The MSc in Mineral Resources is a one-year postgraduate degree designed to prepare students for the challenges in resource extraction in the 21st century. Updated for 2020-2021, it will tackle not only the geological challenges inherent in mineral exploration targeting and estimation, but also the economic, environmental, social, and geopolitical aspects of mining: from exploration, extraction to remediation.
It provides hands-on training in both the classroom and field in the latest digital and remote sensing mapping techniques, 3D modelling software and geochemical mapping. Students gain knowledge and experience through interactions with invited guest lecturers from industry and by visiting mine sites. Knowledge is consolidated through both an industry or research-focused dissertation, and an international field course, which for 2020-2021 is planned to be in South Africa.
The MSc is targeted both at new graduates seeking a career in the resources industry or preparation for an applied PhD, and also at professional exploration geologists with several years industry experience seeking to move into an exploration strategy role.
The MSc in Mineral Resources is a comprehensive course that combines core knowledge, field work, short courses and a research dissertation. The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework equivalent to a total of seven taught modules. The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework and written examinations.
Knowledge gained will be consolidated through an assessed field excursion, which for 2020-2021 is planned to be in South Africa.
The final three months of your course will be focused on independent research which concludes with a 15,000-word field or laboratory-based dissertation.
Modules for this programme are currently being reviewed and will be available to view on this page by the end of 2019. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss the course content in more detail, please email the MSc Mineral Resources programme coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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