Bachelor of Mineral Sciences in Mining Engineering

Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that involves the practice, the theory, the science, the technology, and application of extracting and processing of minerals from their natural environments. Mining engineering is a multi-disciplinary profession involving geology, mineral processing & metallurgy electrical, mechanical, civil, geotechnical engineering, and surveying among others.


Second Year

  • MAT  2110  Engineering Mathematics I
  • CEE  2219  Statics and Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
  • EEE  2019  Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • MEC 2009  Engineering Drawing I
  • MIN  2019  Introduction to Mining
  • ENG 2139  Introduction to information Technology
  • MEC 2309  Properties of Engineering Materials
  • GGY 2001  Introduction to Geology

Third Year

  • MAT 3110  Engineering Mathematics II
  • GEE 4812  Principles of Geomatics
  • CEE 3311  Fluid Mechanics I
  • MEC 3401 Thermodynamics I
  • MIN  3029  Basic Rock Mechanics
  • MIN  3019  Gemology
  • MIN  3059  Introduction to Mineral Economics
  • MEC 3102  Production Technology, Electricity & Electronics 
  • MIN  3145  Mineral Processing for Mining Engineers

Fourth Year

  • MIN 4014 Industrial Training
  • MIN 4015 Drilling and Blasting
  • MN  4025 Geo-statistics
  • MIN 4035 Operations Research
  • MIN 4045 Underground Mining
  • MIN 4095 Surface Mining
  • MIN 4065 Investment Analysis
  • MIN 4075 Materials Handling
  • MIN 4085 Mine Ventilation

Fifth Year

  • MIN 5019  Geotechnical Engineering
  • MIN 5014  Project
  • MIN 5029  Coal Mining Methods 
  • MIN 5049  Application of Software in Mining 
  • MIN 5059  Mine Management
  • MIN 5069  Safety, Health and Environment 
  • MIN 5079  Rock Mechanics
  • MIN 5089  Mine Planning and Design


  • MI 519 Mine instrumentation
  • MI 531 Oil and gas recovery techniques
  • MI 555 hydraulic Mining

Applicants with school-leaving qualifications shall normally be initially admitted to first year studies in the School of Natural Sciences. They must satisfy the first year requirements of that School before they are admitted to the School of Mines.

Applicants from the University of Zambia or another university or an institution of higher learning recognised by the Senate for this purpose may be admitted to courses of study for the degree of Bachelor of Mineral Sciences, and the Senate, is prepared to consider applications for exemptions from particular courses in respect of such applicants where, in the opinion of the Senate, the applicant in addition to the minimum requirements, holds other qualifications that represent a standard of attainment justifying exemptions from the course for which exemption is sought.

Students with technical qualifications (at diploma level) seeking exemption from the first year courses, may be considered by the School of Mines for admission to the second year in Geology, Mining, and Metallurgy and Mineral Processing under the following conditions:

  1. An applicant should have good ’0′ level grades in Mathematics and an  acceptable Science subject.
  2. An applicant with at least two years industrial experience shall be admitted to the School if he/she obtained an average of C+ in the courses that are equivalent to those ear marked for exemption at the University of Zambia.
  3. An applicant not meeting the requirement in (1) shall be admitted to the  School if he/she obtained an average of B in the courses that are equivalent  to those earmarked for exemption at the University of Zambia.
  4. All applications for exemptions must be lodged with the Registrar (with  supporting evidence) at the time of application for admission.
  5. The maximum number of exemptions which can be granted is the equivalent of sixteen courses i.e., no more than two years can be exempted in a five¬year programme in the School of Mines.

The equivalent courses from a diploma programme at the Copperbelt University are shown in the tables for    the departments of Geology, Mining, and Metallurgy and Mineral Processing together with the courses earmarked for exemption at the University of Zambia. However, diploma holders in these programmes other than those from the Copperbelt University will be subjected to similar selection procedure.

Tuition Fees

Year of Study       Amount                              Period
1st Year      K28,980.00           Per Year
2nd Year      K26,345.00           Per Year
3rd Year      K23,950.00           Per Year
4th Year      K21,774.00           Per Year
5th Year      K19,795.00           Per Year

Foreign Students

Year of Study     Amount                  Period
All Years     K57,173.00     Per Year   

Non Tuition Fees*

Type of Fees Amount Period
Registration K40.00         Per Year
Examination K50.00         Per Course
Recreation K150.00         Per Year
Medical K200.00         Per Year
Caution Fee K182.50         Paid by 1st Years only once at entry (non-refundable)
Internet Connectivity K194.00         Per Year
Graduation Fee K100.00         Per Year
Record Card Fee K50.00         Paid by 1st Years only once at entry
Maintenance and Rehabilitation K165.00         Per Year
Student Union Fee K45.00         Per Year
Academic Fee K10.00         Per Year
Library K100.00         Per Year

*All Students (Except Distance Education Students)

Here is how to apply for the course.