The Western Australian School of Mines has been locally and internationally recognised as a provider of excellence in minerals education, research and industry service since 1902. WASM is one of only three national university schools that are endorsed by the Minerals Council of Australia as a preferred national provider of mining engineering education through Mining Education Australia and of Minerals Tertiary Education through the Metallurgical Education Partnership (MEP). The Western Australian School of Mines is a school within Curtin University's Faculty of Science and Engineering. WASM is located on both the Kalgoorlie Campus in the heart of Australia's mining industry and the Bentley (Perth) Campus of Curtin University of Technology.
WASM is comprised of six departments:
The Department of Applied Geology is a major provider of skilled graduates to the minerals, petroleum, groundwater and environmental industries in Australia and overseas, and undertakes high-impact fundamental and applied research across a range of disciplines.
The Department of Exploration Geophysics at Curtin University is the only dedicated higher education facility in Australia to provide a comprehensive range of internationally recognised, specialist geophysics degree level courses ranging from a Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) undergraduate degree to a Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics) research degree. We offer the latest training and techniques in exploration geophysics using current and emerging technologies relating to geophysical data acquisition, instrumentation and advanced software modelling. Our academic staff and postgraduate students are continuously involved in frontier scientific research in this field.
The Western Australian School of Mines is one of the relatively few institutions in the world that offers postgraduate programs in Mineral Economics. Appreciating the business and economic framework in which the resources sector operates requires a suitable knowledge of economic, financial, management, legal, regulatory, political and social environments. Good resource sector managers must combine this with sound technical knowledge of exploration, extraction, and processing. This makes mineral economics a special and exciting field of study. Its interdisciplinary nature means that the overwhelming majority of study in the field takes place at postgraduate level.
Metallurgical and Minerals Engineering
The first and second year of the BEng are available on Curtin University's Bentley campus while the final professional years of study are only available in Kalgoorlie to maximise the educational benefits to students and to provide the most suitable preparation for employment in the industry. Outstanding applicants for admission to the Mining Engineering Program may consider undertaking a double degree.
The professional qualification for a Mining Engineer is the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), which requires four years of successful full time study. The Institution of Engineers, Australia (IEAust) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) accredit this degree. The Mining Engineering degree at Curtin's Western Australian School of Mines is the only program offered in WA that is part of the Minerals Council of Australia's initiative Mining Education Australia. In other words, the program is recognised by the peak mining industry body as being world class (the only other programs in Australia being those at the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales).
The Department of Spatial Sciences is proud to offer a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised teaching and research programs in the spatial sciences including surveying, geographic information science (GIScience), cartography and mine and engineering surveying.
Our students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities through the use of the recently opened Spatial Science Studios as well as flexibility throughout their studies via the availability of online and distance units, which underpin many of the teaching programs.
Department Administrative Officer
Ms. Jennifer Hackney - +61 8 9088 6147 - [email protected]
Head of Mining Engineering
Prof Erkan Topal - +61 8 9088 6156 - [email protected]
Western Australian School of Mines
Locked Bag 30
Kalgoorlie, WA 6433Australia
Phone: +61 8 9088 6182
Fax: +61 8 9088 6151
Email: [email protected]