What will I learn?

This course will benefit you if you are a current professional working in the minerals industry and require specialist knowledge in extractive metallurgy, or if you are looking to prepare for a higher degree in extractive metallurgy (i.e. Masters or PhD).

You’ll gain an insight into the extraction and refinement processes involved in comminution, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy and learn the fundamental economic and financial considerations that impact the mineral resource sector.

You’ll understand the unit operations involved in mineral processing and metallurgical process plants, the relevant properties of feed and product minerals and conduct practical work to develop skills in the techniques of mineral identification and analysis, information access and communication. You’ll also conduct hands-on learning through working in laboratories with industry relevant mineral processing equipment.

5 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy at Murdoch

The 2019 Good Universities Guide has ranked Murdoch first in Australia for teaching quality and overall experience for engineering and first in Western Australia for graduate salary, learning resources, student support and full-time employment for engineering.
Study on your own terms with flexible full or part-time study.
Make use of our $10.1 million Bayer Industrial Pilot Plant – a full-scale engineering plant, the only one of its kind in WA.
Learn from industry experts who have research expertise in mineral processing, metallurgical processing, hydrometallurgy and mineralogy.
Take advantage of our scholarships, such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

advanced mineral processing
practical metallurgical processing
extractive metallurgy techniques
hydrometallurgical processes
process mineralogy.

Your career

Many students taking this qualification will already be employed in the minerals industry as engineers or chemists. Other graduates can expect to find employment in:

mining and mineral processing operations
metal extraction plants and refineries
engineering design and consulting firms
metallurgical process research and development companies
government bodies dealing with aspects relating to the minerals resources sector
legal firms involved in the management of intellectual properties and legislation within the industry.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Which department am I in?




Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$34,027.00 (18,43,283) per year
This fee is for 2020 and may subject to change
Start date

28 February 2022


Murdoch University

Perth Campus,

90 South Street,


Western Australia,

6150, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or equivalent; Successful completion of at least two university units at AQF level 7 degree or above. Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS): overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language - IBT (TOEFL IBT): 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based): 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 50 with no band below 50; Cambridge Advanced English prior 52 with no section less than Borderline; Cambridge Advanced English after 169 overall with no band below 169 ; Occupational English Test (OET): OET with a minimum of C in the four components.

For international students

Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, in a relevant area. Students with alternative satisfactory preparation may also be admitted. Students who do not have equivalent knowledge and background in chemistry, thermodynamics, physics and mathematics will be required to undertake additional preparatory units prior to admission.

English Language requirements: IELTS overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; CAE - 169 overall with no band below 169; PTE - 50 with no band below 50; TOEFL IBT - 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based) - 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); OET - OET with a minimum of C (250-290) in each of the four components.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.