Erasmus Mundus Master in Georesources Engineering - EMerald


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Program Description


Innovative Education in Geometallurgy and Circular Economy (2-year master course = 120 ECTS)

The EMerald master is labelled by both Erasmus + and EIT

Participating Universities

  • University of Liège Belgium (main coordinator)
  • University of Lorraine, ENSG Nancy France
  • Luleå Institute of Technology Sweden
  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg Germany


The consortium will deliver a triple diploma (one from each university where the student attended lectures) and a Diploma Supplement from the coordinating university:

  • Ingénieur Civil des Mines et Géologue delivered by University of Liège (ULiège)
  • Master Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes Environnement delivered by University of Lorraine (UL)
  • Master of Science – Major: Geosciences delivered by Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
  • Master in Mechanical and Process Engineering delivered by Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF) – EIT Label Certificate


Eligible candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with basic knowledge in Geology or a Bachelor’s degree in Minerals Engineering, Mining Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering or a Master degree in Geology. At least 22.5 ECTS in Mathematics at university level are required.


The EMerald master course offers :

- Erasmus Mundus scholarships (full scholarships - all included)

- EIT Raw Materials AVSA grants (9000EUR)

The next application call ( intake 2020) will open in October 2019.

For information on how scholarships will be awarded and who is eligible, please contact the coordinating university directly.

The Challenge

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource-efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage. The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy).

Therefore, the Master course will focus on two aspects:

  • Bridging the gap between geological exploration and mineral processing by offering innovative education in geometallurgy
  • Helping to close the loop in a resource-efficient way by forming professionals who know the processing challenges and the need to meet targets in terms of recyclability

Programme Structure

EMerald is organised into four semesters and accounts for 120 ECTS or 30 ECTS per semester.


The first year of the programme aims to harmonise students’ knowledge and help them to find the right balance between resources characterisation and modelling, and processing and management techniques (multidisciplinarity).

The thematic courses offered by the two universities (ULiège and UL) are complemented by a strong programme to develop transversal skills. Industry experts and invited scholars bring in key contributions on corporate social responsibility, economics, lifecycle analysis and other essential aspects of modern sustainable engineering operations.

All courses offer a blend of theoretical lectures and practical work in the labs. Students often work in groups on a real case study, finding out for themselves possible processing routes for complex ores and waste materials. The third semester offers students the option to specialise more upstream at LTU (primary resources) or downstream at TUBAF (secondary resources).

The final semester can be spent in any of the aforementioned institutions depending on the thesis specialisation. Regardless of the location, the Master thesis will be completed in close collaboration with an industrial partner or a research centre that will also host the students for an internship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training

As an EIT-Labelled programme, EMerald aims to graduate interdisciplinary engineers who possess not only a deep knowledge of georesources, 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. biennial meetings of the SGA), during which you can meet researchers and explore opportunities if you wish to pursue a career in the research field
  • Receives support by 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 Between the first and the second year, the EMerald master organises a summer business school, a three week intensive course which will take place in Freiberg in August.

As an EMerald student, you will get the opportunity to take solid management courses in finance, marketing, business modelling and operations management, providing you with key insights into how engineering solutions can be applied to, and taken up by, society and industry.

Professional Profiles after Graduation

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 understanding of the whole raw materials value chain?
  • Motivated to expand your professional network by studying at least three European universities?

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 (PhD) in mineral processing, geometallurgy, resources/reserves estimation, process development, mineral industry, etc.

Student Testimonial

Jennifer – Philippines

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

Université de Lorraine is a French public university that offers to its nearly 52,000 students a full range of studies, in all fields, and in conformity to the Bologna model (bachelor/master/doctorate ... Read More

Université de Lorraine is a French public university that offers to its nearly 52,000 students a full range of studies, in all fields, and in conformity to the Bologna model (bachelor/master/doctorate). Read less
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