MSc Mining Geology


This programme is taught at the Penryn Campus near Falmouth.

Programme overview

This full time 12 month intensive programme is designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry. It is suitable for those who already have an honours degree in geology, mining/minerals engineering or a related subject.

You will attain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a geoscientist working in the mining industry. New skills include underground geological and geotechnical mapping, surveying, mineral exploration, ore microscopy, ore deposit modelling and mine planning. In-depth coverage of mineral resource estimation and grade control, mineral extraction and management, mining law and the environmental impact of mining, enable skills in quantifying the economic value of an ore body and assessing its potential for exploitation to be attained. There is emphasis on acquiring knowledge of the geological characteristics and genesis, methods of exploration, extraction and processing techniques of the major types of metalliferous ore deposit, bulk commodities and industrial minerals.

Taught modules are presented over two semesters and individual projects are undertaken throughout the summer vacation, often as industrial placements with a mining/exploration company. Recent projects have been carried out in all major mining countries on six continents, including Australia, Tanzania, Mongolia, Chile as well as in the UK.



This MSc provides excellent training, with a strong practical component, for graduates and students with some experience wishing to pursue a career in the minerals industry.

Dr Charlie Moon
Programme Leader

The Welcome Week that is organised for new students really helped me settle in and meet new people. There are people from many different nationalities at Cornwall, with students from Britain, Ghana, Sierra Leone, China, Brunei, Thailand, Botswana and Canada to name but a few.  I am originally from Nigeria and I came here because I wanted to continue my studies and ultimately become a better geologist. So far my degree has definitely lived up to my expectations. The lecturers are really friendly and accessible which makes being a student here great, and will ultimately help me in my aspirations to become a mining geologist after I graduate.

Ronald Adaje Audu

MSc Mining Geology

When finishing my undergraduate geology degree I decided to look at Masters courses that would guide me into a relevant career. I was fortunate to be offered a place on CSM’s MSc Mining Geology course and moved to Cornwall where the lifestyle was particularly to my liking. I was amazed at the sense of community among CSM students and the history and traditions that are a major part of the student culture.

The course allowed for plenty of time in the field, be that in Cornwall or Australia, which was great. Even in lectures there was a sense that I was learning these things to actually use in a year’s time when I entered industry

James McFarlane
MSc Mining Geology graduate