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Extractive Metallurgy

Extractive Metallurgy

Undergraduate Major


Extractive Metallurgy Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Learn to manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants in an economical and environmentally responsible way.


Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Extractive metallurgists extract and purify metals and other products from ores obtained through mining operations. They have a strong understanding of chemistry, environmental science and mineralogy.

In this course you will learn to develop, optimise and manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants in an economical and environmentally responsible way. These plants transform low-value raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products.

You’ll cover the chemical, physical, economic, environmental and sustainable principles and practices for the extraction of metals from ores.

Your first year of study will be at our main campus, Curtin Perth. You will complete your second year at Curtin Perth or Curtin Kalgoorlie, and your final year will be at Curtin Kalgoorlie, which can help you maximise your exposure to industry and potential future employers.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree.

Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • Metallurgists have career opportunities in a range of companies in mining and allied  industries in Australia and internationally – including banking and finance, research and development, chemical engineering, mineral processing and processing consulting.
  • This course offers you a range of double degrees.
  • You'll have the opportunity to study at our Western Australian School of Mines, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.

How this course will make you industry ready

Curtin has well-equipped laboratories for hands-on training, and there are excellent vacation work opportunities and graduate employment programs.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Career information


  • Metallurgist
  • Plant metallurgist
  • Process metallurgist
  • Processing consultant


  • Banking and finance
  • Minerals and mining
  • Research and development

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply minerals and metallurgical scientific principles to metallurgical process operation
  • access, evaluate and synthesise minerals and metallurgical information from multiple sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of minerals engineering and metallurgy
  • use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations, when applied to minerals and metallurgical information
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • describe and apply international best practice standards in minerals engineering and metallurgical methods and technologies
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical an rational processes to analyse minerals and metallurgical technology practice
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

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 6.5

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics and chemistry or physics.

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

If applying for this major through Curtin, rather than through TISC, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

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

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-EXMET
  • Last updated on: October 20, 2020