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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Program code: 40104

Study mining engineering

When you study the Bachelor of Engineering Mining Transfer program you learn about the design, supervision and management of coal, mineral and metal mines. Students also study associated mining infrastructure and engineering practices.

A leading wealth producer for Australia and many parts of the world, mining refers to the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually from an ore body, vein or coal seam. Modern mining engineers minimise damage to environments while balancing the optimum production and processing of the mined matter, a balance students will learn to achieve.

You will gain a sound understanding of civil and mining engineering concepts in preparation for a career as a professional engineer. You will learn the skills needed to design, construct and manage mining projects by studying a tailored program of mining engineering courses. The last two years of the mining engineering degree are studied at either the University of New South Wales or the University of Wollongong.

Why study with us?

  • Be workplace ready: with hands-on project based learning and industry collaborations.
  • Real-world insights: connect with the mining industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Diversify your skills and knowledge: choose to study courses from mathematics, structural and environmental mechanics, geomechanics, technology and human values, surveying or computer programming.
  • Internationally-experienced engineering graduates: the University of Newcastle is one of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global e3).

Mining Engineering

World top 30 ? for Mining and Mineral Engineering
World Top 100 ? for Civil and Structural Engineering
No. 1 ? in Australia for quality of overall experience for undergraduate Engineering students

What you will study

The mining engineering degree is comprised of two years’ study at UON. The remaining two years are undertaken at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) or the University of Wollongong (UOW).

You will complete the first two years of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) at UON and study courses in:

  • mathematics
  • structural and environmental mechanics
  • geomechanics
  • technology and human values
  • surveying
  • computer programming

In second year you may apply through the University Admission Centre (UAC) to complete your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) at UNSW or UOW. Applications are subject to the normal admission requirements and offers are based on competitive assessment.

After transferring, your studies and coursework will include:

  • underground mining
  • surface mining
  • blasting
  • geology
  • mine ventilation
  • mine economics
  • mine planning
  • mine water
  • environmental impact
  • regulations and safety

You can also elect to transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)  and receive full credit for courses you have already completed.

Advanced study options

The University of Newcastle offers a suite of Master of Professional Engineering degrees so you can take your learning to the next level. In your Masters, you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

Master of Professional Engineering

Data from the Association of Professional Engineers Australia found that Masters degrees in engineering deliver an 18.7% wage premium when compared with a Bachelor degree.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The mining sector is dominated by large and often multinational companies. The industry is split into two sectors – one specialising in exploration for new resources, and the other in mining those resources. Careers pursued as a mining engineer track the development of a mine from discovery of a mineral resource through to design, commissioning operations and beyond, including:

  • open-cut or underground hard-rock mining
  • mine management
  • drilling
  • blasting
  • planning
  • environmental planning

Mining engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • mining engineer
  • project engineer
  • underground mining engineer
  • strategic mine planning engineer
  • mining superintendent
  • development superintendent
  • process engineer

It’s common for engineers to take on senior leadership roles in innovative businesses. The CEOs of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers. In fact, engineering is the most common degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs!

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This degree is offered in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong.

Practical work experience

Practical work experience

Your practical experience will be in the final two years of study, and those two years will be at your chosen transfer university. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.

Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

Global Engineering Education Exchange

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.