Erasmus Mundus: Master in Georesources Engineering

University of Liège ULG

Program Description

Erasmus Mundus: Master in Georesources Engineering

University of Liège ULG

Erasmus Mundus: Master in Georesources Engineering

EMerald is a two-year full English Master Program educating a new generation of young professionals, integrating a perfect knowledge of available mineral resources and modern engineering technologies.

It gives the students the opportunity to develop a broad and multidisciplinary view of georesources processing from cradle to grave and beyond. Modern computer-based technologies used in resource characterization (digital imaging, tomography,…) and in resource modelling (geostatistics, 4D GIS,…) is the backbone of this degree, the objective of which is to train skilled engineers capable of using the most advanced exploration and modelling technologies available.

EMerald is a joint organisation of 4 top-level Universities in the field of georesources.

Student mobility

The interaction with the European culture is essential to Erasmus Mundus programs. EMerald considers as essential to foster students to enhance networking and team spirit. Therefore, the student mobility scheme is as linear and simple as possible so that you get to know the partner institutions. You have the chance to study and to perform your master thesis in one of these institutions. Associated universities and industries will provide opportunities for research and internships.

In this perspective, Liège will have the mission to welcome students and make sure they have the required background. Nancy will be responsible for more advanced knowledge in georesources modelling and Luleå will take care of a more in-depth education in mineral resources and processing.

The mobility scheme is:

  • 1st semester: Université de Liège - Belgium
  • 2nd semester: Université de Lorraine - ENSG Nancy - France
  • 3rd semester: Luleå Tekniska Universitet - Sweden
  • 4th semester: One of the previous or Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg - Germany

All four universities will host students for their master thesis.

A final get-together conference and a graduation ceremony will be organized every year in a central location.


The program aims to educate tomorrow's leaders in the field of georesources exploitation. Skilled people will be intensively trained to meet today's industrial expectations:

  • People with strong theoretical background and thoroughness
  • People acquainted to lab and field works
  • Open-minded and multilingual people

The program aims at finding the right balance between knowledge of mineral resources (geology, resource characterisation, reserve estimation, modelling) and processing (comminution, preconcentration, leaching, waste disposal,etc..). The program also includes a broader view on life cycle analysis of mineral resources and urban mining potential. It includes a series of professional seminars to shed light on strategic issues, economic and environmental challenges, social dimensions of mining operations, etc.

The geometallurgical perspective on mineral resources is the heart of the program philosophy. Modern teaching involving project-based learning, team-working and field work will be promoted throughout the cursus.

Students will also travel across Europe and discover its many faces and cultures.

The consortium will deliver a triple diploma:

  • Master en Sciences de l'Ingénieur Géologue - ENSG Nancy
  • Master in Georesources Engineering - LTU
  • Ingénieur Civil des Mines et Géologue - ULg

Program and Structure


The program is designed to focus on the following major aspects of georesources engineering: Characterisation, Processing and Modelling. The courses content will be continuously reviewed by the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB). This board gathers senior experts with more than 20 years experience in the georesources exploitation industries. The strategic advisory board will also organize special seminars on topics that are not traditionally covered by the Universities. Last, the SAB will help organize field trips and internships.

Language of Instruction

The EMerald master is an English-taught program. However, the mobility will make sure that all students get acquainted with different European languages (German, French, Swedish) and cultures. This might be an additional incentive. French for example is often required for geoengineers aiming to work in Africa.

ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

ECTS system is a student-centred system aimed at facilitating student's mobility and based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a program, objectives preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. An Erasmus Mundus Master Course carries between a minimum of 60 and up to maximum 120 ECTS credits, where student workload generally amounts to around 1500-1800 hours per year and one credit stands for around 25-30 working hours (meaning lectures, seminars, independent reading, research and academic writing, exams, etc). EMerald is a 120 ECTS credits program.

Duration & academic calendar

The EMerald Master is organised in 4 semesters (24 months). It accounts for 120 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System). Academic year starts in September.

It should be noted that the information below is purely indicative.

Each university provides the students with a precise schedule.


Applications for 2015 will open in September 2014.

Who can apply?

The program is aimed at candidates having at least a Bachelor's degree in Engineering with basic knowledge in Geology ( minimum 3 years of study or 180 ECTS credits) or a Bachelor's degree in Sciences with at least 60 ECTS credits in the area of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, or Environmental, Minerals or Metallurgical Engineering or similar. A Master degree or a professional experience is considered as a plus.

The program will deliver an engineering diploma, therefore at least 22.5 ECTS in Mathematics at university level are required. However, if we think you have the sufficient skills to be part of the program although you don't add up 22.5 ECTS in mathematics, we will have you take a math class during the refresher semester in Liège.

Application process

All applicants need to ask for a login and fill out an online application form. Incomplete application forms are no further taken into account.

Applications to Erasmus Mundus Scholarships open from September to December:

In January, a first selection is made to reject the scholarship applicants that don't have the required academic background to attend the program. At this stage applicants can also be turned down for the lack of a personal motivation letter or english skills .

By mid February, application files are assessed and rated by each partner-professor (see below Selection criteria).

By mid March, all ratings are compared and gathered to obtain the list of pre-selected candidates. Pre-selected and reservist candidates are informed by e-mail.

