Course details

Course code

CAAHR

Course level

Level 5

Course credits

60 credits

Start date (usually)

September

Course length

1 year part time

Location

Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

The minerals sector, which includes quarrying, surface mining, concrete, 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 concrete manufacturing sites across the country, as well as marine wharves, mineral extraction sites and aggregate recycling operations.

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

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.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

Core Modules

Cement - Raw Materials Processing (20 credits)
This module follows on from Introduction to Cement Technology by reviewing the complex range of activities and processes that are used in relation to the extracted raw materials and other components required in the preparation of the material 'kiln feed'.

Cement - Process Engineering (20 credits)
This module looks at the processes involved in the production of cement manufacturing, with particular focus on the efficient use of fuels in the cost-effective production of cement. It will outline the importance of energy transfer aspects of the process, the range of primary and secondary fuels used in its production and how to optimise the economics of the production process through management of fuels and waste streams.

Cement - Clinker Processing (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of the processes that grind and blend the output from the cement kiln into a cement that can be sold to the customer in bulk or as a packaged product. It covers the range of cement types required by customers, including composite cements with additions such as blast furnace slag and coal fly ash.

Optional Modules

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.

Cement Technology (20 credits)
This module will build on knowledge gained through earlier technical modules, providing a more in-depth study of the cement manufacturing sector itself. It introduces the cement production processes providing an overview of raw materials sourcing, the chemical processes that take place throughout production and the processing and blending of clinker to produce the range of cements required by customers.

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 (50%) and continuous assessment (50%).

Entry requirements

If you have experience in the concrete industry, as well as positive support from your employer, we will welcome your application.

Fees and funding

UK/EU students

International students

Optional modules

*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

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Cement Studies mineralproducts@derby.ac.uk 0800 678 3311