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Extractive Metallurgy

Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-EXMET Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley or Kalgoorlie This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

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

Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Extractive metallurgists use mathematics, scientific principles and techniques to extract and purify metals and other marketable products from ores. In this major, you will learn to develop, optimise and manage the operation of metallurgical processing plants that transform low-value raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metals products in an economical and environmentally responsible way.

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

Your first year will be taught at the Bentley Campus, the second year at either Bentley or Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie, and the final year at WASM to maximise your exposure to industry and potential future employers.

In your first year you will complete a foundation year that covers all aspects related to planning and supervising the extraction of valuable minerals from the Earth.

You can also study this course as part of a double degree program: Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) and Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR and Chemistry ATAR or Physics ATAR

High performing applicants lacking prerequisites may be considered. Those applying on the basis of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) will be required to meet prerequisites by completing enabling units. This may extend the course duration.


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


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Metallurgist
  • Process metallurgist
  • Plant metallurgist
  • Processing consultant

Why Extractive Metallurgy?

  • Excellent opportunities for vacation work and graduate employment programs.
  • Wide range of double degrees offered.
  • Well-equipped laboratories for hands-on training.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines, a leader in mining and geosciences education in Australia.
  • Metallurgists may find employment in a variety of companies in the mining industry and in allied industries, including banking and finance, research and development, chemical engineering, mineral processing and processing consulting, in Australia and abroad.