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2-3 years part time


Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

The minerals sector, which includes surface and deep mining, cement and related manufacturing industries, is vital to the world economy. The minerals sector, which includes quarrying, surface mining, cement and related manufacturing industries, is vital to the world economy. In the UK it's worth over £20 billion each year and employs some 78,000 people in a variety of roles (Mineral Products Association, 2016). Jobs exist at many extraction sites across the country, as well as marine wharves, concrete plants and aggregate recycling operations. Jobs exist at mineral extraction sites, marine facilities, cement plants and aggregate recycling operations.

If you're already employed in the minerals extractives industry, or have an interest in it, this programme will enable you to gain an internationally recognised academic qualification. It reflects international standards and best practice, and will help you if you're aiming to become an 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.

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

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 membership of the Institute and how it will benefit you.

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.

Programme modules

  • Industry Introduction - 20 credits at Level 4

  • Engineering I - 20 credits at Level 4

  • Mathermatics - 20 credits at Level 4
  • Construction Product Tech - 20 credits Level 4
  • Engineering II - 20 credits Level 4
  • Industry Technology - 20 credits Level 4
  • Mineral Extraction and Transportation (International) - 20 Credits Level 5
  • Business Management - 20 credits at Level 5
  • Engineering III - 20 credits at Level 5
  • Minerals Management and Processing (International) -40 credits at Level 5
  • Blasting Operations - 20 credits at Level 5

Structure, certificates and assessment

Certificate of Higher Education stage

Industry Introduction (20 credits)
You'll gain the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the mineral products industry, covering the economics of the industry, its role in modern economies and how it is rooted in the fabric of civilisation. You'll also cover industry topics such as the variety of materials, importance of health and safety, environmental awareness, geology, communications and surveying.

Mathematics (20 credits)
You'll understand mathematical principles and techniques and learn how to apply them to applications in the fields of engineering and mineral extractives technology. You'll apply your own experience and observation to develop a wider understanding of the use of mathematics.

Engineering 1 (20 credits)
You'll cover the principles of mechanical and electrical engineering which are fundamental to the operation of production, processing and mobile plant. You'll develop an understanding of mechanics, as well as the basic theories and concepts of electricity, electrical circuits, measurement and magnetism and induction.

Engineering 2 (20 credits)
You'll continue to explore fundamental engineering concepts in this module. You'll cover the principles and concepts of heat and fuels, corrosion and fixed structures. You'll also continue to explore the use of AC power, electrical power transmission systems and related topics.

Industry Technology (20 credits)
You'll develop your knowledge of the safe and effective operation of mineral extraction and construction sites and the identification of geological hazards. You'll cover the principles of earth moving and earthwork design, the influence geology has over construction sites, surveying techniques and further work in the area of health and safety.

Construction Products Technology (20 credits)
Mineral resources form the basis of many products used in construction. This module develops knowledge about the technology, standards, specifications and other requirements that apply to these products. It includes aspects such as the methods used to sample and test mineral products in a safe manner. In addition, it develops knowledge of the technology and principles of making and using bituminous mixtures, concrete and clay products. The module also provides knowledge of the techniques used to manage product quality so as to satisfy the needs of the customer.

Foundation degree stage

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.

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.

Engineering 3 (20 credits)
This module introduces the principles and concepts around hydraulic systems, mechanical power transmission systems used in plant, the behaviour of gases and their use in compressors, pumps and internal combustion engines. You'll also be introduced to the different types of electrical generators and motors and how they are used in the sector.

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 and continuous assessment.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to all. If you have experience in the mineral industry, as well as positive support from your employer, we will welcome your application.

Fees and funding

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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