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Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Undergraduate Major


Metallurgical Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 80


Learn to design and manage plant processing operations to create mineral and metal products.

Qualify sooner

Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.

Top 1 %

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Metallurgical engineers mostly work in converting raw metals and minerals into more useable formats, such as converting iron ore and coal into steel. They extract, refine and recycle metals and minerals that are used in many areas of everyday life, including energy production, food production, housing and transportation.

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

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in chemical and physical engineering, economic, environmental and sustainable principles, and the extraction of metals from ores. This course also includes a strong management component.

Following your Engineering Foundation Year (EFY) at Curtin Perth, you can go directly to Curtin Kalgoorlie, or study your second year in Perth before completing your third and fourth years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.

Double degree options

You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

  • Metallurgical engineering offers a range of career opportunities, including in metallurgical processing plants, engineering companies, consultancies, research and development companies, and finance and banking institutions within Australia and internationally.
  • Curtin provides well-equipped laboratories for hands-on training.
  • We have excellent links with industry.
  • You'll have the opportunity to study at Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.

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

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia.
The course is also recognised by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Career information


  • Metallurgist
  • Hydrometallurgist
  • Metallurgical engineer
  • Minerals engineer
  • Process control specialist
  • Process engineer
  • Process mineralogy specialist
  • Pyrometallurgy specialist


  • Banking and finance
  • Engineering
  • Equipment design and sales
  • Food production
  • Housing
  • Mining and minerals processing
  • Research and development
  • Transportation

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply scientific and engineering principles to metallurgical process development including sound risk management, environmental and OHS practice
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse metallurgical technology practice
  • access, evaluate and synthesise 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
  • 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 6.0

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) 8
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
India (CBSE) 70%
India (HSC) 71%
Sri Lanka 8

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The first year of this course is only offered at the Perth campus. The final two years are available only at the Kalgoorlie campus.

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

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

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major directly through Curtin, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

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 degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-MTENG
  • Last updated on: October 20, 2020