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Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours)

Become a mining engineer responsible for planning the safest and most cost effective way of removing minerals, protecting both people and the environment.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(480 credit points = 4.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 60.00
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours) will equip you with the necessary communication, technical and problem solving skills required to meet the high demand for graduates in mining engineering in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Throughout the program, you will explore study areas in mineral deposit evaluation and processing, underground production systems, mine power and services, surface mining operations and mine environment and safety, to establish best practice in sustainable and safe mining.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours) is a four-year program, accredited by Engineers Australia – the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.

As an accredited mining engineer you can work in government and private organisations, mining companies and consulting firms to design, install and supervise the use of mining machinery and equipment, inspect the progress of mining operations and work with geologists to investigate and carry out the extraction of ore bodies and mineral deposits.

If you wish to progress to further study, you may consider a Master of Engineering program.

The Federation University Co-operative Model will accelerate your career by putting you at the heart of education and industry. Federation Co-op creates a direct connection between students and employers, via paid placements, career preparation and workplace skill development, supported by a leader in student support, skills development and social equity.  Our industry stakeholders are excited about Federation Co-op as it addresses skill shortages by inviting them to collaborate on our courses, to identify the real skills that our students need to succeed in their chosen industry.

Co-op means you can succeed wherever you start on your study journey.
Federation has the know-how to deliver Co-op through our award-winning relationships with industry, including our 25+ year partnership with IBM, and our extensive research into the co-op model’s success in the USA, Canada and Europe for generations of students.

  •  Work and world ready graduates.  We prepare our students through mandatory career development units, so you will be ready to enter the workforce during your co-operative placements, and through transferable World Ready Skills, so you are workforce ready when you graduate, regardless of your background before going to uni.
  • Real experience in your chosen profession. Every Co-op student completes a minimum of 60 days’ paid placement relevant to their course – contributing directly to course credits – either full time over one semester, part time over an extended period or in blocks embedded into your subjects. Co-op offers flexibility to suit our students’ commitments and course.
  • Co-design, co-develop and co-delivered with industry. We work with employers, industry, students and alumni to co-design, co-develop and co-deliver a comprehensive set of structured, assessed Co-operative Experiential Learning activities.

Hear from our students

“I chose to study at Federation University because of the large practical component in the course. The industry exposure I gained through placement and projects was invaluable, with the wide range of leadership and volunteering opportunities really allowing me to find my passion. The staff at Federation not only teach the required knowledge but they also go above and beyond to help every student gain fulfilling work experience. These combined helped me land my dream job as a mining engineer at Rio Tinto.”

Ryan Marshall
Bachelor of Engineering (Mining)
  • Construction engineer
  • Consultant
  • Engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Mine safety engineer
  • Mine ventilation officer
  • Mining engineer
  • Open pit mining engineer
  • Planning engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Researcher
  • Sales engineer
  • Site manager
  • Underground mining engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Mineral processor

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

ENGIN1003, 15 credit points
ENGIN1004, 15 credit points

Semester 2

COOPC1025, 15 credit points
ENGIN1005, 15 credit points
MATHS1102, 15 credit points
General elective

Year 2

Semester 1

ENGIN2301, 15 credit points
ENGIN2501, 15 credit points
ENGIN2502, 15 credit points
MATHS2016, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN2304, 15 credit points
ENGIN2503, 15 credit points
SCGEO1103, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

ENGIN3204, 15 credit points
ENGIN3501, 15 credit points
ENGIN3502, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN3503, 15 credit points
ENGIN5503, 15 credit points
SCGEO2105, 15 credit points
COOPC Elective (1)

Year 4

Semester 1

ENGIN4001, 30 credit points
ENGIN5505, 15 credit points
SCMET3100, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN4002, 30 credit points
ENGIN5508, 15 credit points
SCMET3200, 15 credit points

16 hours per week

Students will complete 60 days of co-operative industry placement.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.

If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Chemistry, any Information Technology or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special entry access schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Federation Access Studies Program (FAST).

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Federation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510181 (Mt Helen), 3700810181 (On-line Learning), 3701810181 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: EG8

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Candidates seeking alternate entry can consider the following options:

  1. Federation Access Studies (FAST) program, including FASTP1203 Introduction to Technical maths. On successful completion of FAST, including FASTP1203 Introduction to Technical maths, students can apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours) for Semester 1. (The Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours) is unlikely to offer a mid-year intake).
  2. Enrol in single courses such as MATHS1001 Modelling and Change or MATHS1005 Secrets of the Matrix to demonstrate ability to be successful on the program.
  3. Apply for the Diploma of Engineering - Technical (FedUni TAFE, Ballarat) which offers an articulation pathway into Higher Education and a number of credits towards the Diploma of Engineering (Higher Education) or Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours)

This degree is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Additional information for international students

Download our international engineering program brochure (pdf,1.3MB)

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course coordinator

Manoj Khandelwal