Bachelor of Mine Surveying


Program Description

The purpose of the Bachelor of Mine Surveying degree is to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities, and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Mine Surveyor (technologist).

Specifically, the qualification provides graduates with:

  • Preparation for careers in mining engineering itself and areas that potentially benefit from engineering skills, for achieving technological proficiency and to make a contribution to the economy and national development;
  • The educational base required to undertake PLATO stage 2 qualifications that will allow them to practice as registered professional Mine Surveyors
  • For graduates with an appropriate level of achievement, the ability to enter NQF level 8 programs and then proceed to a Master’s degree.
  • For Certificated Mine Surveyors, the education base for achieving proficiency in mine surveyors and occupational health and safety.


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Systematically diagnose and solve broadly-defined mining engineering and Mine Surveying problems by applying engineering and surveying principles;
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, and engineering sciences to defined and applied engineering procedures, processes, systems and methodologies to solve broadly-defined mining engineering and surveying problems;
  • Perform procedural and non-procedural design of broadly defined components, systems, works, products or processes to meet desired needs normally within applicable standards, codes of practice and legislation in mining engineering;
  • Conduct investigations of broadly-defined problems; locate, search and select relevant data from codes, databases, and literature, design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret results to provide valid conclusions;
  • Use appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering tools, including information technology, prediction, and modeling, for the solution of broadly defined mining engineering problems with an understanding of the limitations, restrictions, premises, assumptions and constraints;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering audiences and the affected parties.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact of mining engineering activity on the society, economy, industrial and physical environment, and address issues by analysis and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mining engineering management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team and to manage projects
  • Comprehend and apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms of Mine Surveyors.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum APS: 23
  • English: 5 (60%+)
  • Mathematics: 5 (60%+)
  • Physical Sciences: 5 (60%+)

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Career Opp​ortunities

Mine Surveyors are employed within the field of mining science and technology, with a key focus on measurements, calculations, and mapping for all stages of the mining process.

  • Assistant Quantity Surveyor
  • Auctioneer
  • Cartographer
  • Development Surveyor
  • Domestic Energy Assessor
  • Estate Agent
  • Estate Manager
  • Estimator
  • Homelessness Prevention Officer
  • Housing Assistant
  • Housing Officer
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Land Surveyor
  • Mining Surveyor
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Rural Surveyor
  • Sales Negotiator
  • Survey Analyst
  • Surveyor
  • Technical Surveyor
  • Town Planner
  • Town Planning Support Staff
  • Transport Modeller
  • Valuer
Last updated May 2020

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less