Ore Deposits and Gemmology


This module examines the geology of mineral resources, primarily focusing on the formation of ore deposits and gems, by rooting these processes back into a geological context. The module is also largely focused on crystallography, as well as the economics and ethics of mineral and resource exploration from both a human and environmental perspective. All major parts of this module will be shared with a Level M variant, but will differ from this in terms of some of the assessment.


  • Inquiry presentation (group work) (15-20mins, 30%)
  • Quantitative assessment of mineral resource volume/value using computer software (2500 words, 40%)
  • Exam: 1 hour exam (30%) with two sections. Section A will cover the practical exercises with short questions, section B will cover the theory with essay style questions