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About the programme
The Raw Materials Exploration and Sustainability (RaMES) degree program provides theoretical and practical knowledge on the primary and secondary raw materials value chain within a broader circular economy framework, in combination with a strong entrepreneurial orientation. The program – unique in Italy – has been developed with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Geological Survey of Finland to ensure the integration of business, education, and research, in line with the high educational standards of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology.
5 reasons to enroll in the degree program
Learn the most innovative survey techniques for the characterization of complex geological problems
Develop new competences on natural risk management and the new exploration methods
Enhance your understanding of the interactions between geology and the raw materials industry within a broader circular economy framework
Increase your problem-solving skills through fieldwork activities and experience of industry application
Develop an entrepreneurial mindset so to translate innovations into feasible business solutions
An innovative EU-funded program
Starting in October 2019, the University of Bologna will deliver a new, EU-funded MSc course named Raw Materials Exploration and Sustainability (RaMES), which will bring together cutting-edge expertise on raw materials and circular economy principles. The objective of RaMES is to educate a new generation of entrepreneurially oriented geologists and engineers who have in-depth expertise on the physical-chemical properties of raw materials, their geological exploration, and are particularly sensitive to best practices in sustainable exploitation.
RaMES will leverage competencies and know-how from three departments of the University of Bologna, two departments of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), the Geological Survey of Finland, the Technical University of Madrid and a number of Italian and foreign institutions and companies that are active in distinct aspects of the raw material value chain.
RaMES has been approved and funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body having the goal of strengthening cooperation between businesses, education institutions, and research organizations. The EIT supports the creation of long-term partnerships involving universities, research organizations, and leading companies across Europe. These partnerships are called Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) and have the ambition to generate innovative products and services, train a new generation of entrepreneurs, and foster the start of new companies. One of such KICs is the KIC Raw Materials, which was set up in 2014 with the aim of promoting sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling, and substitution of raw materials. Within this KIC, RaMES has been funded and operates.
Contents and prospects
This two year, 120 ECTS MSc Degree is designed as a blend between a Resources Geology curriculum and a set of crucial subjects for mastering the exploration and deployment of raw materials as a sustainable process, which include material sciences, industrial ecology, and business economics. Thus, the program focuses on the full-fledged ramifications of the raw material value chain from a geological perspective, in order to foster a new class of sustainability and business concerned specialists. The program combines lectures with laboratory activities, workshops, site visits, and constant inputs from the world of practice through interaction with companies, institutions, and professionals.
Our overall objective is to create a rich learning experience that seamlessly integrates hard and soft skills, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge by offering students hands-on opportunities to engage with practitioners and work entrepreneurially on real raw material challenges.
These competencies are coherent with the recent EU initiatives on the circular economy (e.g., Circular Economy Action Plan of the European Commission), and offer significant professional opportunities on the EU job market. This Master’s degree offers also job opportunities in the raw material industry and in research organizations active at the global level.
The students enrolled in RaMES will have the opportunity to apply for a semester of Erasmus+ mobility in Norway (Trondheim) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and to a two-week field course in Finland provided by the Geological Survey of Finland and focusing on the exploration methods of mineral deposits.
There are specific enrolment procedures for each degree program.
You can find detailed information about eligibility, the application process, tuition fees and deadlines on https://www.master-rames.eu/apply-today/
Study grants and subsidies
University students may obtain economic support during their studies from the Emilia Romagna Region, the University of Bologna, and other external bodies.
Unibo Action 1&2 – Check out the opportunities for international students: 11.000 € grants or full fee exemptions. The benefits are assigned on the basis of SAT test, TOLC test or GRE test scores.
Tuition fees and grants
All students pay based on their family income, irrespective of the degree program that they enroll on. Check our website to know which are the required documents to apply for study grants, exemptions, and incentives: