Mineral Resources Engineering B.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester

No NC for WiSe 2017

Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

  • Pre-Program Internship --- Mehr Informationen ---

    Pre-Program Internship

    A 30-day pre-internship before beginning studies in accordance with the guidelines in the appendix of the examination regulations

Dates and Deadlines


Attention: From 2018, this course of study will be offered under a different name and with changed content. As soon as we are supplied more information, we will share them with you here. Please watch for new developments as soon as the middle of next year – 2018.


What would happen if we ran out of mineral resources? The lights would go out! Electricity cannot be generated without mineral resources.

No one would be able to use a cell phone, as the ports and circuit boards in cell phones cannot be built without gold and precious metals. There would also be no steel, no pavement, no glass, no salt, and last but not least, no cars.

We need metals, rock, salt, minerals, rare earth elements, and biofuels – mineral resources that are available worldwide and in varying amounts. This means solutions have to be found not only for mining and extraction but also for the transport and sale of these resources. An intelligent recovery system is also important to ensure the Earth's resources are sustainably handled.

Mineral resource engineers have the necessary expertise: They not only know where to find and obtain mineral resources but also estimate, what economic and legal factors must be taken into consideration.

They plan and supervise the mining or organize and direct the processing of mineral resources into sellable products for the final customer or further processing steps. There is yet another important aspect: environmental protection. Without detailed knowledge about techniques for emission protection and ensuring an intact environment, the mining of mineral deposits is unthinkable today.

In accordance with these diverse demands students build a comprehensive profile of skills while studying mineral resources engineering at RWTH. They are occupied not only with mathematics but also fundamentals in the natural and geological sciences, machine and plant technology, deposit management, mineral resource and energy law, health protection, and business administration.


Degree Content

The course of study facilitates not only theoretical knowledge but above all, practical know-how. A 30-day internship during studies can be completed at both German and international companies.

After intensive fundamental courses, two specializations are offered beginning in the third semester:

  • Primary Raw Materials: This specialization focuses on modelling, planing, and organizing extraction processes as well as the use of machine technology in the mineral resources industry. The curriculum includes drill technology, resources for extracting mineral resources, sustainability, and mining.
  • Secondary Raw Materials: This specialization facilitates knwledge in the preparation and recycling of mineral resources. Students focus on recycling engineering, preparation technology, thermal waste treatment, and the reduction of emissions.


Semester Mathematic-Natural Science and Interidsciplinary Foundations Technical Foundations
1 Mathematics 1, Mechanics 1, Chemistry 1, Geosciences Energy and Mineral Resources in the 21st Century

Mathematics 2, Mechanics 2, Chemistry 2, Geosciences, Electrical Engineering,

Mineral Resources Technology and Energy Technology 1
3 Academic Writing, Specialization modules – including electives Primary Mineral Resources, General Mining Engineering, Mining Surveying, Energy Resources and Technology 1, Mineral Resources Technology and Energy Technology 2, Machine Technology in the Mineral Resources Industry
4 Introduction to Business Adminstration, Applied Heat Technology, Academic Writing, Specialization Modules – including Electives Primary Raw Material Economy, Mineral Resource Extraction, Machine Technology in the Mineral Resources Industry, Introduction to Computer Sciences
5 and 6 Selected Specialization, General Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Internship, and Bachelor's Thesis

Detailed information and a link to the curriculum can be found on the division's website.


The division regularly offers excursions, that make it possible to experience mineral resource extraction, preparation, and recycling on site. You can get a glance on the website Excursions.

Programs Abroad

Mineral resources are obtained on all continents and are used in interesting ways around the world. For this reason, studies at RWTH open you up to contacts around the world early on. Both the faculty's own excursions and collaborative programs with other universities offer students international experiences. The EU mobility program ERASMUS+ alone offers access to 13 European partner universities. Other programs enable stays at renowned universities, for example in Asia or South America.

