The future and sustainability of our societies are critically linked to the exploitation of primary raw materials. The need for innovation in this sector is considered as new deposits will be more and more difficult to process, due to their lower quality and the increasing regulations to minimize their impacts on the environment. Such innovations are only possible if a deep understanding of the geology is integrated throughout the whole mine lifecycle, from mining to site rehabilitation. Innovation requires a geometallurgical approach.
Geometallurgy aims at integrating geological characteristics into new resource-efficiency based models. It requires a deep understanding of geology and advanced mineral processing techniques, expertise in geo-modeling, knowledge of state-of-the-art monitoring tools, and an acute awareness of the environmental, economic and societal issues in mining.
EMerald: The next wave of resources game-changers
EMerald integrates knowledge of mineral/metal resources and modern engineering technologies to meet this challenge. This two-year Master programme draws from four top-level engineering schools with a long tradition in the fields of geology, geo-modeling and mineral processing.
EMerald is a unique and innovative programme that ensures your training meets the exact expectations of worldwide industrials in the field of geo-resources. The programme is designed to focus on the following major aspects of geo-resources engineering: characterization, processing, modeling and management. EMerald aims to focus on industrial needs, bridge the gap between geo-resources and advanced processing technologies, promote the effective and environmentally friendly management, and give you an in-depth knowledge of mineral resources, co-products and the most recent and modern processing techniques.
EMerald is organized in 4 semesters and accounts for 120 ECTS or 30 ECTS per semester.
All students complete their first semester in Liège, before moving to Nancy for Semester 2 and Luleå for Semester 3. The final semester can be spent at Liège, Nancy, Luleå or Freiberg depending on your thesis specialization. You have the opportunity to study and complete a Master thesis project in any of these institutions. Regardless of location, your Master thesis will be completed in close collaboration with an industrial partner or a research center.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training
As an EIT-labelled programme, EMerald aims to graduate interdisciplinary engineers who possess not only a deep knowledge of geo-resources but also a holistic view of the entire raw materials value chain and an entrepreneurial, creative mindset.
The EMerald programme:
- Provides you with the opportunity to gain insight into the industrial world and to raise your awareness and understanding of the whole raw materials value chain through professional seminars and technical visits.
- Offers many courses targeted to facilitate the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills. You will learn how to work in teams and communicate your results to a broad public. In certain courses, you will conduct real case studies from data integration to the estimation of resources, including economic aspects.
- Integrates research dimensions with workshops and your Master thesis, as well as possibilities to attend international meetings (e.g. http://e-sga.org/meetings/sga-biennial-meetings), during which you can meet researchers and explore opportunities if you wish to pursue a career in the research field.
- Receives support from leading companies who have an advisory role to the programme through a Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), which ensures that the courses of the programme meet their professional expectations.
The EMerald programme also offers students the Winter Business School, which is a 3-week intensive course which takes place in Freiberg or in Liège prior to the fourth semester. During these 3 weeks, as an EMerald student, you will get the opportunity to take solid management courses in finance, marketing, business modeling and operations management, providing you key insights into how engineering solutions can be applied to and taken up by society and industry.
Professional profiles after graduation
The knowledge and skills EMerald graduates gain are highly valued in industry and beyond. Not only are EMerald graduates qualified to work in the fields of mining, building materials (cement, aggregates) non-ferrous metals production, Circular Economy of metals and mineral chemistry, possible career paths also include working for:
- Geological Surveys
- Junior Exploration Companies
- Investment Banks (resources sector)
- Venture Capital (resources sector)
- EU Commission (raw materials and industry)
- National /Regional Governments (mining laws, implementing circular economy, mineral industry)
- EMerald also prepares you for further study (Ph.D.) in mineral processing, geo-metallurgy, resources/ reserves estimation, process development, mineral industry, etc.
Are you a student who is
- Interested in sparking innovation in the raw materials sector?
- Keen to become entrepreneurial and start your own company?
- Interested in bridging the gap between geology and metallurgy?
- Curious to acquire an understanding of the whole raw materials value chain?
- Motivated to expand your professional network by studying at least 3 different European universities?
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Last updated May 9, 2018