MSc in Civil Engineering, with Specialization in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering

General

Program Description

Are you interested in geotechnical and mining engineering? Do you want to have engineering tools that are important for the development of our future society? Then this two-year university program in Civil engineering with specialization in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering will suit you!

As a student, you will meet the industry both through site visits and lectures given by industry professionals. Our teachers are committed to your learning and are experts in geotechnical/mining/rock engineering, and operation and maintenance. The program includes compulsory and optional courses, along with an M.Sc. thesis project performed in collaboration with the industry. This approach you to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Production planning and automation
  • Rock mechanics and rock engineering
  • Soil Mechanics and dams

Labor Market

Since mining and geotechnical engineering is essential in many fields, you have great freedom when choosing your future workplace, both in terms of task and geographic location. You can work as a project manager, consultant or researcher for contractors, government agencies, mining operations, universities, and more. The whole world can be your workplace!

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Application

Entry Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree of minimum 180 ECTS with at least 60 ECTS in the area of mining technology, construction technology or natural resource technology. At least 22,5 credits in Mathematics at the university level are required.
  • Documented skills in the English language.
English Language Requirements
  • The English language requirements for courses and programs are equivalent to English 6/English Course B.
Selection
  • The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects.

Compulsory Courses

Program Content and Structure

For a Master of Science degree with Major in Civil Engineering, with specialization in mining and Geotechnical Engineering (120 ECTS), the requirements comprise a minimum of 90 ECTS of mandatory courses on an advanced level of which 15 ECTS is from selectable courses and a Master thesis of 30 ECTS within Mining and Civil Engineering.

Swedish for beginners is offered to overseas students. The course is not included in the degree and is read in addition to the obligatory courses

Credits

The program requires 120 Credits.

Compulsory Courses: 105 Credits
Code Course Credit Level Comment
D7001B Mine Automation 7,5 Second level
D7004B Operation and Maintenance Engineering 7,5 Second level
G7003B Environmental Geotechnics 7,5 Second level
G7006B Foundation Engineering 7,5 Second level
G7008B Soil Mechanics, Advanced Course 7,5 Second level
O7022K Mining Geology 7,5 Second level
T7001B Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics 7,5 Second level
T7002B Design of Rock Constructions 7,5 Second level
T7008B Open Pit and Underground Mining 7,5 Second level
T7025B Project Course in Rock and Soil 7,5 Second level
X7003B Degree project in Civil Engineering, Master 30,0 Second level
Compulsory Courses: 15 Credits

Optional space is 15 credits. It is mandatory to select elective courses up to the given number of credits. The given number of credits of elective courses listed must be met for a degree.

Code Course Credit Level Comment
G7004B Dam II - Dam and Dam Safety 7,5 Second level Selectable
G7010B Soil Modeling with the Finite Element Program PLAXIS 7,5 Second level Selectable
T7006B Applied Blasting 7,5 Second level Selectable
T7020B Applied Rock Mechanics 7,5 Second level Selectable
T7026B Mine Design and Mining Economy 7,5 Second level Selectable
Course Offered outside the Obligatory Courses - not Compulsory - For non-Scandinavian Students: 3 Credits

The optional space is 3 credits. It is mandatory to select elective courses up to the given number of credits. The given number of credits of elective courses listed must be met for a degree.

Code Course Credit Level Comment
S0046P Swedish for International Students 1 3,0 First level Selectable

Student's Story

Thesis in Chile

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Lisa de Vahl is doing her thesis in a gold and silver mine in Patagonia in southern Chile, about 1,500 km south of Santiago. The mine is located on the eastern side of the Andes and the nearest community is Chile Chico where she and most of mine lives. From Chile Chico, only a few kilometers from the Argentine border and the city of Los Antiguos.

Lisa de Vahl has studied the two-year Master Programme in Civil Engineering, with a specialization in mining and Geotechnical Engineering.

What do you do in Chile?

– My work is to characterize the rock mass for the two mines, mainly regarding RQD (Rock Quality Designation). The goal is to find domains with similar rock mechanical properties such as fracture frequencies, their features, and directions. This work includes analysis of data from drill cores and structural mapping of places. It is interesting to see the geology that is not what I am used to in Sweden. The biggest challenge for me is the language then there are few who speak English and I have not read Spanish before but despite this, it is possible to get around with a little help of Google translate.

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– Nature in Patagonia is an incredibly violent contrast between the sprawling plains, dramatic mountain peaks. I had the opportunity to make a trip and saw among another lame relative guanaco, the South American condor, ostriches, penguins, and a black-and-white Commerson's dolphin.

How has your time at Luleå University of Technology been?

– I've had two great years at Luleå University, master program Civil Engineering with specialization soil and rock building corresponds truly my expectations and the quality of education noticeable when you get out in the real world. Luleå University is prominent in the rock and mining industry and works closely with the companies. My class was small and no one has had similar backgrounds study, which each has an asset in the group work and the like, as we have had different ways to take on tasks. Many courses are elective so that you can target in the direction you want. It has been great to have the training facility STYLE on campus with many passes all day and even all sections within the style in which it organized many trips. I went on a ski trip to Kirovsk in Russia and a hiking trip to Lofoten.

What are your plans for the future?

– When the thesis is clear, I will go back to my job as an engineer in Björkdalgruvan, I have been working there since 2012 but with a break for studies at Luleå University. I want to continue to progress in rock mechanics and expect to get the use of my new experiences both from Luleå University and from my time in Chile.

Last updated December 2019

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