WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,834 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

As a profession, mining engineering encompasses a broad spectrum of engineering work—from mine evaluation to industrial control. For instance, mining engineers may undertake the assessment of a new mining project as soon as the geological confirmation of a newly discovered mineral deposit has been completed. If such a mineral deposit is found to be viable, mining engineers will design the mine to exploit the mineral deposit. Where the mineral deposit is close to the surface, an opencast mine is preferred, but for deeper deposits, an underground mine will be planned. Mining engineers will coordinate the construction of such a mine and bring it to the stage where it starts producing.

A typical mine has a lifespan of 15 to perhaps 100 years. The design of the mining excavations, with their equipment and services, the planning of all the activities and the management of the operation at all levels is the responsibility of the mining engineer. This professional will also provide expert advice on rock breaking, blasting, materials transport systems, mine planning and scheduling, mechanical tunnel development, mine climate control, rock mechanics, support of excavations, devising mining methods, as well as the design and development of equipment.


Year 1

Fundamental modules

  • UPO 112
    Academic orientation 112
    Credits: 0.00

Core modules

  • CHM 171
    General chemistry 171
    Credits: 16.00
  • EBN 122
    Electricity and Electronics 122
    Credits: 16.00
  • FSK 176
    Physics 176
    Credits: 16.00
  • HAS 110
    Humanities and social sciences 110
    Credits: 8.00
  • HAS 120
    Humanities and social sciences 120
    Credits: 8.00
  • MGC 110
    Graphical communication 110
    Credits: 16.00
  • NMC 113
    Materials science 113
    Credits: 16.00
  • PMY 121
    Introduction to mining 121
    Credits: 8.00
  • PWP 121
    Workshop practice 121
    Credits: 8.00
  • SWK 122
    Mechanics 122
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 158
    Calculus 158
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 164
    Mathematics 164
    Credits: 16.00

Year 2

Core modules

  • BES 220
    Engineering statistics 220
    Credits: 8.00
  • JCP 203
    Community-based project 203
    Credits: 8.00
  • MPR 213
    Programming and information technology 213
    Credits: 16.00
  • MSD 210
    Dynamics 210
    Credits: 16.00
  • MTX 221
    Thermodynamics 221
    Credits: 16.00
  • PJJ 210
    Professional and technical communication 210
    Credits: 8.00
  • PMY 220
    Mining technology 220
    Credits: 8.00
  • PPY 220
    Experiential training 220
    Credits: 16.00
  • SUR 220
    Surveying 220
    Credits: 14.00
  • SWK 210
    Strength of materials 210
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 238
    Mathematics 238
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 256
    Differential equations 256
    Credits: 8.00
  • WTW 258
    Calculus 258
    Credits: 8.00
  • WTW 263
    Numerical methods 263
    Credits: 8.00

Year 3

Core modules

  • BSS 310
    Engineering management 310
    Credits: 8.00
  • GLY 256
    Geology for engineering 256
    Credits: 16.00
  • MIA 320
    Engineering activity and group work 320
    Credits: 8.00
  • MTV 310
    Fluid mechanics 310
    Credits: 16.00
  • NMP 310
    Minerals processing 310
    Credits: 16.00
  • PEE 321
    Basic mine ventilation engineering 321
    Credits: 8.00
  • PMY 311
    Surface mining 311
    Credits: 16.00
  • PMY 320
    Mining 320
    Credits: 16.00
  • PNB 300
    Industrial excursions 300
    Credits: 8.00
  • PPY 320
    Experiential training 320
    Credits: 16.00
  • PRX 321
    Rock breaking 321
    Credits: 16.00
  • PSC 321
    Introduction to project 321
    Credits: 8.00
  • PSZ 310
    Strata control 310
    Credits: 16.00

Year 4

Core modules

  • GLY 352
    Geodynamics and ore formation 352
    Credits: 18.00
  • IPI 410
    Engineering professionalism 410
    Credits: 8.00
  • PEE 410
    Mine ventilation engineering 410
    Credits: 8.00
  • PMW 410
    Mine evaluation 410
    Credits: 16.00
  • PMY 410
    Mining 410
    Credits: 16.00
  • PMY 423
    Mine operational risk management 423
    Credits: 8.00
  • PMZ 422
    Mine design and research 422
    Credits: 32.00
  • PSC 411
    Project 411
    Credits: 16.00
  • PSZ 410
    Rock engineering 410
    Credits: 16.00
Admission Requirements


English Home Language
AS Level – C

AS Level – B

Physical Sciences
AS Level – B

Cambridge A Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission. Students in the Cambridge system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences.

International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
Students in the IB system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email

The registration guidelines show you step by step how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email us at

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September

Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August

Career Opportunities

In addition to operational management, mining engineers are often involved in the planning and execution of research and development work. In order to maintain the proud position of the South African mining industry as a world leader, it is necessary to accept the challenges of technological development through extensive research and development programmes.
Mining engineers fulfil the role of expert consulting engineers in various mining groups, as well as in private practice. Universities, government departments and financial institutions also employ mining engineers.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,834
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,668

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:

Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:

to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

Miss Jenny van Rooyen
Undergraduate applications and admissions
Miss Samantha Adams
Undergraduate applications and admissions