Extractive Metallurgy

Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy (GradDipExtMet)

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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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  • Selection Rank

  • Course Code

    • G1034
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

    • 039524F
  • Course Code

    • G1034
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

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’ll 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.

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

  • The 2019 Good Universities Guide has ranked Murdoch first in Australia for teaching quality and overall experience for engineering and first in Western Australia for graduate salary, learning resources, student support and full-time employment for engineering.
  • Study on your own terms with flexible full or part-time study.
  • Make use of our $10.1 million Bayer Industrial Pilot Plant – a full-scale engineering plant, the only one of its kind in WA.
  • Learn from industry experts who have research expertise in mineral processing, metallurgical processing, hydrometallurgy and mineralogy.
  • Take advantage of our scholarships, such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • advanced mineral processing
  • practical metallurgical processing
  • extractive metallurgy techniques
  • hydrometallurgical processes
  • process mineralogy.

Your 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.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus or external*
      (*compulsory 5 weeks on campus)
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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Special Requirements

This course is best suited for part-time students or overseas students who wish to study for a higher degree in extractive metallurgy. Attendance at on-campus laboratory sessions is a requirement in the practicum unit.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Sorry, this course does not accept admissions for commencement in Semester 2. Please consider starting your studies in Semester 1 of the following year.

 

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Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae