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Postgraduate taught

PgCert Mining Lifecycle (Professional)

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year part time (January start)
Entry year 2020
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Entry requirements

Relevant degree or technical experience

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Mining Engineering

Overview

  • Designed for experienced mining industry staff, you will be immersed in the mining value chain followed by more detailed study of Mining Engineering
  • Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
  • You’ll be equipped with the business knowledge of the entire mining pipeline and the technical knowledge to support career progression in the area of mining operations
  • Delivered by mining experts and aligned with industry needs, you’ll learn part-time while you work, and benefit from industry wide professional networks and exposure to diverse international mining practices
  • Taught via diverse course delivery methods and assessment types so you’ll graduate as a well-rounded mining professionals with broad industry knowledge.
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14th in the world for Mining and Minerals Engineering

QS University World Rankings 2019

Leading research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide

3rd for Materials and Mineral Engineering

The Guardian University League Table 2020

Comprehensive courses with content relating to many varied roles within industry, including design, mechanics, logistics, geotechnics, project management and surveying

Entry requirements

Open to all mining professionals with a relevant degree or with relevant technical experience. Please contact us before making an online application if you do not hold a degree so we can advise on the additional information required.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

 Year one provides a robust understanding of the complete mining life cycle, from exploration and development to extraction and processing methods to waste management and mine closure. Year one of the course is also an excellent programme for new entrants into the mining business as a fast-track career induction.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Year 1 - Mining Life Cycle Postgraduate Certificate

Module 1 - Discovery
(15 credits)

Module 2 - Design
(15 credits)
Module 3 - Recovery
(15 credits)
Module 4 - Impacts
(15 credits)

Unit 1: Introduction to the Mining Value Chain

Unit 2: Introduction to Geology, Rock Properties and Ore Forming Processes

Unit 3: Mineral Exploration

Unit 4: The Mining Business

Unit 5: Mineral Economics

 

Unit 1: Deposit Evaluation and Resource Estimation

Unit 2: Introduction to Mining Methods and Mine Method Selection

Unit 3: Mine Planning

Unit 4: Mine Construction and Pre-production Decision Making

 

Unit 1: Principles of Surface Mining Operations

Unit 2: Principles of Underground Mining Operations

Unit 3: Mineral Processing

Unit 4: Mine Waste Management

Unit 5: Mineral Products

 

Unit 1: Environmental and Social Impacts of Mining

Unit 2: Economic Impacts of Mining (downstream and side stream investment)

Unit 3: Mine Closure and Remediation

Unit 4: Corporate and Social Responsibility and the License to Operate

 

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

£8,660 part time

International fees per year:

£8,660 part time

Teaching and research

Blended learning

The programme is taught by blended learning; online learning resources combined with teaching residentials, laboratory sessions, site visits and a mine tour. You are provided with comprehensive course materials online and supported by university staff who will use a range of online activities to support your learning, and give individual support and feedback on your progress.

Assessments

All modules are assessed by diverse assignments aligned with industry needs and expectations such as management style reports, project group activities and including group and individual presentations. Some assessments will be undertaken at residentials including more formal assessment types. The students will have access to learning support staff who will be available to help, assist and guide them through the material and during residentials.

A research and practice-led culture

You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

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Careers

To develop international mining talent mines need talented individuals to make the right decisions in a dynamic, safety-critical, and technologically advanced working environment.

Our curriculum and teaching methods are aligned to modern mining industry issues and we enjoy close relationships with local, national and international minerals businesses.

The course has been designed to meet the needs of industry staff, mining companies, regulators and professional associations. The teaching approach, technical content and assessments reflect the professional and industry context of the course participants.

The Course Team have extensive experience of developing blended learning and residential courses for international mining, mining equipment and construction materials companies.

Our practical approach engages academics and students with consultancies, multinational miners, and junior explorers to promote advances in geological exploration and sustainable mining.

Bespoke talent development

The CSM Professional can also be delivered as a tailor-made company or sector specific course and can be focused to address particular company issues and objectives. It can also be integrated into a company's training and talent development process. For more information please contact the Course Director, Professor Kip Jeffrey - C.Jeffrey@exeter.ac.uk.

A vehicle for Continuing Professional Development

Elements of the course will also be available in the future as stand-alone CPD activities.

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