University Diploma in Cement Studies

Why choose this course?

  • Developed in partnership with industry experts and organisations, it is a globally recognised competence qualification developed specifically for the sector.
  • It provides the ideal platform for your career development.
  • It's a flexible and cost effective way to study which fits around your work commitments.
  • You'll develop the work based skills and knowledge you need to become a successful cement technologist or manager in the cement industry.
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Start date(s): September

Course length: One year, part time.

Programme Level: Level 5

Number of credits: 60 credits

About this course

The minerals sector, which includes quarrying, surface mining, concrete, cement and related manufacturing industries, is vital to the world economy. In the UK it's worth over £9 billion each year and employs some 70,000 people in a variety of roles (Mineral Products Association, 2012). Jobs exist at many concrete manufacturing sites across the country, as well as marine wharves, mineral extraction sites and aggregate recycling operations.

If you're already employed in the cement industry, or have an interest in it, this programme will enable you to gain an internationally recognised academic qualification. It reflects UK and EU standards and best practice, and will help you if you're aiming to become a technologist or operational manager and wish to acquire professional status.

You'll undertake a portfolio of work relates assessment that applies everything you learn to your workplace, so you can make a real impact in your role.

What's covered

You'll study these modules throughout the programme:

University Diploma

Core Modules:

Cement - Raw Materials Processing (20 credits)
This module follows on from Introduction to Cement Technology by reviewing the complex range of activities and processes that are used in relation to the extracted raw materials and other components required in the preparation of the material 'kiln feed'.

Cement - Process Engineering (20 credits)
This module looks at the processes involved in the production of cement manufacturing, with particular focus on the efficient use of fuels in the cost-effective production of cement. It will outline the importance of energy transfer aspects of the process, the range of primary and secondary fuels used in its production and how to optimise the economics of the production process through management of fuels and waste streams.

Cement - Clinker Processing (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of the processes that grind and blend the output from the cement kiln into a cement that can be sold to the customer in bulk or as a packaged product. It covers the range of cement types required by customers, including composite cements with additions such as blast furnace slag and coal fly ash.

Optional Modules:

Business Management (20 credits)
This module develops the business and financial knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the effective management of a mineral extraction site, a road construction site or a related manufacturing facility. This includes an understanding of the human implications of running a successful business. The module also cultivates an appreciation of the importance of achieving the highest standards of performance in health, safety and the environment, especially in the recognition of the importance of people in developing a positive health and a safety culture.

Cement Technology (20 credits)
This module will build on knowledge gained through earlier technical modules, providing a more in-depth study of the cement manufacturing sector itself. It introduces the cement production processes providing an overview of raw materials sourcing, the chemical processes that take place throughout production and the processing and blending of clinker to produce the range of cements required by customers.

How you'll learn

You'll study part time, online, and can choose to attend a number of optional weekend tutorials each year at Derby in the UK. Here you'll work face to face with our specialist academic staff, all of whom have extensive experience within the industry. It's also an opportunity to meet colleagues in your sector - swapping ideas and sharing best practice.

These are not compulsory and will not affect your studying if you don't attend.

Your learning is supplemented through online video and guest lecture presentations. Your programme materials are in an interactive/electronic format and are released to you throughout the year. You'll have full online access to our library and other learning resources.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through a combination of exams (50%) and continuous assessment (50%).

Fees and finance

UK/EU students

  • £2,575

International students

  • £3,165

Optional modules

  • UK/EU students £910
  • International students £1,130

* These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change.

Helping your career

This programme is ideal for current or aspiring technologists and operational managers as it gives you the knowledge you will need to progress your career in the sector. This course will also help you if you are destined for a career in one of the specialist fields such as health, safety and environment management.

Entry requirements

If you have experience in the concrete industry, as well as positive support from your employer, we will welcome your application.

Anything else?

Study tour

You can choose to join a five day study tour of sites relevant to the minerals industry so you can widen your knowledge and experience.

Where will I study?

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Online and optional weekend tutorials at the Enterprise Centre

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University .

Find out more

T: 0800 678 3311