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.