Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 5

Course credits

60 credits

Next course date



1 year part time


Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

This online programme is available worldwide - all you need is access to a PC and the internet.

Developed by the University of Derby in partnership with the Institute of Quarrying, it enables you to develop your practical knowledge in areas including health, safety, the environment, mineral extraction and processing. The programme content reflects international standards and best practice, and you can also choose to study additional modules in Blasting and Business Management which will develop your knowledge further.

About the Institute of Quarrying

The Institute of Quarrying is the international professional body for quarrying, construction materials and the related extractive and processing industries, with 6,000 members in some 50 countries worldwide. Membership is open to individuals, rather than companies, and the Institute's long-term objective is to promote progressive improvements in all aspects of operational performance through the medium of education and training at supervisory and management level.

The Institute, like the University, believes education and training is a life-long opportunity, which should be viewed, in the broadest terms, starting with initial qualifications gained at college, university or through distance-learning programmes followed by continuing professional development through attendance at conferences, seminars, training courses, competence assessment schemes, workshops, technical meetings, and site visits.

Find out more about Institute of Quarrying membership and how it will benefit you.

Study tour

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

Subject modules

  • Mineral Management & Processing (Int) - 5ZZBCJ - 40 credits
  • Mineral Extraction & Transportation (Int) - 5ZZBCH - 20 credits

Optional additional modules:

  • Blasting Operations - 5ZZBCE - 20 credits
  • Business Management - 5ZZBCF - 20 credits


Structure, certificates and assessment

Core modules:

Mineral Extraction and Transportation (International) (20 credits)
You'll gain an understanding of the social and economic issues associated with the exploration, exploitation and development of an international mineral extraction site. You'll look at the different extraction methods, the loading techniques and the ways in which minerals can be transported.

Mineral Management and Processing (International) (40 credits) 
This module builds on the Mineral Extraction and Transportation (International) module, developing further your knowledge of best practice and guidance relevant to extractives operations worldwide.

You'll develop your knowledge of a range of health, safety and environmental issues, particularly in respect of risk control and the prevention of health and safety incidents. You'll also cover the issues associated with sustainable development, reclamation of mineral workings, minerals planning, managing waste and understanding environmental legislation.

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of minerals processing and its application within the industry, including feeding, crushing, screening, washing, separation, classification and beneficiation techniques.

Optional modules:

Blasting Operations (20 credits)
You'll develop a greater understanding of the requirements of blasting so that you are able to carry out your responsibilities in a safe and environmentally conscious manner, without risk of causing injury or damage, and to maximise blasting performance whilst optimising overall operating costs.

Business Management (20 credits)
You'll cover the business and financial knowledge and skills that are required to effectively manage a mineral extraction site, a road construction site or related manufacturing facility. You'll cover general management topics, administration and relevant legal implications. You'll also recognise the requirement for the highest standards in respect of health, safety and environmental management.

The University Diploma is achieved on completion of the Mineral Extraction and Transportation and Minerals Management and Processing modules. The additional modules do not have to be studied to gain this award, but will increase your expertise in the area.

How you'll learn

You'll study online wherever you have access to the internet. You can also choose to attend a number of optional weekend tutorials each year at Derby in the UK. These are not compulsory and will not affect your studying if you don't attend. Your learning is also supplemented through online video and guest lecture presentations.

Your programme materials are supplied in an interactive electronic format and are released in stages 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 and assessment.

Entry requirements

If you have positive support from your employer, or an interest in the industry (consultants, suppliers, supervisors, stakeholder etc) we will welcome your application.

Fees and funding

UK and EU students

International students

*These fees apply if you’re starting this course between September 2018 and August 2019. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

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International Mineral Extractives Studies 0800 678 3311 / 01332 597918

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