Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Mining Engineering

Qualification code: NDMIN
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: L1
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
To produce competent mining engineers whose responsibilities would include the selection and managing of the optimal mining process applicable to the relevant mineral deposit to be mined. A qualified person with sufficient experience will be able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Technician in this field of Engineering.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2023, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

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
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
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
SMI181Q - Science: Mining I
STA1510 - Basic Statistics

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EMA2601 - Engineering Management II (Module A)
EMA2602 - Engineering Management II (Module B)
MBE2601 - Mineral Beneficiation II Pre-requisite:MEP171X
MEN2601 - Mine Engineering II Pre-requisite:SMI181Q
MGY2601 - Mining Geology II Pre-requisite:MEP171X
MIN2601 - Mining II Pre-requisite:MEP171X
SAV2601 - Mine Survey and Valuation II

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EMA3601 - Engineering Management III Pre-requisite:EMA2601 & EMA2602
GMI3601 - Geology: Mining III Pre-requisite:MGY2601 or MGY291S
MIE3601 - Mine Engineering III Pre-requisite:MEN2601
MIN3601 - Mining III
MTS351X - Mining Technical Services III
SAV3601 - Mine Survey and Valuation III