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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Materials Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website for information

  • Last Updated

    13 November 2018

The MSc/PG Cert Minerals Processing (Professional) qualification is part of the suite of mining programmes available at Camborne School of Mines. It is aimed at working professionals looking to gain a deeper understanding of minerals processing and how this fits into the wider mining life cycle.

The programme is designed to give each participant an insight into every part of mineral processing, from discovery, design, and recovery through to reclamation. It will enable you to gain a clearer understanding of the processes in place to ensure we manage mineral development and production in a responsible manner.

The first year comprises a flexible, industry-relevant immersion into mineral processing, which is then followed by more detailed studies in the second and third year.

Professional programmes are the future of mining education: industry aligned courses, learning while you work, forming interdisciplinary industry wide professional networks and exposure to international mineral processing practices.

Open to experienced mining industry staff – even without degrees, but with appropriate experience. The course opens up the entire mineral processing value chain, including finance, principles of extraction, processes and modelling, social impacts and extraction business skills.

This professional programme allows individuals to gain a deeper understanding of the industry whilst remaining in full-time employment – enhancing and expanding their knowledge base and therefore their career pathway.

Programme structure

MSc Minerals Processing consists of two core modules totalling 60 credits, these are Principles of Mineral Extraction and Process Design and Modelling.

Details of modules can be found on the programme website.

Learning and teaching

Minerals Processing (Professional) is not offered as a campus-based full-time programme and is only available to in-work professionals and international students who are not able to study the full-time campus-based programme.

In the first year you will gain a wide understanding of every aspect of mineral processing. In the second year, you will gain technical knowledge in mineral processing and expand on existing knowledge. In the final year, you will gain skills in project management and an understanding of the business impact of your specialist technical MSc Project.

During your studies you will make use of online resources and the Electronic Learning Environment (ELE) to access teaching materials and electronic library resources. You will also attend a two-week residential in Cornwall in year 1 and 2, and two residentials in Cornwall in year 3.

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 ensure individuals not only develop the practical skills needed when in the field, but the strategic knowledge to develop an ethical understanding of safe mineral extraction.


To develop international mining talent

Mines need talented individuals to make the right decisions in a dynamic, safety-critical, and technologically advanced working environment.

Our curriculum and teaching methods are aligned to modern mining industry issues and we enjoy close relationships with local, national and international minerals businesses.

The course has been designed to meet the needs of industry staff, mining companies, regulators and professional associations. The teaching approach, technical content and assessments reflect the professional and industry context of the course participants.

The Course Team have extensive experience of developing blended learning and residential courses for international mining, mining equipment and construction materials companies.

Our practical approach engages academics and students with consultancies, multinational miners, and junior explorers to promote advances in geological exploration and sustainable mining.

A vehicle for Continuing Professional Development

Elements of the course will also be available in the future as stand alone CPD activities.

Visit the MSc/PG Cert Minerals Processing (Professional) page on the University of Exeter website for more details!