Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 5

Course credits

60 credits


Typically 1 year part time


Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

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 £9 billion each year and employs some 70,000 people in a variety of roles (Mineral Products Association, 2012). Jobs exist at many extractions sites across the country, as well as marine wharves, concrete plants and aggregate recycling operations.

If you're already employed in the minerals extractive industry, or have an interest in it, this programme will enable you to gain an internationally recognised academic qualification focused on management and supervisory roles. It reflects UK and EU standards and best practice, and will help you if you're a manager and wish to acquire professional status.

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.

Structure, certificates and assessment

Compulsory modules

You'll study these compulsory modules on the programme:

Mineral Extraction and Transportation (20 credits)

You'll gain an understanding of the social and economic issues associated with the exploration, exploitation and development of a mineral extraction site. You'll look at the different extraction methods, the loading techniques employed and the ways in which minerals can be transported. You'll also associated UK and European health, safety and environmental legislation.

Minerals Management and Processing (40 credits)

This module will further develop your knowledge of a range of UK and European health, safety and environmental issues relevavant to extractives operations, 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

The following modules are optional and can be added to your studies for an additional fee:

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)

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.

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 experience in the mineral industry, as well as positive support from your employer, we will welcome your application.

Fees and funding

Programme fee

Additional module fee

*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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