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On Offer Yes
Award Graduate Diploma of Mining
Accepting Applications Yes - Semester 1, 2015
Program Coordinator Dr Michael Tuck
Contact Hours (per week) Approx 40 hours
Classes Held

Online or block mode - dependant on student status (refer below)

Domestic students
Domestic students (Australian Citizens or permanent residents) may undertake this program completely via online education (including assessments) or by block mode on campus study. It is also possible for domestic students to undertake this program via a combination of distance and block mode study.

International Students
International students must undertake this program as a full time student via block mode delivery at our Mt Helen campus in order to meet international student visa requirements.

Commences Semester 1, 2015 / Online learning - year round
Program Outline

The Graduate Diploma in Mining was created with the working engineer in mind. Intended as continuing education for scientists and engineers already involved with the mining industry, it is expected to appeal particularly to civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and construction engineers, geologists, metallurgists, surveyors and other professionals with an interest in mining practice. This program will build upon the knowledge already gained from invaluable industry experience.

With a range of study modes available, from part time online learning to full time on campus study, this program can be tailored to suit your needs.

The program is designed for full-time study over two years or part-time study over a four year period either via online learning* or via block mode in the form of several full-time periods on campus of one week each, followed by assignments and practical work in the student's place of employment.

Persons not wishing, or not able to, finish the program in minimum time may attend full or half sessions once or twice per year until the required number of courses have been completed.

Completion in one year of full-time study is possible following consultation with the program coordinator.

*Domestic students only, international students are required to study full-time at the Mt Helen Campus.

Career Opportunities

The specialised education received in this program will allow you to work at the highest levels within the resources and other related industries.

Mining Engineers work in all parts of the industry from feasibility studies through to mine design, to managing actual production and sales. Our graduates are found working in positions including: Mine Managers, Mine planning engineers, Ventilation officers and engineers, geotechnical roles, consultants and many other roles.

You will be responsible for planning the safest and most cost effective way of extraction of minerals from the ground, rivers or the sea bed and may be involved with designing, installing and supervising the use of mining machinery and equipment and for inspecting the progress of mining operations.

Mining Engineers are also tasked with protecting conditions for both people and the environment in the vicinity of mines.

Program Rules and Requirements

Successful completion of sixteen courses from the program schedule listed below.

Program Content

Listed below is the schedule of courses for the Graduate Diploma of Mining.

Not all courses are offered on campus every semester - please refer to appropriate timetable for courses currently on offer on campus (refer to "Classes Section" above). Students undertaking distance education may select from any of the following courses.

Following is a sample program structure.

Semester 1 (Bridging)
ENCOR 1015 Introductory Mathematics or Equivalent
SCGEO 1102 Earth Science or Equivalent
ENCOR2100 Fluids and Thermofluids or Equivalent
ENMIN 5150 Company Economics and Finance

Semester 2
ENCOR 1140 Calculus and Physics or Equivalent
ENMIN 5019 Computer Applications in Mining
ENMIN 5020 Mine Safety and Environmental Engineering
ENMIN 5021 Mine Surveying

Semester 3

ENMIN 5130 - Underground Production Systems
ENMIN 5140 - Materials Handling & Hoisting
ENMIN 5160 - Rock Mechanics Applications
ENMIN 5018 - Surface Mining Operations & Equipment

Semester 4

ENMIN 5023 - Mine Ventilation
ENMIN 5100 - Mine Power Supply & Drainage
ENMIN 5110 - Production Drilling & Blasting
ENMIN 5120 - Tunnelling & Mine Development

Please refer to Indicative Program Structure field for an indication of fees payable for each course within this program.

Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Professional Recognition

The program has been accepted in some states as fulfilling all or part of the academic requirements for certain Mine Managers' Certificates. Students interested in this aspect should contact the department in their own state to determine which combination of courses is most suitable for their needs.

Graduates may apply directly to Engineers Australia to undertake an individual assessment to assess eligibility for accreditation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the tuition fee cover the cost for study materials and postage? Yes it does.


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Contact Us

Tel: 5327 9000
Freecall: 1800 333 864

International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:
International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa.
FedUni Code EQ4
Mid year entry Yes
Duration (EFTSL) 2-4 years
Other Study Costs

Additional cost for excursions and specialised equipment.

Steel cap safety boots and safety glasses - Approx. $60.00

Objectives The Graduate Diploma of Mining is intended as continuing education for scientists and engineers involved with the mining industry. It is expected to appeal particularly to civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and construction engineers, geologists, metallurgists, surveyors and other professionals with an interest in mining practice.

Part-time via online learning - 4 years;
Full-time on campus - 2 years


Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)

Application Method The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to Apply page for further information.
Application Type - VTAC No
Application Type - Direct Yes
Entry Requirements Relevant degree or diploma or lesser qualification with significant industrial experience.
Extra Requirements There are no extra requirements for entry into this program.
  Equivalent overseas qualifications may be accepted. Students with lesser qualifications but substantial industrial experience may also be admitted.
Pathways/Alternate Entry

For pathways information please visit our Engineering pathways webpage.

Indicative Fees Please visit to obtain further information regarding Indicative Program Fees.
Further Information Contact Us:
Tel: 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) Email:

A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.
The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

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Information correct as at 06/Nov/2014
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