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European Mining Course (EMC), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The EIT-labelled triple degree Master European Mining Course (EMC) covers every aspect of the life cycle of mineral resources. It is a Master programme designed to provide a solid understanding of the global mining industry and takes a life-cycle approach by covering the entire mining value chain, while allowing students to develop an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset.
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The EMC offers a state-of-the-art technical basis in resource modelling, mine design and economic evaluation. Technical knowledge is also supplemented with topics on business economics, ethics, environmental engineering and a clearly defined and structured programme for the management of health, safety and environment. The programme aims to train professionals who will be the future decision-makers and game-changers in the mineral resources and associated engineering trade, with a strong vision of the future developments in this industry. EMC supports the development of students into adaptive, innovative and entrepreneurially-oriented engineers capable of identifying the best approach to obtain optimal value from mineral ore deposits.

The 120 credit points (ECTS) programme starts in the autumn at Aalto University (Finland). After a break, during which students have the opportunity to complete an internship at a company, students move to RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and then continue onto the third semester at TU Delft (the Netherlands). The final semester is spent at one of the three partner universities to work on a thesis project, which may be carried out in cooperation with a company. Upon completion students receive a triple degree diploma from each of the three participating universities, in addition to the EIT Label certificate which demonstrates excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship skills.


Triple Diploma Master programme.

This programme has been awarded the EIT Label, a unique seal of quality in innovation and entrepreneurship education. The EIT Label is awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of minerals engineering and recycling
  • Technical innovation project
  • Economic Geology & mineral economics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Field Experience and Project in Hard Rock Mining
  • Feasibility Studies of mining projects
  • Reserve Modelling and Estimation
  • Case study: mining projects
  • Mine design and simulation
  • Mine vetilation
  • Field/laboratory exercises
  • Data analysis and Resource Modelling
  • Computer-aided mine design and optimization
  • Legal, Health and Safety
  • Financial Engineering and Investment Scenarios 
  • Project Execution and mine startup planning
  • Final Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree of at least 180 ECTS credit points in appropriate subject areas (e.g. engineering, earth sciences, environmental sciences, mineral resources engineering) issued by one of the Partner Universities; BSc Degree or a Bachelor degree of at least 180 ECTS credit points or an equivalent university qualification from other top universities worldwide in appropriate subject areas as mentioned above, which gives evidence of the required qualification for the program. 
  • Statement of purpose, letter of motivation of maximum 2000 words
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of payment of the 120 Euro administration costs (refundable if student admitted)

This programme is taught in different countries. Which country are you interested in?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18750 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs

  • Delft, Netherlands

    780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Aachen, Germany

    813 - 1140 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Espoo, Finland

    790 - 1200 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


For students beginning in September 2019, 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:

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