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MEng Mining Engineering - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code J113
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAA
IB: 36/666

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Mining Engineering


  • Multi-disciplinary degree including elements of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Metallurgy and Economics
  • Gain professional experience through an industrial placement between years two and three
  • Taught in a practical environment, featuring extensive laboratory work and frequent field trips to relevant sites around the UK
  • Be part of the University of Exeter’s world-renowned Camborne School of Mines (CSM)
  • Benefit from a worldwide professional network of alumni

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Top 14 in the world for Mining and Minerals Engineering

QS World University Rankings 2019.

87% of graduates in graduate-level employment or further study within six months of graduating

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) of 2016/17 undergraduates

3rd in the UK for Materials and Mineral Engineering

The Guardian University League Tables 2020.

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA GCE AL grade A in two Science subjects including either Physics or Chemistry; or Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Further Mathematics Grade A and GCSE Science
IB 36/666 IB HL6 in two Science subjects including either Physics or Chemistry or HL6 Mathematics and SL4 in another Science. GCSE Mathematics Grade C or 4
BTEC DDD BTEC Extended Diploma (2010) - Applicants studying the following BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Engineering.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2016) - Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering"
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

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Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Course content

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.

The first year of the programme is devoted to general engineering principles together with geology and surveying and an introduction to mining and minerals engineering. At the end of the first year a three-week surface surveying field course is held on campus.

Topics covered in your second year include project management, geotechnics, electrical engineering and mechanics. In the summer vacation between the second and third years you will work in the extractive industry for at least eight weeks. Most students work overseas during this period and the department can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests, although the onus is on you to find a placement. Companies with close ties to the Department also provide placements for a number of students. Most students receive a wage during their placement and some companies provide other support such as accommodation and travel allowances. Following the work placement and prior to the beginning of Year 3, you will also join a week long industrial tour, normally overseas.

Topics studied in year three include mine design, geotechnical engineering, mining geology and minerals management. You will also carry out a mining feasibility study where you will work in small groups to design and cost a mining project. Throughout the third year you will also work on an individual research project in your area of interest, supervised by a member of academic staff. Previous research projects have included:

  • Blast vibration analysis
  • Gyrotheodolite surveys
  • Orebody modelling
  • Computer modelling of rock slope failure
  • Health and safety in mines and quarries
  • Mine and tunnel design
  • Quarry product evaluation

A major part of your fourth year will be the completion of an individual research project and a group design project. You’ll also study advanced topics such as mine automation, mine modelling and advanced mine design.

I couldn’t be happier with my choice to study on Penryn Campus. You don’t make friends, you make family. My favourite aspect about studying here has to be the people.

The size of Penryn means that you belong to a close-knit community. You get to benefit from the extremely high quality of education the University of Exeter has to offer while forming long-term friendships along the way.

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Studying MEng Mining Engineering


Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

CSM Trust Scholarships

The Camborne School of Mines Trust are generously offering awards of £6,000 to support the studies of first-year mining undergraduates. You can find out more and apply directly online by visiting our scholarship page.

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MEng Mining Engineering

Accredited under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The Engineering Council provide an accredited course search webpage and further information for prospective students where you can find a list of all our accredited degree programmes.

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Learning and teaching

Teaching methods include a combination of formal lectures, ‘hands on’ practical classes and field-based teaching. Laboratory classes will develop your understanding of the major groups of rocks, minerals and fossils using our extensive teaching collections and petrographic microscopes. Project work often involves use of our world-class analytical mineralogical facilities. Visits are made to mine sites both on the surface and underground, as well as mills and waste treatment/recycling plants.

On average you will spend 20 hours per week in taught activities at the university and will be expected to carry out a further 20 hours per week in independent study.

During the second and final year of your programme, you will complete a major project, which forms an important component of the final year of the degree programme. This project may involve geological mapping, a research project or a company placement, which is sometimes paid. You'll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.


Assessment is undertaken throughout each term via a combination of formal exams and associated coursework. You will have to pass the assessment in the first year in order to progress, but the marks do not contribute to your final degree classification.

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Your future

Global economic growth and increased demand for natural resources means there has been significant expansion of the minerals industry. Career prospects for mining engineers are extremely good with extensive opportunities, particularly for those looking to work overseas in locations such as Australia, South America and Africa.

Graduate roles in the UK vary from the quarrying industry through to tunnelling companies and the financial sector.

Some graduates opt to continue their training by undertaking taught postgraduate (MSc) courses, for example in geotechnical engineering or computing, or choose to pursue further research with a MPhil or PhD.

A rich curriculum enhanced by strong links with industry

Throughout your degree a strong emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development. You will develop the essential skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, teamwork, decision-making, communication, planning and organising, time management, presentation and leadership.

You’ll benefit from the hundreds of links with industry we have established through collaborative research and consultation. Student projects are usually industrially driven and often directly involve a company. This provides an opportunity for you to undertake commercially important projects at the forefront of technology, gain invaluable experience and enhance your employability.

Dedicated careers advice

Our Employability Team is active in developing aspects of our courses and services that improve the employability of our students. Potential employers make regular visits to the campus, helping students to decide on modules, industry placements and career paths, and sometimes holding interviews.

There is also a dedicated Careers Adviser who provides specific services such as workshops tailored to careers in Mining and Minerals Engineering and support in matters such as job applications and interview skills. The University's Career Zone will help you to write your CV and prepare for interviews.

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