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European Mining Course, Master of Science (Technology)

The need of mineral-based materials is growing globally, partly related to the new green technology. Applications such as windmills and electric vehicles need traditional metals, but also many high-tech metals that support the environmentally sustainable future. Re-use of metals is important part in the materials cycle, but it will not satisfy the increasing demand of metals. Minerals need to be extracted from the earth’s crust far into the future. The European Mining Course (EMC) aims to train experts who possess wide-ranging skills and abilities to respond to this demand.
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Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

15.1.2023 – 1.3.2023

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

The next application period will open 15.1.2023 09:00 (UTC+2)

Is internationality a key part of your future?

On Thursday 15 December, from 15:00 to 16:00, we will organize a webinar where we will talk about the international master's programs of the School of Engineering and the School of Chemical Engineering. As an example, we present the European Mining Course program, which provides good preparation to face the challenges of raw materials economy and recycling.

Registration for the webinar here:



The safe, environmentally sustainable, and cost-efficient supply of raw materials is essential for a prosperous global society. This industrial sector must meet the challenges today and in the future with the help of research and development.

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.

The purpose of the programme is to generate future decisionmakers and game-changers in the field of mineral resources and associated engineering trade. The programme is based on the expertise of the participating universities within Resource Engineering. The focus is to provide state-of-the-art education by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction of the programme is English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

See further information of the tuition fees on the programme website.

Structure of studies

European Mining Course (EMC) is a master's degree programme organised in international cooperation between three of Europe's leading universities in mining and resource engineering: Aalto University (Finland), Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL, Austria) 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.

During the two-year EMC master's programme, students study together at all the three universities, one semester (30 ECTS) at each. The final semester is reserved for Master’s thesis which can be completed at any of the three universities or in the industry, but under supervision of all the three universities.

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, 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.

The preliminary curriculum of the programme for academic year 2023-2024 is the following:

1st semester (autumn 2023) - Aalto University

  • CHEM-E6140 Fundamentals of Minerals Engineering and Recycling, 5 ECTS
  • GEO-E2030 Rock Mechanics, 5 ECTS
  • GEO-E3010 Economic Geology and Mineral Economics, 5 ECTS
  • CHEM-E6130 Metal Recycling Technologies, 5 ECTS
  • GEO-E3020 Field Experience and Project in Hard Rock Mining, 5 ECTS
  • Elective studies, 5 ECTS

2nd semester (spring / summer 2024) - RWTH Aachen University

  • Mine Waste, 5 ECTS
  • Feasibility Studies of Mining Projects, 5 ECTS
  • Mine Design and Simulation, 5 ECTS
  • Mine Ventilation, 5 ECTS
  • Reserve Modelling and Estimation, 5 ECTS
  • Case Study: Mining Project, 3 ECTS

3rd semester (autumn / winter 2024) - Montanuniversität Leoben

  • Continuous Mining, 3 ECTS
  • Open Pit Mining, 4 ECTS
  • Deposit Modelling, 2 ECTS
  • Sustainable development, 6 ECTS
  • Lab in Mine Ventilation, 1 ECTS
  • Underground Mining, 4 ECTS
  • Mine Ventilation, Water Control, Infrastructure, 3 ECTS
  • Occupational and Process Safety, 3 ECTS
  • Elective studies, 4 ECTS


This Master’s programme is a study package which all the students complete together. The Master’s thesis (and the possible industrial placement) is the opportunity to specialize and, depending on the topic, to graduate either from Aalto University School of Engineering of from School of Chemical Engineering.


Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad each year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies, but also multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Programme administrators, active student tutors and student support services work rigorously to help international students integrate into the Nordic culture and welcome them at home in Finland.

The European Mining Courses targets students both from the three member universities and from all over the world. It is an international joint degree programme with integrated, mandatory geographical mobility. This means that all students will study at three European universities and in three different countries. Upon fulfilment of all degree requirements, students receive three degree certificates, one from each university.

Further study opportunities

Graduates of the programme are awarded Master of Science (Technology) degree by Aalto University which grants them a great foundation for doctoral level studies at Aalto University or internationally. In addition, similar degrees are awarded by Montanuniversität Leoben and RWTH Aachen University, widening the further study and career opportunities internationally.

Career opportunities

Given the worldwide demand for professionals in mining and minerals engineering and management, graduates of EMC have promising career opportunities. Mineral resources represent a significant part of the Finnish national wealth. Graduates 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.

Research focus

The EMC students get to work among the leading experts of the field, such as:

  • -alto University: prof. Mikael Rinne (School of Engineering) and prof. Rodrigo Serna (School of Chemical Engineering)
  • RWTH Aachen: prof. Bernd Lottermoser
  • Montauniversität Leoben: prof. Nikolaus Sifferlinger

Co-operation with other parties

The European Mining Course has a long history that dates back to 1996 and evolving over the years. Throughout the years, the programme has remained a tight collaboration of the partner universities with a strong support from industry. The EMC alumni network has grown over the years to over 800 members. To support the education of Master’s level students in the field of mineral engineering, The Federation of European Mineral Programs (FEMP) (FEMP) was established in 1999 with a network of 35 companies and institutions in 12 countries on 3 continents. Even today, FEMP keeps supporting the EMC students by granting scholarships and offering connections to the industrial partners.

Admission timeline 2023

There is one application round annually, coordinated by Aalto University. Application period for studies beginning in the autumn term 2023 is from 15 January to 1 March 2023 at 15.00 (3 pm GMT+2).

Who is eligible to apply for the programme?

A selection to European Mining Course -programme is based on the total evaluation of the contents of the previous studies and is implemented as a degree certificate selection process, without any entrance examination. Applications must fulfil general eligibility criteria, and administratively qualified applications are further processed to academic evaluation in the European Mining Course programme committee.

Miten haen?

Hakuaika syksyllä 2023 alkaviin opintoihin on 15.1.-1.3.2023 (klo 15.00 Suomen aikaa).

European Mining Course-ohjelman haku on erillishaku. Voit  hakea Aalto-yliopiston yleisessä maisterihaussa kahteen hakukohteeseen ja tämän lisäksi yhteen tai useampaan ohjelmaan erillisissä tai ulkoisissa hauissa ilman rajoituksia.

Hakemukseen kuuluvat täytetty sähköinen hakulomake ja liitteet. Lue allaolevat ohjeet huolellisesti.

Täytä sähköinen hakulomake hakuaikana kansallisessa Voit muokata hakemusta vain hakuaikana. Hakuaika päättyy 1.3.2023 klo 15:00 (Suomen aikaa). Katso tarkempi hakuaikataulu alla.

Hakijapalvelut tarkistaa, että hakemukseen on liitetty pakolliset liitteet ja että hakijan yleinen hakukelpoisuus maisteriopintoihin täyttyy. Tämän jälkeen kelpoiset hakemukset etenevät ohjelman akateemiseen arviointiin. Puutteelliset hakemukset hylätään.

Contact information

Aalto University School of Engineering

Learning Services

[email protected]

Mikael Rinne

Professor, programme director

[email protected]

The next application period will open 15.1.2023 09:00 (UTC+2)

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