Professional Course

BSc (Hons) Minerals Management (Top up)

Course details

Course code


Course credits

120 credits

Next course date



2 years part-time


Distance learning, Enterprise Centre

Course description

This qualification is designed specifically for the mineral products industry to prepare its leaders and managers for the future. You'll study subjects including:

You'll undertake a work based project which applies everything you learn to an issue in your workplace, so you can make a real impact in your role.

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.

Subject modules

  • Advanced Extractives Technology - 6ZZBBH - 20 credits
  • Commercial & Financial Management - 6ZZBBI - 20 credits
  • Operational Management - 6ZZBBJ - 20 credits
  • Resource Management - 6ZZBBK - 20 credits
  • Work Based Project Mineral Ext Tech - 6ZZBBL - 40 credits

Structure, certificates and assessment

Over two years you will complete these modules:

Advanced Mineral Products Technology (20 credits) 
You'll gain the knowledge and skills required at an advanced level to apply theory to practice as it relates to the mineral products sector and competently perform technical operations to the standards, ethical and professional responsibilities required by the mineral products industry. Learners will have knowledge sufficient to permit informed, rational decision making in this specialist field of advanced mineral products technology and to implement decisions based on sound knowledge and understanding. It will enable them to work collaboratively with staff, clients, authorities, agencies, and the wider industry and suppliers.

Commercial and Financial Management (20 credits) 
This module provides an understanding of the key commercial and financial management issues for middle and senior managers, particularly in the mineral products industry. You'll develop your understanding of the business environment and the techniques used for appraising investment opportunities including the exploration of appropriate financial frameworks. You'll also learn about the legal framework within which project contracts operate looking at the formation of contracts, their validity and interpretation and breach of contract. In thismodule you'll also cover energy-saving and the financial benefits of managing health, safety, environment and sustainability.

Operations Management (20 credits) 
This module focuses on the key issues of operations management from a strategic and practical perspective, using relevant theory to explore the challenges to traditional operations management thinking in the increasingly globalised business environment within which the mineral products industry operates. You'll develop critical understanding of operations management and its constituent processes from both a theoretical and practical perspective with particular reference to the mineral products sector. You'll be able to enhance your career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field of operations management in a range of organisations, but specifically in the mineral products industry. You'll also explore the critical importance of effective leadership and management overall and particularly in respect of health, safety and the environment.

Resource Management (20 credits) 
This module introduces and critically examines the concept of both material and human resources. You'll learn about all aspects of the employment process including resourcing, involvement, developmental and reward dimensions within the organisation and the importance of workforce participation. You'll also cover the key task of procurement, including the selection of suppliers and contractors as well as the management of suppliers, supply chains and inventory.

Work based/related project (40 credits) 
This module is designed to bring together all of your learning in relation to your own area of professional practice. You'll identify a particular problematic area in your organisation or sector and explore it in the context of current academic and professional thinking. You'll need to demonstrate your ability to diagnose the issue and draw conclusions from your reading and personal analysis.

How you'll learn

You'll study part time, online, and can choose to attend a number of optional workshops 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.

Elements of 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 BSc (Hons) in Minerals Management (Top Up) is designed for those already employed within the sector, or recently new to the sector who have a requirement to further develop their skills and knowledge, and progress their career.

The following broad criteria applying for entry:

While the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that learners meet entry requirements and acceptance on to programmes rests with the University of Derby, employers typically nominate the majority of learners expected onto this programme. The prior experience of learners is a key factor in programme design and development as such employers, potential learners, professional bodies, and key stakeholders have been consulted during the programme development stage.

Fees and funding

UK and EU students

International students

*These fees apply if you’re starting this course between September 2023 and August 2024. 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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