European Mining Course (EMC)

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With a growing world population and increasing global welfare, the demand for most metals and minerals is increasing. At the same time, metal and material markets are not always predictable, making the challenge to identify and extract resources within economies of scale even more complex. Adding to this complexity, awareness of environmental issues is also growing and the world expects resources to be extracted in a responsible and sustainable manner. It will be up to the resource specialists of the future to operate successfully in this challenging environment.

In future, graduates working in the resources sector are expected to have technical skills as well as social intelligence, adaptive thinking and cross-cultural competencies. They have to have language skills, be creative and self-motivated, be champions of research and receptors of innovations.

What does the EMC offer?

  • In-depth insights, knowledge and skills in the field of international resource extraction
  • Inclusion in our global alumni network
  • Flexibility through optional and extra-curricular modules and activities
  • Guest lecturers from the industry
  • Improved language skills due to the international nature
  • M.Sc. degrees from each of the three universities

Study abroad? – Adventure is the best way to learn!

Gain exciting experience on an international level at three leading universities and meet new people?

Discover the world with like-minded students and with renowned faculty.

Work closely with representatives from leading business companies in select international teams.


Exchange programme

The European Mining Course (EMC) is an exchange master program hosted by three leading technical universities in Europe:

  • RWTH Aachen University (Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE)),
  • Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), and
  • Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria).

Alongside with students of these three universities, there are numerous guests from Europe and from all over the world participating in the EMC to explore the international world of mining within their master studies.

The EMC covers every aspect of the life cycle of mineral resources. It is designed to provide a solid understanding of the global mining industry and takes a life-cycle approach by covering the entire mining value chain. It offers a state-of-the-art technical basis in resource modelling, mine design and economic evaluation. Technical knowledge is supplemented with topics on business economics, ethics, environmental engineering and a clearly defined and structured program for the management of health, safety and environment.

But there is more to the EMC than just studying abroad! Through guest lectures from industry, excursions and industrial projects, you get a direct insight into the international mining industry and gather valuable contacts for your professional future.

The EMC aims to train professionals who will be the future decision-makers in the mineral resources and associated engineering trade, with a strong vision of the future developments in this industry. EMC supports the development of students into adaptive, innovative and entrepreneurially-oriented engineers capable of identifying the best approach to obtain optimal value from mineral ore deposits.

Career opportunities

Given the worldwide demand for professionals in mining and minerals engineering and management, graduates of EMC have promising career opportunities. EMC graduates will be qualified to work for:

  • Mining companies and companies engaged in minerals and metals processing technology
  • Engineering and consulting firms
  • Companies working on ore deposits and integrated production
  • Market leaders in efficient mining
  • Aggregates companies
  • Government agencies
  • Knowledge institutions, research institutes and think-tanks

About the Program

The EMC is a two-year triple degree exchange program with Aalto University, RWTH Aachen University and MU Leoben. Students study for one semester at each of the three universities and move between countries as a group. Students are enrolled at all the three universities and earn three M. Sc. degrees, one at each partner university.

The exchange program starts in September at Aalto University (Finland). After a 3-month break, during which students have the opportunity to complete an internship at a company, students move to RWTH Aachen University (Germany) for their second semester. They then continue onto the third semester at Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) from October on. The final semester is spent at one of the universities to work on a thesis project, which may be carried out in cooperation with a company.

Upon completion students receive the according M.Sc. degree of their home university and a certificate of participation in the EMC exchange program by FEMP.