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Dual Major

Mining and Geotechnical Engineering

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Science

This dual major combines studies in mining engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering.

This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials.

Mining and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, excavations, tunnelling and mining. This major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in mining and geotechnical engineering.

Be in demand

  • This highly specialised degree will place you at the forefront of mining development and provide you with the technical and practical skills to work on projects in Australia and overseas.
  • Mining and geotechnical engineers often work in design, operation, management, research and consulting on projects ranging from roads and excavations through to tunnelling and mining. These engineers are frequently employed by major companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Golder Associates.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for mineral and mining engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

5 in the world for mineral and mining engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Drill and blast engineer
  • Underground production engineer
  • Mining engineer

Job spotlight

Geotechnical Engineer

$82K–$238K

(Late career salary)

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Mid-career salary

Mining Engineer

$100–$153K

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Resource Estimation
  • Explosives and Blasting Engineering
  • Structural Geology
  • Resource Geology and Mine Surveying

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