- Discover the fundamentals of surveying, and delve into geomatics, minerals and environmental topics, enabling you to graduate with distinctive practical and specialist skills
- Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
- Accredited by both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and recognised by professional associations around the world
- Graduate with in-demand skills and diverse knowledge for a career in building, residential, commercial, environmental or quantity surveying
- No other comparable programme in the UK.
Top 15 in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering
QS University World Subject Rankings 2023
Leading research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide
1st in the UK for Materials and Mineral Engineering
QS World University Subject Rankings 2023
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The MSc Surveying and Land/Environmental Management programme provided me with a broad range of valuable site experience which proved invaluable when applying for graduate positions. Camborne School of Mines’ brilliant alumni network and indisputable reputation in the industry have the best possible start after leaving University.
Kasia Drinkwater - MSc Surveying and Land/Environmental Management, 2014
Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Nova Construction (Cornwall) Ltd.
A good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in Geography, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Engineering, Economics, Archaeology or a similar subject.
Candidates with other professional/industrial experience or qualifications will be considered for the PgDip programme, with a view to progressing to the full MSc programme subject to satisfactory performance in the first 120 credits.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
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 3 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:
£6,850 part-time (where available)
£9,140 (where available)
International fees per year:
£13,750 part-time (where available)
£18,340 full-time (where available)
Two scholarships worth £26,500 each are available to students who have had an application accepted to one of the Camborne School of Mines MSc programmes for September 2024 entry. This scholarship programme is funded by a generous donation from London Metal Exchange (LME). As part of the scholarships the successful candidates will have the opportunity to undertake mentoring with LME staff and to work with LME on their dissertation project. Find out more.
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have Global Excellence Scholarships available for international fee paying students applying for January 2024 entry and September 2024 entry.* For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
*Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details of eligible programmes and candidates. Awards may vary from year to year.
Teaching and research
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 from 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. A foundation of geomatics based knowledge is then supplemented by elements of minerals and land management, project management, relevant law, contamination and site investigation.
The professional destinations of our graduates reflects the quality of this programme. They have gone on to enjoy prosperous and successful careers in land, mineral, geomatics, environmental, mine and hydrographics surveyors. The companies our graduates have gone on to work for range from large companies such as Skanska and Costain to successful independently freelance surveyors. 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 titles and organisations are listed independently and 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.