Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Academic

A recognised Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent.

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

Work and Life

Work experience

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

English Proficiency Requirements

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

On campus requirements

Students should enrol in EXM562 Practical Metallurgical Processing towards the end of their study program.

This subject requires attendance at laboratory sessions at the Perth campus of Murdoch University.

Please contact the Academic Chair for detailed information:

Dr Aleks Nikoloski,
Academic Chair of Extractive Metallurgy
Murdoch University

Tel. +61 8 9360 2835

Email. A.Nikoloski@murdoch.edu.au

This degree is no longer being taught through Open Universities Australia.

Students undertaking subjects with the intention of completing the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy can continue to complete their degree via external studies at Murdoch University. 

Each student will be contacted individually, with their progress tracked and suggestions and timeframes as to how they can complete.If you haven't received any communication from Murdoch, please contact the university directly.

Students should ensure that they are enrolled at Murdoch University prior to commencement of Semester 1, 2017 (27/2/2017).

Students should direct enquiries to:

Dr. Aleks Nikoloski
Academic Chair of Extractive Metallurgy
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2835
Email. A.Nikoloski@murdoch.edu.au

KNOWLEDGE

Graduates of a Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy will have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

The degree addresses all core areas of extractive metallurgy- mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and process mineralogy. The degree contents incorporate an in-depth knowledge of the physico-chemical principles required for mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy with the engineering and plant design aspects. Students are required to complete a total of 24 points over a period of 1 year full-time equivalent, which is available in internal, external or mixed-mode of study.

SKILLS

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 degree 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 subject operations which contribute to an overall process flowsheet of metal production.

APPLICATION

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy will demonstrate the application of knowledge
and skills:

  • to make high level, independent judgments in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
  • to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialized technical and/or creative contexts
  • with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters

Students conduct the laboratory or pilot scale subject operations in relations to all the aspects in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy and get hands on experience. The engineering aspects involved in each subject operation including process parameters, fluid mechanics, fluid and slurry transport and metering, mass, energy and heat balance are discussed along with more complex issues in relation to overall flowsheets, modelling and design equations of various mineral processing, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical subject operations in plants, recycling, energy consumption and environmental issues.

The laboratory work and assignments are designed in a way that the students test and improve their understanding in scientific, mathematical, operational, engineering and computing skills, and critically analysing and reporting as well as engaged in team work.

Students also learn how to conduct critical literature reviews and PowerPoint presentations to gain confidence on gathering information, reporting and presentation skills and to update their knowledge on current research and modern practices in extractive metallurgy.

Some students have been successful in obtaining vacation employment during their studies which help them to select a career in minerals industry.

Graduates will have a qualification in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy that is recognised in the mining, minerals and resources industry.

Graduates may work within the minerals industry as metallurgists, on mine sites in metal recovery and concentration operations, in metal refineries, smelters, foundries or in research and technology development and use their specialised knowledge of fundamentals underlying metal extraction and process engineering to control and improve the processes that separate, concentrate and recover minerals and metals from ore bodies.

Any recognition of prior learning to be credited towards the Graduate Diploma must be applied for and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Academic Chair according to Murdoch University policies.

This course is no longer being taught through Open Universities Australia.

Students undertaking units with the intention of completing the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy can continue to complete their degree via external studies at Murdoch University. 

Each student will be contacted individually, with their progress tracked and suggestions and timeframes as to how they can complete.If you haven't received any communication from Murdoch, please contact the university directly.

Students should ensure that they are enrolled at Murdoch University prior to commencement of Semester 1, 2017 (27/2/2017).

Students should direct enquiries to:

Dr. Aleks Nikoloski
Academic Chair of Extractive Metallurgy
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2835
Email. A.Nikoloski@murdoch.edu.au

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy students must complete all seven core subjects (accumulate 24 credit points)

3 Point subjects:

EXM193 Introduction to the Minerals Industry

EXM524 Metallurgical Subject Operations

EXM527 Extractive Metallurgy I

EXM528 Extractive Metallurgy II

EXM565 Mineralogy for Metallurgists

EXM566 Advanced Mineral Processing

6 Point subject:

EXM562 Practical Metallurgical Processing