Postgraduate Course

Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy

Gain specific training in the core disciplines of extractive metallurgy – mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy, as well as process metallurgy relevant to mineralogy, to develop the specialised knowledge required for a career in the minerals industry.

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Murdoch code
G1034
Study mode
Full Time or Part Time
Duration
1
Selection rank
CRICOS code
First year fee (domestic)
$21,480
Full course fee (domestic)
$21,480
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The fees provided are indicative and intended only as a guide. They are based on a typical full-time enrolment for a first year student at Murdoch University of 24 credit points. The indicative fee is based on the applicable Commonwealth Supported Fee.

Overview

This course will benefit you if you are a current professional working in the minerals industry and require specialist knowledge in extractive metallurgy, or if you are looking to prepare for a higher degree in extractive metallurgy (i.e. Masters or PhD). 

You’ll gain an insight into the extraction and refinement processes involved in comminution, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy and learn the fundamental economic and financial considerations that impact the mineral resource sector.

You will understand the unit operations involved in mineral processing and metallurgical process plants, the relevant properties of feed and product minerals and conduct practical work to develop skills in the techniques of mineral identification and analysis, information access and communication. You’ll also conduct hands-on learning through working in laboratories with industry relevant mineral processing equipment.

3 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy at Murdoch

  1. Fit study around your work commitments by choosing to study on-campus, online, full-time or part-time with this highly flexible degree format.
  2. Make use of our $10.1 million Bayer Industrial Pilot Plant – a full-scale engineering plant, the only one of its kind in WA.
  3. Learn from industry experts who have research expertise in mineral processing, metallurgical processing, hydrometallurgy and mineralogy.

What you'll learn 

  • Advanced mineral processing
  • Practical metallurgical processing
  • Extractive metallurgy techniques
  • Hydrometallurgical processes
  • Process mineralogy

Your future career

Many students taking this qualification will already be employed in the minerals industry as engineers or chemists. Other graduates can expect to find employment in:

  • Mining and mineral processing operations
  • Metal extraction plants and refineries
  • Engineering design and consulting firms
  • Metallurgical process research and development companies
  • Government bodies dealing with aspects relating to the minerals resources sector
  • Legal firms involved in the management of intellectual properties and legislation within the industry

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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Entry requirements

Select which option best describes your path to university :
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
University study

Successful completion of 4 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

Successful completion of 4 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

Enabling courses

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack Flex, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University.
  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High program in Year 12.
  • TLC – Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12.
  • an enabling or bridging course at another Australian University.

 

Successful completion of the course.

Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject
  • MUPC (1 Trimester)
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course
  • Introduction to Academic Communication unit
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
University study

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of 4 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of 4 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).

Enabling courses

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack Flex, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University.
  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High program in Year 12.
  • TLC – Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12.
  • an enabling or bridging course at another Australian University.

 

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of the course.

Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject
  • MUPC (1 Trimester)
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course
  • Introduction to Academic Communication unit
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

CPS 59 or higher.

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

CPS 54 or higher.

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Extenuating circumstances

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Case-by-case assessment.
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

70

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total score of 24 or higher.

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

GCE A Levels

Minimum of 6 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.
Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
VET course studied at school

Successful completion of a Diploma or higher.

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)

Minimum academic requirement

CPS 59 or higher.

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

CPS 54 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

50% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Minimum academic requirement

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

Minimum english requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Extenuating circumstances

Minimum academic requirement

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Minimum english requirement

Case-by-case assessment.
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)

Minimum academic requirement

70

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only)​.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Minimum academic requirement

Total score of 24 or higher.

Minimum english requirement

Higher level (HL): 3 or better.

Standard Level (SL): 4 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

GCE A Levels

Minimum academic requirement

Minimum of 6 points taken from the best 2 or 3 subjects where A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points e.g. A=2.5, B=2 etc.) or higher.

Minimum english requirement

A Levels: D in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.
Overseas Year 12

Minimum academic requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.

Minimum english requirement

Please refer to the information under the country of study.
VET course studied at school

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or higher.

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.

Minimum english requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Certificate IV AQF level 4

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only)

Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5–6

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Minimum english requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Certificate IV AQF level 4

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

Minimum english requirement

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only)

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum english requirement
Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.

​Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Multiple Choice score of 155 (165 if taken prior to May 2010).

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Minimum english requirement

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.

​Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

Multiple Choice score of 155 (165 if taken prior to May 2010).

For the Bachelor of Engineering Technology:

Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Minimum english requirement

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, in a relevant area. Students with alternative satisfactory preparation may also be admitted. Students who do not have equivalent knowledge and background in chemistry, thermodynamics, physics and mathematics will be required to undertake additional preparatory units prior to admission.

English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Other Requirements

Attendance at on-campus laboratory sessions is a requirement in the practicum unit.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai  and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai  and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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Following your successful application, you’ll receive a Letter of Offer which will contain specific course and fee information.

If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Postgraduate programs are full fee paying, unless indicated otherwise in your Letter of Offer.

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Make the most of your university experience by reducing the financial costs with a scholarship. Our International Welcome Scholarship offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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All fees are indicative and are provided as a guide only. The actual fees will depend on the individual units you enrol in. You should refer to your Letter of Offer for specific course and fee related information.

The first-year indicative fee is based on a typical full-time enrolment at Murdoch University of 24 credit points.

For domestic students, including Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, the indicative fee is based on the applicable Commonwealth Supported fee.

Indicative fees for international students are based on applicable full fee paying rates.

The estimated, indicative fee covers tuition fees only, and certain additional fees and charges may apply, depending on the course and units you choose. It also does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries for which you may be eligible.

The estimated, indicative fee assumes no fee increases or indexation. Over time, fee increases or indexation may occur and will affect the estimate. If you are a full fee paying student, this may occur at the start of your second and each subsequent year of study. In the case of Commonwealth Supported students, this will occur for each new calendar year in line with Government policy.

All fee estimates are provided in Australian dollars.