MSc/PG Cert Minerals Processing (Professional)

Duration Part time 3 years
By Blended Learning
  • Mining
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Residential courses
Start date January 2019


The MSc/PG Cert Minerals Processing (Professional) qualification is part of the suite of mining programmes available at Camborne School of Mines. It is aimed at working professionals looking to gain a deeper understanding of minerals processing and how this fits into the wider mining life cycle.

The programme is designed to give each participant an insight into every part of mineral processing, from discovery, design, and recovery through to reclamation. It will enable you to gain a clearer understanding of the processes in place to ensure we manage mineral development and production in a responsible manner.

The first year comprises a flexible, industry-relevant immersion into mineral processing, which is then followed by more detailed studies in the second and third year.

Professional programmes are the future of mining education: industry aligned courses, learning while you work, forming interdisciplinary industry wide professional networks and exposure to international mineral processing practices.

Open to experienced mining industry staff – even without degrees, but with appropriate experience. The course opens up the entire mineral processing value chain, including finance, principles of extraction, processes and modelling, social impacts and extraction business skills.

This professional programme allows individuals to gain a deeper understanding of the industry whilst remaining in full-time employment – enhancing and expanding their knowledge base and therefore their career pathway.

Programme structure

MSc Minerals Processing consists of two core modules totalling 60 credits, these are Principles of Mineral Extraction and Process Design and Modelling.

Year 1 modules

Year 2 modules

Year 3 modules

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.

Learning and teaching

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.

With Camborne School of Mines' new MSc suites and the mineral processing laboratory, students will have access to exclusive resources to further their experience throughout their 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.


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.

A vehicle for Continuing Professional Development

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

Entry requirements 2020/21

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.

The normal university of Exeter language requirements apply, for details please check Language requirements.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21


  • MSc: £25,950
  • PGCert: £8,660


  • MSc: £25,950
  • PGCert: £8,660


Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of our taught Masters programmes, please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 37 1807

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