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Graduate Diploma of Mining

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.
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
Summer 2023
Summer 2024
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Summer 2023
Summer 2024
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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

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 course 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 course can be tailored to suit your needs.

The course 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 course in minimum time may attend full or half sessions once or twice per year until the required number of courses have been completed.

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

  • Construction engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Mine ventilation officer
  • Planning engineer
  • Sales engineer
  • Consultant
  • Mine manager
  • Mining engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Site manager
  • Engineer
  • Mine safety engineer
  • Open pit mining engineer
  • Researcher
  • Underground mining engineer

The specialised education received in this course 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.

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

ENGIN2501, 15 credit points
ENGIN3502, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN2503, 15 credit points
ENGIN3503, 15 credit points
MATHS1102, 15 credit points
SCGEO1103, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

ENGIN5505, 15 credit points
ENGIN5511, 15 credit points
ENGIN5512, 15 credit points
ENGIN5514, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN5510, 15 credit points
ENGIN5513, 15 credit points
ENGIN5515, 15 credit points

Approximately  40 hours

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Relevant degree or diploma or lesser qualification with significant industrial experience.

English language requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0, orequivalent.

Extra requirements

Applicants must complete and submit Additional Details Form.

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

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: EQ4

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).

Other study costs

Additional cost for excursions and specialised equipment.

Steel cap safety boots and safety glasses - Approximately $60.00

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.

International students: A three or four years bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science, IT or Business.
Domestic students: (we generally look at a case-by-case basis)
A three or four years bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science, IT or Business.
Or Relevant industry experience of +2 years

The Graduate Diploma of Mining course is recognised by AusIMM and 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.

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