A global minerals industry needs new experts and competence to fuel its renewal. As a graduate of the programme, you are in a prime position to effect change in the field.
A modern world without minerals extracted from the earth would not be possible. The safe, environmentally sustainable and cost-efficient supply of raw materials is essential for a prosperous global society. The mining and mineral sector is a high-tech industry that highlights research and development in order to prepare for future challenges.
As the minerals industry grows, the need also grows for new personnel with expertise in mining and the processing and recycling of minerals. The requirements of future specialists and leaders in the mining and mineral industry call for robust knowledge and skills in many fields of engineering – for example, engineers must be able to account for the environmental impacts of mine projects in the planning and production stages. The European Mining Course (EMC) aims to train experts who possess these skills as well as the abilities required for working in an international and multidisciplinary environment.
EMC is a master’s degree programme organised in international cooperation between three of Europe’s leading universities in mining and resource engineering: Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Aalto University (Finland) and RWTH Aachen University (Germany). The programme is built on the strengths and the complementary areas of expertise of these universities in earth science studies and research. EMC is a part of the European Mining, Materials and Environment Programme (EMMEP).
During the two-year EMC master’s programme, students study together in three different universities:
- 30 ECTS at Aalto University in Finland – studies are jointly organised by the School of Engineering and the School of Chemical Engineering
- 30 ECTS at RWTH Aachen in Germany
- 30 ECTS at TU Delft in the Netherlands
- 30 ECTS MSc thesis (co-supervised by all three partner universities). Master’s theses are often completed under the supervision of the student’s own university and in co-operation with industry.
EMC courses are designed to give students a broad education. The programme offers a unique curriculum that includes courses in mining technology, mineral processing, recycling, business and economics, management, as well as legal, health and safety matters. Excursions and visits are arranged in association with industry partners to accompany lectures. Assignments and case studies are based on real data and worked on in teams.
Student experience: Mikko Koivisto
‘Studying in EMC developed my language skills, prepared me for working in an international field and gave me a look into the study and workplace cultures of three different countries.’
EMC graduates have great career opportunities. They are employed in industry, government organisations and research institutions. They hold key positions ranging from research, teaching and consultancy to management, design, project engineering and control. Their experience from working in an international group and environment make them attractive candidates for international companies around the world. The programme has a strong support from industry and wide and active alumni network.
Admission and scholarship
The programme and its admissions are coordinated by TU Delft. High-quality students of the participating universities as well as all over the world are welcome to apply to EMC.
For detailed admission criteria and instructions for applying, visit the EMMEP website at emmep.org.
In recognition for its quality, the European Mining Course has been awarded the EIT Label by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, which entitles eligible European students of EMC to a scholarship of 9 000 euros to help offset expenses related to tuition, travel and living.
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