EMerald: Master in Resources Engineering (Innovative Education in Geometallurgy and Circular Economy)


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Programme Description

Awarded the EIT Label in 2016

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 to 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.

The full catalogue of courses is available on the EMerald website: www.em-georesources.eu

Innovation and 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. 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 an 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, a 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 a circular economy, mineral industry).
  • EMerald also prepares you for further study (PhD) in mineral processing, geometallurgy, resources/reserves estimation, process development, mineral industry, etc.


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 a university level are required.


  • €4,500/year for EU students
  • €9,000/year for non-EU students


For students beginning in September 2020, EIT-Label scholarships from EIT RawMaterials of €13,500 per student are available.

For information on how EIT-Label scholarships will be awarded and who is eligible, please contact the coordinating university directly: emerald@uliege.be

A number of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarships covering all tuition fees and living expenses are available – visit http://em-georesources.eu for details.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

EIT RawMaterials is able to offer students a unique opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment, focusing on real-life challenges. EIT RawMaterials is initiated and funded by the EIT (European Insti ... Read More

EIT RawMaterials is able to offer students a unique opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment, focusing on real-life challenges. EIT RawMaterials is initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union. The EIT Label is a certificate of quality that is awarded only to excellent educational programmes at the Master and Doctoral level. As a student of an EIT RawMaterials Labelled programme, you’ll be part of the largest European raw materials partnership – with more than 120 core and associate partners and 180 project partners from over 22 European countries coming from higher education, research institutions and industry. As an EIT Label student, you will have the opportunity to become part of this committed partnership as well as champion and contribute to the EIT RawMaterials objective of finding new, innovative solutions to secure the sustainable supply of raw materials across the value chain – from exploration, mining and extraction, to mineral processing, recycling and developing circular economy strategies. Read Less
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