Mining Engineering graduates are amongst the highest-earners, acording to new league table.

Exeter Mining Engineering graduates amongst best paid in the country, new study shows

Students from the University of Exeter’s Mining Engineering course are amongst the highest-earning graduates from any UK institution, a new league table has shown.

According to the Sunday Times league table of graduate salaries, the average salary earned by ‘Materials Technology’ graduates entering employment six months after graduation is £41,000.

It places the Exeter graduates in second place in the top 10 for earnings list, based on the most recent figures for 2012-13.

The respected league table suggests that science degrees are increasingly the route to higher earnings, with engineering and medicine amongst those degrees that perform well.

Professor Frances Wall, Associate Professor in Applied Mineralogy at the University of Exeter said: “Mining is the major focus of Materials Technology’ at Exeter. Mining degrees in the UK are only offered by the Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter. 

“Few UK students study mining but practically everything in our everyday lives: housing, transport, computers, communications, energy, food, clothing, relies on minerals extracted from the ground.

 “Mining engineers are in high demand worldwide and Camborne School of Mines has been helping satisfy this demand for more than a hundred years. It has a long-standing international reputation for providing graduates who not only know the theory but can put this into practice and start producing valuable work straight away.

 “This is achieved by practical experience (at its own mine), work placements and lecturers with industry experience and by maintaining strong links with the alumni.”

The Camborne School of Mines, based at the University’s Penryn Campus, has an established international reputation for research and teaching, with a commitment to responsible mining and sustainable development. It is ranked 2nd for Materials and Mineral Engineering in The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Current figures show that 94 per cent of Mining Engineering students are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Date: 7 October 2014

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