School discipline areas
Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering
Teaching is focused toward mining and metallurgical processing operations, which encompass the conversion of mineral and chemical resources into metallic, refining and processing to produce high-performance materials for applications from consumer products to automobiles, aerospace and electronics.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, Curtin ranked 2nd in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering.
Chemical engineering involves finding the best sequence of chemical and physical processing operations, and the right operating conditions, to convert raw materials into higher-value products. It covers the development, design and management of processes and equipment for the extraction, conversion and upgrading of materials.
Petroleum engineers decide on the best way to extract oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. They work closely with other professionals to understand the geological and geophysical characteristics of particular reservoirs, before designing, testing and implementing the most effective and profitable extraction method for that site.
Exploration geophysics is an applied branch of earth sciences that utilises physical phenomena to remotely image and characterise the subsurface, with applications in mining, oil and gas, geothermal, groundwater and carbon underground storage industries.
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 assessment, Curtin University ranked above world standard in Geophysics.
Mineral and Energy Economics
Mineral and Energy Economics offers postgraduate courses for energy and resources sector professionals looking to advance their career and originated within the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie, a prominent mining town for over a century.