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Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Metallurgy
1 year full-time
Curtin Kalgoorlie


Change to a career in mining and gain understanding in mineral processes and extractive metallurgy.

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Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

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Study at the internationally renowned Curtin WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering.

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This course is for non-metallurgy scientists and engineers who wish to pursue a career as extractive metallurgists or further their career within the minerals industry.

It will provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the core areas of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • These courses provide a professional conversion opportunity for non-metallurgy graduates
  • Graduates enjoy enhanced employment opportunities
  • Our courses are tailored to meet the needs of both students and industry.

Career information

Graduates can obtain employment in the extractive metallurgy sector of mining and chemical companies, or further their careers within the minerals industry.

What you'll learn

  • apply extractive metallurgy knowledge, principles and concepts to the practice of the mining/metallurgy profession including research at graduate level
  • demonstrate graduate level critical and creative thinking ability in the practice of the mining/metallurgy profession
  • evaluate, synthesise and communicate information and contextualise it to the practice of extractive metallurgy / mining engineering applicable to stakeholders, using written or oral presentations
  • demonstrate responsibility and team-skills by applying critical reflection, evaluation and proactively manage teamwork, recognising the need to apply and evaluate international best practice standards in the mining/metallurgical workplace
  • recognise the impact and importance of cultural diversity in the implementation of mining/metallurgical projects with a respect for cultural perspectives and practices
  • work in accordance with professional standards and demonstrate responsibility towards the broader community

Admission criteria

Specifically, applicants require an Australian recognised bachelor degree in an engineering or science discipline, excluding extractive metallurgy or equivalent qualifications. Applicants with sufficient work or other relevant experience may be eligible, either through a not-for-degree pathway or direct entry.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $27,900*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Last updated on: June 28, 2022