Advanced Mineral Deposits

Module code: GL3110
Module co-ordinator: Dr Dan Smith
Pre-requisites: GL2106

The formation of ore deposits is a result of a complex interplay of processes. Some of the world's most important resources are recovered from geological systems that have been controlled and influenced by the interplay of magmatic, hydrothermal, weathering, and structural processes.

This module builds on the subjects taught in the second-year module Introductory Mineral Deposits, incorporating ideas from other modules in igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology and tectonics, mineralogy, and geochemistry.

Topics covered

  • Major ore deposit types – their identification, formation, exploration, and exploitation
    • Magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposits
    • Porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposits
    • Epithermal Au-Ag deposits
    • Iron oxide-Copper-Gold deposits 
  • Current controversies and developments in the study of some of the world's most important ore deposits


  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of seminars
  • 20 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 120 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam, 1½ hours (75%)
  • Coursework - presentation (25%)