Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Mine Surveying

Qualification code: NDMSR
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62405
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
To produce competent mine surveyors whose responsibilities (simplified) would include taking measurements upon and under the surface of the earth either in a horizontal or vertical plane and showing the results in the form of a map or plan applicable to the relevant mineral deposit to be mined.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ENN103F - English for Academic Purposes
MAT1581 - Mathematics I (Engineering) Recommendation:Students are recommended to register for MAT1581 in the 2nd semester, once they have done the first part of MAT1510
MEP171X - Mineral Exploitation I
MSP101R - Mine Survey Practice I
SMI181Q - Science: Mining I
STA1510 - Basic Statistics

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EMA3601 - Engineering Management III Pre-requisite:EMA2601 & EMA2602
MSG3601 - Mine Survey III Pre-requisite:MSG211Q
MSP352T - Mine Survey Practice III
MVA3601 - Mine Valuation III Pre-requisite:MVA231Q & STA1510
STG381S - Structural Geology III Pre-requisite:MGY291S or MGY2601