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Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy

Course Description

Postgraduate Diploma

Course Overview

This course provides specialized training in the core disciplines of earth science, process mineralogy, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy for a career in the mining, minerals and resources industries.

The course consists of seven units: six core fully-online units and one laboratory-based practical unit requiring on-campus attendance. Students should complete the six online units before attempting the practical component. The practical component consolidates the theoretical material covered in preceding units.

Job Outcomes

Graduates may work within the minerals industry as:

  • Metallurgists
  • On mine sites in metal recovery and concentration operations
  • In metal refineries
  • Smelters
  • Foundries
  • In research and technology development

What you'll learn

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy will have:

  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
  • cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  • specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
  • communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
  • communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

The course is designed in a way that the postgraduate students, irrespective of their previous degrees in science or engineering, can learn aspects of geology, earth science and mineralogy in relation to the formation, occurrence and identification mineral resources, an introduction to the physical and chemical treatment of various naturally occurring ores and the physico-chemical aspects to separate impurities and produce pure metals and value added commodities using mineral processing, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical unit operations which contribute to an overall process flowsheet of metal production.


Entry requirements


A recognised Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent.

Applicants without university level chemistry, mathematics, physics or thermodynamics should contact the Academic Chair.

Work experience

No specific experience is required, although experience in the mining industry is an advantage.

English language requirements

International students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL 550.

About Open Universities Australia

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