Mining Engineering major (MJD-EMINE)

Mining engineers are responsible for the extraction of minerals from the ground using surface and/or underground mining techniques. They are involved in activities such as deposit evaluation, mine design, mine production and waste disposal. Mining Engineering at UWA produces skilled engineers with an emphasis on the analysis, design and optimisation of complete mining operations (systems) from extraction of the ore to delivery of the final product. The Mining Engineering major covers geology, finance and management, as well as detailed knowledge of surface mining, underground mining, rock mechanics and mine design.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) design the most appropriate mining approach for any deposit, based on the available data and acknowledging the associated limitations and risks.; (2) select the most appropriate operating strategy for any mining organisation,
including the technical, economic, practical, social and environmental factors, risks, constraints and limitations; (3) select the most appropriate mining technique for any operation, considering technical applicability, costs and safety; (4) select the most appropriate mining equipment for any operation, and accurately plan its productivity and operating
costs; and (5) demonstrate professional knowledge and associated skills in Mining Engineering, including strong communications skills, awareness of internal/external risks and constraints, and the ability to contribute to future directions of mining practice.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Mining Engineering can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Mining Engineering is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • eight Level 1 units
  • eight Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
  • ten Level 1 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Mining Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 EART1104 Discovering Earth
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S2 GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR (
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
Co-requisites:
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Bridging units
Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than
or
equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Prerequisites:
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent
or
Enrolment in ( MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology
or
MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences
or
MJD-MARDM Marine Science MJD-AGTEC Agricultural Technology MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes and SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
S1, S2 ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Incompatibility:
ELEC1303 Digital Systems and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
S1, S2 ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC2001 Motion
and
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
S1 GENG2009 Principles of Geomechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
S2 GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3010 Hydraulics
S2 MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
GENG3000
N/A MINE3401 Underground Mining 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the MJD-EMINE Mining Engineering major and MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1
N/A MINE3404 Rock Mechanics
Prerequisites:
CIVL2009 Principles of Geomechanics (ID 8046) and GENG2004 Solid Mechanics (ID 8044) and MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (ID 8009) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE4404 Rock Mechanics (ID 2620)
N/A MINE3405 Mineral Resources
Prerequisites:
MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (ID 8009) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE4405 Mineral Resources (ID 2624)
N/A MINE3406 Geotechnology of Mine Waste
Prerequisites:
CIVL2009 Principles of Geomechanics (ID 8046) and MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (ID 8009) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE4406 Geotechnology of Mine Waste (ID 2626)
N/A MINE3503 Surface Mining
Prerequisites:
MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (ID 8009) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE4503 Surface Mining (ID 2616)

Level 4

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (54 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GENG4403 Extractive Metallurgy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering
or
Mining Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Atleast Level 3 24 Points Unit(s) BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
S1, S2 GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Data Science
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A MINE4001 Mining Engineering Services
Prerequisites:
MINE3401 Underground Mining 1 (ID 8078) and MINE3503 Surface Mining (ID 8080) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A MINE4502 Underground Mining 2
Prerequisites:
MINE3401 Underground Mining 1 (ID 8078) and MINE3405 Mineral Resources (ID 8079)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE5502 Underground Mining 2 (ID 2615)
S1 MINE5501 Mining Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation)
and
MINE4503 Surface Mining
and
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 MINE5551 Mining Engineering Design Project 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation)
and
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1
and
MINE4405 Mineral Resources
and
MINE4503 Surface Mining
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Mining Engineering degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.