Minerals and Waste Management

Specialists in this area advise on mineral extraction or waste management operations. Built environment knowledge, skills and experience are used to engage with landowners, the public and other built environment professionals.

Practice Area Minerals and Waste Management
What skills are required?
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with clients and other professionals.
  • Negotiation and consultation
  • Report writing
  • Commercial awareness
  • Client focused
  • Project management
  • Problem solving
  • Technical skills and mind set
What qualifications are required?

Employers usually require a relevant degree from areas such as civil or mining engineering, earth sciences, economics, geography, geology or surveying.

This could be a RICS accredited degree, or if you have a non-cognate degree, you could undertake a RICS accredited postgraduate degree working towards MRICS status.

Apprenticeship degrees in the sector may also be available.

What is it like in practice?

Surveyors in this area use their land and property skills at all stages of a project, from planning to re-use. They will apply their skills, using knowledge of mining, minerals and waste management.

Self-employment and freelance work are possible but not widespread.

Areas of work include planning, valuations, law, economics, and environmental assessment

Work Environment A combination of office and site work often underground in mines or challenging environments. Your role will include meetings with clients and other professionals. Work can be physically demanding and active.
Employment opportunities

Mining and engineering companies and consultancies both in the UK and abroad where minerals are found.

Graduates with a non-cognate or unrelated degree can study a RICS accredited degree at post graduate level. There are also relevant BSc degree courses available.

Degree apprenticeships in relevant areas may also be available.

More information Visit RICS (opens new window)
Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc Real Estate Management

MSc Real Estate

MBA Construction and Real Estate

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using scientific and technology knowledge of the mining and waste management sectors
  • Creativity and problem solving in all stages of property life cycle

See more skills used by minerals and waste management surveyors:

  • Using a wide range of data such as verbal, written, numerical and perceptual information
  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data
  • Project Management
  • Working with different people (such as clients, colleagues and the general public)