The list of pre-selected candidates is sent to the European Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for validation. By the end of April, the EACEA issues the final list of scholarship holders. Applicants who have the minimum requirements but were not granted a scholarship because of their ranking are informed of their eligibility. They can still apply as non-scholarship holder.

Applications to the University of Liège partial grant open from September to December:

You will be asked in the application webform, whether you want to apply to the Université of Liège partial grant. Once all the Erasmus Mundus grants have been assigned, we will contact directly the students who wished to be awarded that partial grant.

Applications without a scholarship:

Non-European citizens can apply as non-scholarship holders until the end of April.

European citizens can apply as non-scholarship holders until the end of June.

Non scholarship holders will need to provide a financial plan to prove that they are able to afford the tuitions fees and living expenses for the two years of the program.

Associated Universities

Top level institutions with well identified contact persons and interest in geometallurgy are:

  • UCT - Capetown (ZA)
  • UQ - Brisbane (AU)
  • MISIS - Moscow (RU)
  • UChile - Santiago (CL)
  • UFMG - Belo Horizonte (BR)
  • Hacettepe University - Ankara (TR)
  • University of Oulu (FI)
  • East Kazakhstan TU (KZ)

These associates will not contribute directly to education but will have an advisory role to the program and will participate in the selection of non-EU students. Close research links will of course stimulate further PhD research with the best EM master students.

The associated universities may host a student for his or her master thesis project.

Industrial associates

The industrial associates will have an advisory role to the program through a Strategic Advisory Board (SAB). They will be asked to contribute to financial costs (hosting events and sponsoring) and will participate in providing internships or technical visits for EMerald students.

Strategic Advisory Board

This board gathers senior experts with more than 20 years experience in the georesources exploitation industries. It is a consultative organization composed of the Industrial Members having shown their strong interest in the EMerald project.

The roles of the SAB are:

  1. Promote EMerald within the larger mining community

  2. Recommend students for the course program

  3. Finance fellowship for students from less favoured countries

  4. Advise on the structure, the modules and the content of the courses of the master program

  5. Suggest, organize and lead professional seminars (as part of the management module of the course program)

  6. Organize guided technical visits to some facilities in Europe

Companies that officially support the EMerald program

  • LKAB, SQM, Imerys, Eramet, Nyrstar, Lhoist, ArcelorMittal, Areva, Dundee Precious Metals, Comet Traitements, Clariant, Andritz Separation,...
  • Minerals Engineering International
  • Helmholtz Institute für Ressourcentechnologie
  • Bulgarian Chamber of Mining and Geology

Cost of studies

Registration Fees

Registrations fees for the master program are 8000€/year for non-Europeans and 4000€/year for Europeans.

These include :

  • Tuition fees*
    • Management fees ( include laboratory expenses, visit expenses, supervision and running costs etc...)
  • Health insurance

*Tuition fees do not include contributions to students unions or comparable.

Cost of living

Living costs in Europe may be higher than in your home country. That's why it is important to figure out a budget that includes sufficient financial resources to cover your expenses while you are studying.

Average personal expenses are around 10.000 €/year ( more information for Belgium, France and Sweden ).


Your budget should include travel cost from your country towards Europe as well as the transfers between Universities.


Erasmus Mundus Grant (full grant)

Students may benefit from individual scholarships granted by the EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency).

Category A scholarship

Category A scholarships are awarded to students who come from a Non- European country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in these countries. Student who do not fill this criteria may apply for a category B scholarship.

The scholarship for Category A Students is divided as follow:

  • Amount I: - For travel and installation (refund with proof of expenses : flight ticket, hostel bill, etc)
  • Amount II: - Participation costs including registration fees and insurance
  • Amount III: - Monthly allowance based on 1000€ monthly allowance for 24 months

Category B scholarship

Category B scholarships are awarded to EU students or assimilated. European countries include: 28 EU Member States, Iceland, FYROM, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Norway. Category B scholarships have to be considered as a financial contribution to the student's costs. This does not fully cover the cost of studies (see above: 'cost of studies').

The scholarship for Category B students is divided as follow:

  • Amount I: - Not applicable
  • Amount II: - Participation costs including registration fees and insurance
  • Amount III: - Monthly allowance based on 500€ monthly allowance for 24 months

N.B. The EU requires that we maintain a geographical balance of admitted students that receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. This means that no more than two students from a single country may receive an EM scholarship for the EMerald program.

The University of Liège grant (partial grant)

Two University of Liège grants are awarded every year to two EMerald students. These grants are a partial financial support because they offer monthly allowance to students but do not cover registration fees (see above).

The grant for a European student: 20 monthly payments of 500€ and the refund of a round trip ticket per year between Belgium and the student's country of origin.

The grant for a non-European student: 24 monthly payments of 850€ and the refund of a round trip ticket per year between Belgium and the student's country of origin.

To apply to this partial grant, you need to fill out the regular application webform where you will be asked whether you wish to apply to this grant. If you are selected, we will get in touch with you directly and let you now the following steps of the application procedure.

Other fundings

Many countries offer scholarships to study abroad, check out the possibilities in your own country (public funding).

Students can ask for scholarships from an industrial sponsor. Check out the websites of the industrial operating in your home country.

Scientific societies in the field of georesources may grant scholarships to their student members.

Last updated June 14, 2016
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