PgCert Mining Life Cycle (Professional)

Duration Part time 1 year
By Blended Learning
  • Mining
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date January 2019


The internationally recognised Camborne School of Mines is offering a brand new Mining Professional Programme, comprising a suite of courses for international mining staff giving an insight into every part of the mining business.

You will start by getting a flexible,  industry-relevant immersion into the mining value chain and this can be followed by more detailed study of Mining Engineering: an integrated postgraduate programme delivered by mining experts and aligned with industry needs.

This is the future of mining education; industry aligned courses, learning while you work, forming interdisciplinary industry wide professional networks and exposure to diverse international mining practices. 

Open to experienced mining industry staff; even without degrees but with appropriate experience, the course opens up the entire mining value chain, from finance, mineral deposit geology and exploration through mining and mineral processing methods to environmental & social impacts and mine closure. 

Course aims 

The overall aim is to equip students with the business knowledge of the entire mining pipeline and the technical knowledge to support career progression in the area of mining operations. Students will gain interdisciplinary mine-site problem solving, and critical industry insight.

The programme is suitable for mining, engineering and geology graduates currently employed in the minerals industry, and other commercial and technical mining staff with suitable experience. The course cohort will ideally comprise those with widely differing roles across the mining industry. The blended learning approach allows these industry staff to undertake accredited educational studies while maintaining their industry work roles.

In addition to gaining the headline qualification, the programme will also deliver the following unique benefits:

  • The course is particularly designed for those currently working in industry
  • Establishing networks with industry professionals and across specialisms
  • Opportunity to view world class mines during the mine study tour
  • A value chain view of the mining industry
  • Industry focused using real world case studies and examples
  • Involves both technical and professional skills development

Diverse course delivery methods and assessment types are utilized to develop well-rounded Mining Professionals with broad industry knowledge.

Programme structure

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.

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


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

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.

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.


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 -

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 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. 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

  • All students: £8,660 part-time

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


Ms. Aveen Hameed


Enquire online


Professor Kip Jeffrey +44 (0)1326 259442


Professor Kip Jeffrey

First Quantum Professor of Mining Education
Camborne School of Mines
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9EZ

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