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WITS Mining - Postgraduate Programme

The School of Mining Engineering has, in conjunction with the South African mining industry, developed a comprehensive programme of postgraduate courses designed to cater for the needs of graduates.



WITS Mining - Postgraduate Programme
Courses include technical subjects for specialist skills in mining, mineral resource management and evaluation, and rock engineering, as well as management skills in evaluation techniques and fundamental mineral economic principles. Please download our 2019 PG Brochure  for further information.

Postgraduate degrees offered
The School offers the following postgraduate qualifications:


  • Master of Science in Engineering -- MSc(Eng) by research only
  • Master of Science in Engineering -- MSc(Eng) by advanced coursework and a project


  • The Ph.D involves submission of a research thesis.

Postgraduate courses
The course contents and selection of courses in the annual timetable reflect the School's commitment to serve the mining industry's changing executive manpower needs. The courses are each presented as block release modules involving one or two weeks of full time lectures and a project. This format enables candidates resident at remote mines to participate in our postgraduate programme.

Postgraduate Handbook
We hope that you will find this handbook helpful. It contains information about the postgraduate degrees and diploma offered by the Faculty together with application and registration procedures and details of approved courses for postgraduate study. Click here to download the latest 2019 PG Handbook .

Short Course

Students who do not have a background in mining but intend to pursue a postgraduate degree at the School of Mining would have to register and attend the Introduction to Mining Engineering course, which will occur from the  1st of July 2019 to the 12th of July 2019 (FULLY BOOKED FOR 2019). Further information can be obtained from the following link: Course Flier Intro July 2019 . You can also download the application form Introduction to Mining Application or contact for further information.

The Explosives Engineering for Surface and Underground Mines course has 5 CPD points, here is the CPD Accreditation confirmation CPD Accreditation. This course has been developed by the School of Mining Engineering to provide the participants with knowledge of explosives engineering applicable to the mining industry. This course will occur between 25 – 29 March 2019 . Further information can be obtained from the following link Course Flier 2019. You can also download the Application Form or contact for further information.




*** See important notes at the end of the timetable

TBA: To Be Announced – No dates set as yet


Lecturer Course Number Course Name Course Dates Exam Dates  Assignment Date
M. Mochubele MINN7000A Principles of Ventilation 24 June - 28 June 15 - July 26 - July
C. Dohm MINN7006A Geostatistical Methods in Mineral Evaluation 03 June - 14 June 28- June 12 - July
C. Dohm MINN7007A Statistical Valuation of Ore Reserves 11 February -22 February 08 - Mar 22 - March
E. Uludag MINN7009A Trackless Mechanised Mining 15 July - 19 July 02 -Aug 16 - August
R. Mitra/ B. Watson MINN7010A Advanced Mechanics of Solids 03 June - 07 June 21 June 05 - July
R. Masethe MINN7012A Study and Control of Mining Induced Seismicity 26 August - 30 August 13 - Sep 27 - Sep
RCA. Minnitt MINN7014A Minerals Economics 01 July - 05 July 19 - July 02 - August 
H. Mtegha MINN7015A Mineral Policy and Investment 20 May - 31 May 14 - Jun 28 - June 
H. Mtegha MINN7016A Beneficiation Economics 25 March - 29 March 12 - April 26 - April 
TR. Stacey/B. Watson MINN7022A Mechanics and Design of Major Rock Slopes 11 March - 15 March  29 - March 12 - April
P. Ledwaba MINN7025A Mining and the Environment 02 September - 06 September 20 - Sep 04 - Oct
TR. Stacey/B. Watson MINN7036A Rock Mass Classification in Rock Engineering 19 August -  23 August 06 - Sep 20 - Sep
RCA. Minnitt MINN7038A Minerals Marketing 26 August - 30 August 13 - Sep 27 - Sep
C. Dohm MINN7043A Practical Implementation of Geostatistical Ore Evaluation Techniques 22 July -  26 July PRESENTATION: 19 August - 23 August 
C. Birch MINN7050A Mineral Resource Management 12 August - 23 August 06 - September 20 - September
RCA. Minnitt MINN7054A Theoretical Simulation Techniques 07 October - 11 October 25 - October 08-November
L. Zindi MINN7065A Strategic Planning in Mining 11 March - 15 March 29 - March 12 - April
H. Thomas/R. Mitra MINN7074A Slope Stability Monitoring 30 September - 04 October 18 - October 01 - November
E. Uludag MINN7083A Rock Cutting Technology 16 September- 20 September 04 - October 18 - October
B. Genc MINN7091A Planning and Optimisation of Surface Mines 12 August - 16 August 02-Sep 13-Sep
B. Genc MINN7089A Mine Planning Principles 10 June - 14 June 28 - June 12 - July 
C. Birch MINN7092A Mine Financial Valuation 28 January - 8 February 22 - February 08 - March 
T. Tholana MINN7093A Applied Operations Research in Mineral Resource Management 06 May - 17 May 31 - May 14 - June 
R. Mitra MINN7094A Research Methodology for Mining Engineering (10 Credits Only) 04 February - 8 February N/A 18 - March 


Courses are subject to cancellation or date changes. Students are advised to confirm the dates at least 3 weeks beforehand.

Students must ensure that the School has your contact details and of any changes thereof during the year. Please check via “Technical Enquiries” ( or the relevant Schools in the University).

NB: Prerequisite/Important Notes:

MINN7043A: Prerequisites: MINN7007A, MINN7006A or equivalent

(NB: MINN7043A Projects/Presentations to be arranged with Presenter)

(NB: MINN7007A, MINN7006A and MINN7043A must be done sequentially)

MINN7054: Prerequisites: MINN7007A and MINN7006A

MINN7089: Prerequisites: MINN7092A

  • Please ensure that you bring a laptop or tablet to all lectures (WIFI done at Wits ICT)


All correspondence and enquiries relating to Postgraduate candidature programme should be addressed to:

Thobile Sedumedi
Tel: 011 717 77408
Postgraduate Admin Officer
School of Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag 3


#08 March 2019