RWTH students benefit not just from the faculty's study abroad programs but also from the university's strategic partnerships with international universities. Students can, for example, complete brief stays at an IDEA League university while completing their final paper. The UROP Abroad program, which is one of a kind in Germany, offers the possibility to already participate in research projects at international universities during Bachelor studies. These stays abroad are partially funded by RWTH-specific financial aid. All of RWTH's cooperative programs are listed on the webpages about study abroad.



Personal Prerequisites

If you are interested in studying mineral resources engineering, you should be interested in subjects in science and engineering. During your basic studies in the first two semesters you will work on mathematics, especially with differential and integral equations, mechanics, and chemistry. Unlike the other engineering sciences, mineral resources enginereing requires advanced interest in geological relationships. RWTH Aachen offers a bridge program to intensify and complete your knowledge before beginning studies.

Enrollment Prerequisites

Proof of the Subject Specific Self Assessment
RWTH "Georesources and Materials Technology" Self Assessment


Decision Aids

For most people, the topic of mining is linked to ongoing discussions about closing collieries, subsidizations in hard coal mining or the environmental sustainability of fossil fuels. But mineral resources engineering means much more than extracting hard coal in underground mining. Salt, iron ore, sand, clay, brown coal, or rare earth elements are just a few products of mining, of which millions of tons are extracted every year in Germany, and without which daily life would be unimaginable. Furthermore, the course of study also deals with topics such as the development and conversion of renewable energies, sustainable and environmentally friendly production of raw materials, and modern recycling techniques. During your studies you will deal with the entire raw materials branch – from investigating deposits to recycling measures and topics in recycling management. The spectrum of subjects you will be taking is also just as comprehensive. If you would like to find out more about the subject area and the particular course of study, you are welcome to attend lectures while you are still a school student. You can also gather initial impressions on excursions, at the Schüleruni, during the university visitation week, or in Sample Studies for Girls.


Media Library

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Career Prospects

Engineers with comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in the field of primary and secondary mineral resources are sought after worldwide. They primarily find work in planning, evaluating, and implementing processes to extract mineral resources. Additional fields of work can be found in the energy, environment, and recycling sector, consulting, administration, and politics.

Due to their comprehensive technical education RWTH graduates can find very good entry-level positions particularly in the mineral resource extraction and production industry, such as crude oils, biofuels, coal, geothermal energy, ore, and precious metals. There they identify and evaluate sources of mineral resources, develop modern technologies, plan how to use machines, and direct processes to promote the sector. They also use their technical knowledge in tunnel construction or in machine and explosive manufacturing.

Furthermore, the interdisciplinary aspects of an RWTH education open up opportunities in fields of work, in which economic and legal factors play a decisive role, such as in operations management. Mineral resource engineers can also work as external experts performing supervision, evaluation, and consulting services, for example in economic consulting firms, insurance companies, or banks. Here you can provide support with your technical knowledge in risk assessment or damage analysis.

Since the mineral resource economy is internationally oriented, careers paths abroad are not rare. The division website Graduate Portraits illustrates interesting career paths.


Master's Degree Prospects

RWTH Aachen offers a Master course of study in Mineral Resources Engineering in which students go from being generalists to specialists. They expand and deepen their skills either by specializing in Primary Raw Materials or by chosing as their central focus Secondary Raw Materials. Particularly ambitious students can participate in the European Mining, Minerals and Environmental Program or EMMEP, in which RWTH Aachen cooperates with Delft University of Technology and Aalto University in Helsinki. All three universities award a triple Master's degree. It is also possible to study another Master's course of study such as Sustainable Energy Supply.


Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.



The Bachelor course of study Mineral Resources Engineering is offered by the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing, and Recycling in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering. It is one of the oldest divisions at the University. Under the motto “Mineral resources – younger than ever!” it focuses on innovative technical solutions, for example to determine and transform renewable energies, sustainable and environmentally friendly mineral resource extraction, and modern recycling.