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%).