The Mining Engineering Department runs both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.
Aims and Objectives
The Department runs a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering (BSc Mining Engineering). The programme aims at providing firm grounding in concepts of Mining Engineering disciplines and related courses to meet the requirements of industry. The main objectives are to:
- Train competent first degree graduates
- Prepare first degree graduates to take up jobs in industry
- Prepare candidates for higher degrees in mining and related programmes
After completing the programme, the Mining Engineer should be capable of applying science and technology to plan, design, develop, optimise, operate and manage mining and mineral projects anywhere in the world. He/she is trained to carry out professional duties using their knowledge of sound environmental technology with the conscious effort to maximise returns on investment.
Throughout the mining engineering programme, students take core courses in surface and underground mining, mine planning and design, mineral deposit and ore reserve modelling, mineral processing, mineral economics, principles of economics, mine management, rock mechanics, rock fragmentation, operations research, economic development and planning. These courses require a strong background in probability and statistics, mathematical analysis, technical drawing, physical and structural geology, physical and analytical chemistry and mineralogy and petrology, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, land surveying, thermodynamics, Geographical Information Systems (GIS). In order to make the engineer complete and versatile, he/she is taught courses such as communication skill, literature in English, law of contract and tort and entrepreneurial skills.
Mining engineering graduates pursue careers in mining (surface and underground), mineral exploration, equipment manufacturing and sales, and mineral commodity markets. They find employment in mining companies, sales and service industries, banking and financial institutions, exploration companies, and water engineering companies. Since human population continues to increase with increasing complexity of taste and comfort, there need for more minerals in the phase of competition for capital, there will also be an ever increasing need for more Mining Engineers.