Mineral Resources Engineering M.Sc.

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

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

Language:
German

Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • 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

open
No NC

Admission to Higher Semesters

open
No NC

Dates and Deadlines

Sustainably supplying people with mineral resources is an important task for the present and future. Specialists are needed to develop efficient mining and preparation methods as well as intelligent recovery systems, in order to ensure sustainable handling of the Earth's resources. Graduates from the field of mineral resources and disposal engineering contribute greatly to making sure the following generations' need for mineral resources can be met.

Bachelor graduates from the mineral resources field or other engineering disciplines can use a Master's program to go from being an all-around generalist to a specialist: Specialization fields such as extraction and process engineering are offered. Students advance the knowledge and skills they gained in the Bachelor studies to work on complex technical and organizational problems. Law and management courses contribute to this advancement.

Students become intensively familiary with their specialization in two years. In an additional internship they are able to implement what they learned in their studies early on. Mineral resource engineerings begin their professional careers equipped with comprehensive technical knowledge, experiences in project and team work, and the awareness for technical and business questions in the mineral resources industry.

Characteristics of a RWTH Aachen Course of Study

The Master's coures of study offers extraordinarily individual and intensive teaching with possiblities early on to participate in current research projects. It teaches not only theoretical knowledge. Practical know-how is also very important. During the studies there are regularly scheduled excursions to selected located and companies. This allows students to work on and advance technical content on site. Whether they are heading to Brazil, Canada, Chile, the USA, or Sweden, the possibilities for students in mineral resources engineering are broad. Due to excellent supervisory relationships, Master's students gain intensive glances at current research projects and participate in them. An initial overview is avaiable on the website Research Projects.

Degree Content

This course of study consists of a mandatory and elective component and a specialization. The foundation is formed by the mandatory section, which all students complete together. An elective block enables students to select courses from a catalogue. Although the elective component only makes up 20 percent of the Bachelor course of study, it makes up 80 percent in the Master's studies. A set curriculum is completed in the selected specialization.

Degree Content

Mandatory Component

Mineral raw materials and sustainability, non-technical elective, law

Extraction

Mineral resources engineers specializing in xxtraction study the detection of deposits, extraction of minerals using environmentally compatible and economically feasible technology, and the legal requirements governing mineral extraction. They decide which extraction methods to use in individual projects, and develop efficient extraction systems. Students learn about the characteristics of resources, occupational health & safety, geodata management, marketing the resources extracted, as well as fundamental legal and economic knowledge. Mineral resources engineers specializing in extraction design underground structures and tunnels in special civil engineering, work as development or sales engineers of machinery manufacturers, as blasting engineers for explosives manufacturers, or they work for business consulting firms.
Mineral resources engineers specializing in extraction and the mine surveying elective survey deposits and infrastructures using modern metrology methods, they document and assess geo- and basis data using geoinformation systems, and work on potential georisks in minerals extraction.

Students specializing in extraction and the mine surveying elective can additionally obtain the prerequisites for subsequent training in the German civil service (Assessor des Berg- oder Markscheidefachs). More information about this specialization

Process Engineering

Mineral resources engineers specializing in process technology work on processing primary raw materials and recycling secondary raw materials. Among others, they are responsible for modeling processing processes as well as designing and commissioning processing systems and plants, they develop and optimize conversion technologies for plastics and paper, recycling of valuable metals such Fe/Ne metals, and they know everything about mineral substances such as natural stone, lime, cement and industrial minerals.

In addition, mineral resources engineers are experts in bio- and geoenergy, and they can also handle sustainable energies such a methane and geothermal energy. More information about this specialization

Study Abroad

Students in the Mineral Resources Engineering M.Sc. course of study have the option of participating in the independent "EMMEP – Erasmus Mundus Minerals and Environmental Programme" Master program. EMMEP is organized by six universities: RWTH Aachen, Delft University, the University of Exeter, Helsinki University, the University of Miskolc and Wroclaw University of Technology. This four semester program is held in English. The Master students participate in classes at several universities during the first two semesters. During the last two semesters, they will study at two of the partnering universities of their choice that will then also confer their dual degrees (M.Sc.) on them. The intense contact among students and with companies during the EMMEP is an important component of this program and provides a good opportunity to get to know potential employers. The division website Study Abroad has specific information about EMMEP – Erasmus Mundus Minerals and Environmental Programme. The Moveonline Exchanges database is helpful if you want an overview of all of RWTH Aachen's exchange programs.

Internships and Practical Experiences

Students in the Master's course of study must complete 50 additional days of a practicum in addition to the 60 internship days during Bachelor's studies. The internship guidelines are part of the examination regulations (Anhang3). Places to complete the practicum depend on the specialization. Additional information on the division's website

Excursions

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

Prerequisites

The prerequisite for admission to the program is an initial university degree. The required academic background is described in the exam regulations. The determination on whether or not the admissions requirements are met is made by the examination board.

Career Prospects

Resource-extracting and -processing industries (mineral oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal energy, ores, precious metals)
Due to their interdisciplinary, academic education and training, graduates of the Mineral Resources Engineering M.Sc. course of study often work in management of companies in the resources industry, environmental technology, or in the energy sector. In addition, they can also assume regulatory, expert and consulting functions in the resources industry. They can now also increasingly be found in business consulting firms, insurance companies or banks. Due to an enormous demand for expertise and modern technology in the resources industry, mineral resources engineers are currently highly sought after all over the world.The division's website Graduate Portraits illustrate interesting career paths.

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.

Faculty

The Masters's course of study in Mineral Resources Engineering is offered by the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing, and Recycling in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.