PhD in Mine Surveying

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: PhD in Mine Surveying
Programme Code: P6MS2Q

Medium of Facilitation: part-time, Full-Time
NQF Level: 10
NQF Credits: 120
SAQA: 96969

Application Start Date: 1 April 2023
Application End Date: 1 March 2024

Campus: Doornfontein

Contacts: UJ Call Centre 011 559-4555

Duration of Study: 2 Years Full-Time and 5 Years Part-Time

Programme Fees


The purpose of the qualification is to develop a Mine Surveyor with advanced abilities in designing and applying appropriate research methodologies to Mine Surveying related problems concerned with ensuring a safe, sustainable, and responsible mining industry.  Mine Surveying is defined by the International Society of Mine Surveying (ISM) as the branch of mining science responsible for all measurements, calculations and mapping to document all stages of the prospecting top exploitation of mineral deposits. These activities include the location and interpretation of the geology of a mineral deposit, the investigation, negotiation and management of mineral properties. The mine surveyor measures, records and develops plans to be used as a basis for the planning, direction and control of mining excavations in safe and economical manner and is responsible to monitor ground movement caused by mining activities (ISM, 2009).

One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct research of an original nature in the field of Mine Surveying processes, technologies, resource modelling, ground monitoring and mineral resource management. The qualification will promote the philosophy of lifelong learning that will provide new knowledge to industry and contribute significantly to the improvement of the current body of knowledge in the field of Mine Surveying and related fields such as spatial positioning and resource management.

Admission Requirements

An approved master’s degree in a Mine Surveying or an equivalent Mining or Mineral Resource management related discipline with substantial relevant industrial experience.

Selection Process

Students are selected on the basis of academic merit, mining industry experience and an approved field of study.

Extended BSc in Life and Environmental Sciences (Zoology and Chemistry)

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