range of subjects. Find out more about this on our website.
CSM Trust Scholarships
The CSM Trust are offering scholarships to students studying postgraduate mining and geology programmes starting autumn 2021. Find out more about our scholarships below:
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
The taught part of the programme is structured into two terms. Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.
For the award of the Masters (MSc), you must pass four modules and complete a project and dissertation. To obtain a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), you must pass two modules and a project with dissertation.
The project is undertaken from June to September, after the second semester examinations. Completed dissertations must be submitted by mid-September. You are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for the project period. The projects are normally design-based and allow further specialisation in a topic that is of particular interest to you. This could involve the use of state-of-the-art engineering design software, risk and hazard analysis and other analytical techniques.
Timetables are designed to allow the completion of the modules and the project within one calendar year. For part-time (block release) attendance, the completion of the MSc or Diploma must normally be within three calendar years.
A research- and practice-led culture
We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
Reputational and networking benefits
A unique benefit studying at Camborne School of Mines is the community and relations you will gain both during, and after your studies. Camborne School of Mines has a world-class reputation and excellent alumni network, allowing our graduates to prosper in their respective fields in all corners of the globe:
“I have worked in many places around the world and have yet to visit a country where I could not find at least one CSM graduate. In fact, there are normally several and they can often be found in influential positions.”
Tim Henderson, CSM graduate and current Technical Director at Glencore
Graduate skills and destinations
In addition, a degree form Camborne School of Mines will teach the necessary technical skills and theoretical knowledge required, as well as additional complementary skills relating to communications, teamwork and problem solving. We have excellent rates of graduate employment, with many postgraduates working overseas.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to enjoy careers as geotechnical engineer, rock mechanics engineer, geologist, design engineer and tunnelling engineer. Our graduates have gone to work for some exceptional companies such as Cross Rail and Bam Nutthallt. This information has been taken from the
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the job title and organisation do not necessarily correspond.
Support and opportunities
The Career Zone (CAS) at our Cornwall Campus provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the University and after you have graduated.
Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A new computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on, for example, sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering.
The CAS can help you to identify attractive jobs, careers paths and employers and assist with your CV, interview technique and identifying work experience placements