This two years Erasmus Mundus masters programme in georeserouces engineering is unique in the whole of Europe and will provide the students with cutting edge knowledge in georesources engineering, geometallurgy and mineral processing of primary ore resources.
The future and sustainability of our societies is critically linked to the availability of raw materials and to the enhanced efficiency of all processes involved throughout their life-cycle. There is a critical need, especially in Europe, to educate engineers through an innovative curriculum bridging the gap between georesources and advanced processing technologies.
Europe finest technical universities with a long tradition in these areas. Through a common European cooperation - Erasmus Mundus - creates Luleå University (Sweden), Teknische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), University of Liège (Belgium) and the Université de Lorraine (France) together with local industrial partners, a unique competence network - consortium - with objective is to develop world-leading education and research in Georesources Engineering. Content and structure The Master programme EMerald is 2 years (120 ECTS) and consists of specially designed courses at the participating universities. The intention is that each student is traveling and getting to know the universities, studying with them and finally choose where he / she wants to do his master thesis. In this perspective the master programme begins at the University of Liège who is also responsible for the admittance process. From there, the University of Nancy is responsible for training in advanced knowledge of Georesouces modeling, while the universities in Freiberg and Luleå is responsible for training in Geology, Mineral resources and Mineral technology. The program aims to find the right balance between knowledge of mineral resources, ie ores (geology, resource characterization, ore reserve calculation modeling) and mineral processing (crushing, grinding, rough milling, leaching, waste management). The programme comprises a broader view of life cycle assessment of mineral resources and the potential for urban mining. The program also includes professional seminars to highlight the strategic, economic, environmental and social challenges of modern mining. The geometallurgical perspective on Georesources is central to the programme. Modern teaching with project-based learning and field work will be used. Students who meet graduation requirements will be awarded the following degrees: Master in Geosciences Engineering (Sweden)Master en "Géosciences: planètes, ressources, environnement (France) Ingénieur Civil des Mines et Géologue (Belgium) The selection of candidates will be a collaborative process between the partner universities. Universities and local industrial partners will provide opportunities for research and training. The master programme is intended for candidates with at least a bachelors degree (180 credits) in engineering, with specialisation in Geology. Also suitable background is Masters Degree in Geology with work experience. The Master program is aimed at both EU and non-EU students. Students will benefit from individual fellowships: EU: 1000€ for non-EU and EU students plus travel and registration expenses. But, it is the intention of the partners and a requirement of the European Union to get additional support from private companies and reach a self-supporting status after five years at most.
The Master program gives the student an international education in the area of mining and metallurgy. Opportunities for attractive and challenging work in international mining, metallurgy and technology companies in production, engineering, R&D are excellent worldwide. The program, with internationally appreciated diplomas, gives excellent background for students aiming for a researcher career.