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WA School of Mines

For more than a century, Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) has been committed to providing some of the world's finest mining and minerals education facilities.

School of Mines

With campuses in Perth and Kalgoorlie, its endeavours are strong industry partnerships, continual investment in high-tech facilities and a commitment to attracting some of the world’s best and brightest students. Curtin University is proud to be home to WASM graduates with a focus on making tomorrow better.

History of the School

The School was established in the Goldfields in 1902 as a result of a recommendation of a Government Committee of Inquiry.

Following the discovery of gold at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, people flocked in their thousands to this part of the State. With the difficulty of treating refractory ores and the prospect of underground mining becoming a reality there was an urgent need for a facility to train and educate people in mining related fields of study.

The School was initially set up at Coolgardie in one of the buildings erected for the International Mining and Industrial Exhibition of 1899.

However, at about the same time, the State Government released sufficient funds to build new premises at Kalgoorlie and consequently staff and students moved to this location in 1903. The original building now houses the School’s Computer Centre, Mining Geology Program and Administration.

The School was administered by the Department of Mines until 1969 when it became a branch of the Western Australian Institute of Technology, which has since become the Curtin University of Technology. Its associateship courses were renamed as degree courses, additional undergraduate courses were introduced, and a range of course and research postgraduate programs have been developed.

About the School

Through their studies in Kalgoorlie, students gain detailed insight into the operation of the mining industry prior to graduation and most develop the independence, self-confidence and people skills necessary for a successful professional career. If you have an interest in science or engineering and wish to embark on an exciting, challenging and financially rewarding career in Australia’s most economically significant industry, then a professional qualification from the Western Australian School of Mines will be the key to your future.

The mining industry and WA Government also provide financial support through academically competitive industry-sponsored scholarships.

The Western Australian School of Mines encompasses the departments of Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (located in Kalgoorlie), Applied Geology, Spatial Sciences and Exploration Geophysics (based in Bentley). Mineral Economics is also an affiliated department with Curtin’s Graduate School of Business where we jointly offer Mineral Economics and Energy Economics graduate coursework programs (located in the CBD).

Kalgoorlie Campus

The Curtin WA School of Mines (WASM) is located at both Curtin’s Bentley Campus and in the dynamic City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields.

WASM Alumni

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The WA School of Mines has a very active WASM Alumni for all graduates who have studied within the School; whether Geology, Spatial Sciences, Exploration Geophysics as well as for Mining and Metallurgical degrees or post grad certificates. The WASM Alumni have a Branch that represents graduates and supports student with career mentoring, work experience, scholarships and networking opportunities at both Bentley and Kalgoorlie Campus. WASM students are eligible for free membership, please visit the website for more information.

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