School of Science and Engineering

Natural Resources Engineering & Management

BSc in Mineral Resources Engineering


The programme BSc in Mineral Resources Engineering is designed to produce a new generation of Mineral Resources Engineers and make them able to manage their natural resources in the best possible way. The specific aims of the programme are to:


  • Equip students with a range of theories, concepts, skills (including fieldwork skills) and techniques of information acquisition, analysis, synthesis and communication appropriate to the study of Mineral Resources.
  • Foster the intellectual development of students and to promote the awareness of conceptual and theoretical perspectives on the subject.
  • Prepare students to meet the demand of employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors for specialist knowledge as well as transferable skills in Mineral Deposits.
  • Develop students as independent learners. Possible occupations: Mineral Resources Engineers have opportunities to work in mineral industry, mining industry, consultancies, academics institutions and research organizations in public and private sector.


The bachelor in Mineral Engineering consists of 35 taught modules (23 worth 15 credits and 12 worth 10 credits) and a 30 credit individual research dissertation. Normally, students study 5 modules in the first four semesters, 4 in 5th and 6th semesters and 3 in each 7th and 8th semesters along with project. However, varying rates of study can be arranged.

Semesters are 15 week blocks and there is an equivalent of 3 hours of classes per week for each 15 credit course and 2 hours class for 10 credits course per week. Students obtaining 480 credits will be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Resources Engineering. The final stage is a dissertation and students may not formally commence this until they have completed the entire taught stage.


Main modules offered in this programme are as: Geophysics, Structural Geology, Geomorphology, Igneous rocks and Metamorphic Petrology, Thermodynamics, Mineral Deposits, Geochemistry, Sedimentary Rock Petrology, Field Mapping, Mineral Exploration, Research Methods and Group Project, Mining Engineering, Ore Genesis, Basin Analysis, Individual Project, Mineral Processing Engineering, Industrial Minerals, Volcanology, Individual Project.

Skills Development

After completion of this programme, graduates will be able to fully understand geological processes that are governing mineral deposition and exploration; Have a sound understanding of factors governing the transport and deposition of different metallic and non-metallic minerals by hydro thermal fluids and other geological processes in addition to knowledge about the deposition environment, mineralogy, chemistry, and geological setting of important types of ore deposits. 

Furthermore, students will be capable to integrate ideas, concepts and information from all geological and related fields to develop and implement exploration programmes for mineral deposits. 


 This programme is focused on applied or engineering research. Students are highly encouraged to actively participate in research activities such as choosing from a relevant topic, problem formulation, literature search, data collection methods, writing a research proposal to data analysis and presenting their research findings in local and international conferences and journals.


In the programme, Bachelor of Science in Mineral Resources Engineering, the student's performance in each module is assessed in various ways (Quizzes, Individual and Group Assignments, Presentations, Exams) throughout the course of each semester. This continuous assessment encourages students to maintain a useful level of effort throughout the semester, rather than leaving private study till just before the final exam.


There is a formal requirement to submit a written thesis and possibly give an oral presentation of their work. Electronic versions of the thesis and presentation slides (if used) are also submitted. Each student is supervised by an approved supervisor from the department. The student should have regular contact with their supervisor through bi-weekly progress reports.  These reports would be submitted by email. 

At the beginning of the first semester of final year students are required to submit to the Department a proposal for their research work. When a proposal is approved, a supervisor from among the academic staff is allocated to the student, and the research work begins. Students are required to meet frequently with their supervisors, but the responsibility for progress and the quality of the research work rests with the student. 

Towards the end of the semester, and before a specified deadline, the student is required to submit a report that includes a literature review and an account of the work undertaken during the semester. This report is assessed by the department and the student is required to discuss and defend this report in an oral examination conducted by two members of the academic staff.

Admission Criteria

Admission requirements are:

  1. Secondary school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high school score of 75% and above.
  2. Minimum high school education score of  70% in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
  3. School Entrance Test (Consists of questions from Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics)
  4. Minimum English Language requirement is 45 in PTE, 5.5 in IELTS or 64 in ibt-TOEFL.
  5. Interview 

Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.

Note: For AY 2018-19 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$3,000 USD per academic year.

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