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.

Why choose this course?

  • Enhance your international resource knowledge and skills
  • Join our worldwide alumni network and gain professional contacts
  • Benefit from flexibility with optional modules; enabling personalized learning
  • Enhance your learning with industry guest speakers
  • Enjoy a program taught completely in English
  • Earn an MSc from renowned European Universities

You want to study abroad?

Adventure is the best way to learn.

You want to gather exciting international experience at three leading universities and meet new people?

Discover the world with like-minded students and university staff.

You want to work closely with industry and in international teams?

Well, then you are on the right track here!

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), and
  • Montanuniversität Leoben.

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 cohort 2022 will be a two-year 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 one of the three universities and conduct 2 exchange semester, one at each partner university.

The exchange program starts in October at Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria). After a 2-month break, during which students have the opportunity to complete an internship at a company, students move to RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and then continue onto the third semester at Aalto University (Finland). The final semester is spent at the students home university 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.