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Graduate diploma

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

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Metallurgy
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Kalgoorlie
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Semester 1, 2023

15 August 2022

Applications now closed!

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

14 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Metallurgy at Curtin?

Top 1%

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.




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. 

What jobs can the Graduate Diploma in Metallurgy lead to?

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

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

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.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $29,244*

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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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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