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Masters by Coursework


Master of Engineering Science (Metallurgy)
2 years full-time
Curtin Kalgoorlie


Advance your mining career, specialising in the design, operation and management of metallurgical process systems.

Mining students inside a mine

Jose Angel Aguirre Carrillo

Being challenged and provided with new knowledge, high-quality staff, facilities and laboratories at Curtin Kalgoorlie is opening doors for me in one of the most significant mining regions in Australia. Moreover, living in Kalgoorlie has introduced me to people from different backgrounds and the most astonishing landscapes.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)


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

Broad career options

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

Metallurgy is the science of the physical and chemical behaviours of metals and their purification. 

Extractive metallurgists apply their expertise in chemistry, environmental science and mineralogy to find the best way to extract minerals and metals for natural ores and operate extraction plants at maximum capacity. Metallurgists also work on designing new extraction and processing methods for minerals and metals, often in liaison with other mining professionals.

All Curtin metallurgy courses are embedded with the principles of responsible mining, environmental stewardship, and occupational health and safety.

This course produces graduate who are capable of designing, operating and managing metallurgical process systems.

You will undertake advanced training in the core disciplines of mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, process control, process mineralogy, modelling, simulation and optimisation of mineral processing plants, as well as optional specialist units required to further your career in the minerals industry. 

As you learn to design and supervise the processes that separate metals from their ores, you will consider how they affect the environment, the conservation of energy and the proper disposal of the waste tailings. 

This course includes field and laboratory work, specialised project work and report writing. 

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

Careers for extractive metallurgy specialists include in-house specialists in mining and chemical companies, consultants, academics and researchers.

What you'll learn

  • apply extractive metallurgy knowledge, principles and concepts to the practice of the metallurgy profession including research at graduate level
  • demonstrate graduate level critical and creative thinking ability in the practice of the metallurgy profession
  • locate, evaluate and synthesise information and contextualise it to the practice of extractive metallurgy
  • use effective verbal and written communication at a professional practice level including appropriate sharing of professional information to a varied audience
  • evaluate and adopt appropriate metallurgical technologies for the benefit of the stakeholders
  • recognise that life-long and professional development activities are necessary to maintain currency in the application of metallurgical know-how and technologies
  • recognise and understand the need to apply and evaluate international best practice standards in the metallurgical workplace
  • recognise the impact and importance of cultural diversity in the implementation of metallurgical projects with a respect for cultural perspectives and practices
  • work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities including those in relation to sustainable and environmentally responsible practices; adopt a leadership role as required

Entry requirements

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
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

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

Essential course prerequisites

A three-year bachelor degree in extractive metallurgy or a closely related discipline with a credit average (65 per cent) or above in the final year, and at least two years of appropriate work experience. Other qualifications and/or experience may be considered in your application.

The equivalent of one semester's worth of units may be taken from other universities such as the University of Queensland, towards this degree with the approval of the course coordinator. 

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,900*
Total indicative course fee $75,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,800*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $19,300*
Total indicative course fee $77,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,600*

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).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: MC-METALG
  • CRICOS code: 078760D
  • Last updated on: September 4, 2020