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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Materials Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    13 November 2018

The demand for minerals process engineering is continuously growing. In order for us to obtain minerals that are pivotal to society’s progression, without causing damage to our environment, we must manage mineral development and production in a responsible manner. These valuable minerals are used to feed innovation and create products ranging from roads to mobile phones – and as the ‘provider’ of materials for production, mineral process engineers play a vital role in societal progression.

This programme is taught by the internationally established and world-class Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department. Drawing on our research strengths in Mining and Minerals Engineering, this programme prepares you for a career in a variety of multi-disciplinary roles across the sector.

Students learn using industry standard facilities and develop specialist analytical, design and management skills that are relevant to mineral process engineering, while being able to utilise the university’s excellent links both nationally and internationally within the minerals industry.


Example modules may include:

  • Comminution, Physical Separation and Flotation
  • Extractive Metallurgy
  • Economics, Energy and Environment
  • Sampling Theory and Data Analysis
  • Process Mineralogy and Geometallurgy
  • Process Modelling, Design and Optimisation
  • Material handling, Dewatering and Waste Management
  • Project Management
  • Project and Dissertation

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Teaching and assessment

With Camborne School of Mines' new MSc suites and the mineral processing laboratory, students will have access to exclusive resources to further their experience throughout their studies.

The programme will cover fundamental principles and latest innovations in a variety of subject areas, including minerals processing, extractive metallurgy, process mineralogy and geometallurgy. Transferrable and discipline specific studies will hold an equally important role in this programme, ensuring you not only develop the practical skills needed when in the field, but the strategic knowledge to develop an ethical understanding for the safe processing of minerals.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, alongside support and mentorship from graduates who are now placed in the industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field, and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.


Reputational and networking benefits

A unique benefit of studying at Camborne School of Mines is the community and relations you will gain both during, and after your studies. Camborne School of Mines has a world-class reputation and excellent alumni network, allowing our graduates to prosper in their respective fields in all corners of the globe:

Graduate skills and destinations

The MSc in Minerals Processing will qualify graduates with both technical expertise and a solid understanding of the industry and business aspects; as well as additional complementary skills relating to communications, teamwork and problem solving.

CSM graduates have gone on to progress into higher level employment and management within the mining industry. Companies they have gone on to work for vary from Glencore, to Atlas and Vedanta Resources to First Quantum Minerals.

Support and opportunities

The Career Zone (CAS) at our Cornwall Campus provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the university and after you have graduated.

Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A new computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on, for example, sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering.

The CAS can help you to identify attractive jobs, careers paths and employers and assist with your CV, interview technique and identifying work experience placements.

Visit the postgraduate careers pages for more information on support available to you.

Visit the MSc Minerals Processing page on the University of Exeter website for more details!