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MSc Mining Environmental Management - 2023 entry

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UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2022
Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Mining Engineering

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Gain specialist expertise that’s centred on environmental geochemistry and mineralogy, as well as a multi-disciplinary skillset covering natural, engineering and social science aspects of mining environmental management
  • Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
  • Undertake training in the management, remediation and mitigation of the environmental impacts of mining
  • Become an in-demand geoscientist helping mining companies and governments carry out mining as sustainably as possible, and protect the environment from its potentially negative impacts
  • Gain the knowledge and skills for a career in national and international mining and environment industries, consultancy, academia, and government or non-governmental organisation sectors.

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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

3rd for Materials and Mineral Engineering

The Guardian University League Table 2020

Comprehensive courses with content relating to many varied roles within industry, including design, mechanics, logistics, geotechnics, project management and surveying

Entry requirements

A good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in a science, earth or environmental science, engineering or maths based subject.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


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Course content

The specific focus of the programme and specialist expertise provided will be centred on environmental geochemistry and mineralogy, but students will be provided with a multi-disciplinary skillset covering natural, engineering and social science aspects of mining environmental management.

The course is based on a robust understanding of scientific and social science theory in the field of mining environmental management, and the practice and application of field, laboratory and computing skills. You will gain experience in acquiring, synthesising and critically evaluating data from a range of geochemical, mineralogical, remote sensing and social science databases.

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.


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£11,500 full-time
£5,750 part-time (where available)

International fees per year:

£24,500 full-time

GREAT Scholarship

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.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Women in Mining UK Scholarship

Women in Mining UK and the CSM Trust are delighted to be offering two scholarships for exceptional female students on a mining-related course, enrolling in 2022.

For more information please see the Women in Mining UK Scholarship page.

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On the Mining Environmental Management MSc, you will receive practical experience of working with the environment industry and on real-case mining environmental issues.

The programme aims to produce high-quality graduates who can enjoy high employment rates and easy transition into further PhD study. Emphasis remains on applied teaching and research relevant to careers in the mining environmental management sectors.

Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.

You will spend a good proportion of your time in the field during the autumn and spring terms.

Over the Easter period you are required to participate in an international field trip to visit sites impacted by mining and related management and remediation projects in Spain. This trip will prepare you to undertake typical site evaluation work, including water, stream sediment and soil sampling, and link the results back to existing operating and historic mines and natural weathering.

Teaching and research

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical activities, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.

The taught part of the programme is structured into two semesters.

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.

Students are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for their project period.


This MSc in Mining Environmental Management offers a unique opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in theory and technologies in the environmental management before, during and after mining. You will gain the knowledge and skill needed to work in relevant roles across sectors including the national and international mining and environment industries, consultancy, academia, and government or non-governmental organisations.

Reputational and networking benefits

A unique benefit of studying at Camborne School of Mines is the community and connections 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.

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.

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This programme is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.