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)
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.
What jobs can the Extractive Metallurgy Major (BSc Science) lead to?
- Plant metallurgist
- Process metallurgist
- Processing consultant
- Banking and finance
- Minerals and mining
- Research and development
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
- Master of Professional Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering)
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in metallurgy that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of metallurgy, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to metallurgy, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within metallurgy, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in metallurgy using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within metallurgy to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with metallurgy, and how these impact upon the practice of metallurgy, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of metallurgy, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6