Ore Genesis

Module code: GL4107
Module co-ordinator: Dr Gawen Jenkin

At this point in your degree programme, you will already know about the different mineral deposit types and some of the theories about how they form. Now, through a process-based understanding of how ore deposits are created, you will improve your ability to predict the location of new deposits – particularly those in new terrains or buried under cover.

This module culminates in a team exercise in which you will interpret a dataset on a new deposit and generate your own genetic model.

Topics covered

  • The main techniques used to provide data for genetic models, such as temperature, composition, amounts and flowpaths of hydrothermal fluids and how they vary in space and time
  • How to use this information to analyse ore genetic studies in the literature as well as data you might collect in your fourth year


  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 34 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 114 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam (60%)
  • Coursework - exercise 1 (15%)
  • Coursework - exercise 2 (25%)