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Master’s of Geometallurgy




4 Semesters


General Description

The program in Geo-Metallurgy is a transdisciplinary course of study integrating knowledge from the fields of Geology, Metallurgy and Mining Operations. It is aimed at professional geologists or engineers working or seeking to work in areas linked to the optimization of mining resources through the efficient assessment of ores and the improvement of handling and exploitation.


The objective of the Master’s Program in Geo-Metallurgy is to train graduates of degree programs in Geology and Engineering in areas of specialization linked to mining and metallurgy, responding to the demand for up-to-date knowledge in the area of Geo-Metallurgy among mining industry professionals.

Additionally, the program aims to strengthen applied, multidisciplinary research in this field, through the creation of working groups incorporating students from this program and academics from the Departments of Geological Sciences and Metallurgical Engineering in order to resolve problems within the productive sector and the mining industry in particular.

Candidate Profile

Candidates will be professionals in the field of Geology, Metallurgy or related areas. The program aims to provide further training in mining and metallurgy specializations in order to meet the demand for cutting-edge knowledge in the area of geo-metallurgy among professionals in the mining industry.

Plan of Studies


  • Analytical techniques
  • Bio-mining
  • Metalogeny
  • Surface physical chemistry
  • Analysis of processes and products by contaminants and/or impurities
  • Modelling and simulation of metallurgical processes
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrothermal alterations
  • Mechanical Preparation
  • Hydrometallurgy


Prerequisites for application are:

  • Candidates should have an undergraduate degree from a university in Chile or abroad in the field of Geology or Civil Metallurgical Engineering.
  • Candidates should have an overall average grade of 5.0 (on a scale of 1-7) in their undergraduate studies. Foreign students should demonstrate an equivalent grade.


General Fee $267.000.- (CLP)
1st year Enrollment Fee $4.200.000 (CLP)
Total Program Fee $7.000.000 (CLP)
Observations Program fee does not include general fees or cost of academic diploma.

* 2018 Admission Fees

Campus and Schedule

Campus: Depto. de Ciencias Geológicas y Depto. de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Minas, Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta.

Classes take place according to the following schedule:

Friday from 19:00 to 22:00.
Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00.


Director: Eduardo Campos Sepúlveda
Telephone: (56-55) 2355230
Email: edcampos@ucn.cl

Secretary: Gladys Vidal A.
Telephone: (56-55) 2355968
Email: gvidal@ucn.cl


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