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MSc/PgCert Minerals Processing (Professional) - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 3 years part-time (blended learning)
Entry year 2022
Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Mining Engineering

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+44 (0)1326 259442

Programme director:
Professor Kip Jeffrey

Typical offer

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Relevant degree or technical experience

Contextual offers


  • Designed for working professionals looking to gain a deeper understanding of minerals processing and how this fits into the wider mining life cycle
  • Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
  • Your first year will comprise a flexible, industry-relevant immersion into mineral processing, which is then followed by more detailed studies in your second and third year
  • You’ll be given an insight into every part of mineral processing, from discovery, design, and recovery through to reclamation
  • Learning part-time while you work, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of the processes in place to ensure we manage mineral development and production responsibly.

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Programme Director: Professor Kip Jeffrey

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 1326 259442

11th in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering

QS University World Subject Rankings 2022

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 2022

10th in the UK for Geology

The Complete University Guide 2023


This programme is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Entry requirements

Open to all mineral processing 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


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

Course content

 This programme consists of two core modules totalling 60 credits, these are Principles of Mineral Extraction and Process Design and Modelling.

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.


January 2022 entry

UK fees per year:

MSc (three years): £8,700 per year
PgCert (one year): £8,700

International fees per year:

MSc (three years): £8,700 per year
PgCert (one year): £8,700

2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

MSc (three years): £9,000 per year
PgCert (one year): £9,000

International fees per year:

MSc (three years): £9,000 per year
PgCert (one year): £9,000



We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Blended learning

Minerals Processing (Professional) is not offered as a campus-based full-time programme and is only available to in-work professionals and international students who are not able to study the full-time campus-based programme.

In the first year you will gain a wide understanding of every aspect of mineral processing. In the second year, you will gain technical knowledge in mineral processing and expand on existing knowledge. In the final year, you will gain skills in project management and an understanding of the business impact of your specialist technical MSc Project.

During your studies you will make use of online resources and the Electronic Learning Environment (ELE) to access teaching materials and electronic library resources. You will also attend a two-week residential in Cornwall in year 1 and 2, and two residentials in Cornwall in year 3.

You’ll also have access to exclusive resources to further your experience throughout your studies.

The programme will ensure individuals not only develop the practical skills needed when in the field, but the strategic knowledge to develop an ethical understanding of safe mineral extraction.

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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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 has 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.

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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