Bachelor of Science - Mineral Science

Murdoch University

The processes of mineral extraction cover both science and engineering disciplines. In this course you'll be able to select elective units across a range of study areas to broaden your career prospects in the minerals industry. You'll gain practical experience and have the opportunity to work with industry partners and the community on real-world issues. You'll learn from world-class researchers and industry experts to develop a broad range of professional, problem solving and personal skills that are in high demand with employers.

Course Fee:

International: $98,422

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; selection via ATAR; or mature age entry via STAT; or TAFE Certificate IV or higher; English language competency


If you'd like to complete a double major, Mineral Science can be combined with a range of options including Chemistry and Environmental Science, or you can create a double degree with other disciplines such as Law, Business and Management. Successful completion of the first year of Mineral Science will allow you to transfer to a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering or Environmental Engineering

Subjects you can Study:

Mineral science

Study Pathways:

You'll have the opportunity for creative, independent research, by adding a one-year research project to your degree to gain Honours in Mineral Science, which you need to apply for the higher research degrees of Masters or PhD.

Further information:

Students studying externally are required to attend on-campus laboratory sessions for the laboratory-based units and these usually take the form of 3 to 5 day intensive sessions in non-teaching breaks.


When you graduate, you'll be eligible for professional membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. You could pursue a career in mineral processing and metal extraction plants throughout Australia or work overseas in a range of roles including plant and project metallurgist, mill superintendent, operations manager, consultant or researcher.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch 74.55 Yes Online
Murdoch 74.55 Yes Part time 6 years
Murdoch 74.55 Yes Full time 3 years

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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