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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G1034

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Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

1

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Gain over 450 hours of real-world experience as part of your engineering degree.

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Get hands-on experience

Learn in our Bayer Pilot Plant with a dedicated control room, the only one of its kind in WA.

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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’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.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

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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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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, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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