• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The EIT-Labelled Master in Resources Engineering (EMerald) is a two-year international master programme. It is organised in 4 semesters (30 ECTS per semester): the first semester is in Liège, Belgium; the second semester in Nancy, France; the third semester in Luleå, Sweden or in TU Freiberg, Germany, and the fourth semester in one of these four partner-Universities.


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

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 TU Freiberg (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.


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:

  • Mineral Resources
  • Process Mineralogy
  • Mineral Processing
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Geostatistics
  • Waste and by-products processing
  • Management of Resources
  • Resources modelling and evaluation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Students wishing to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus joint scholarship must apply to the programme by 20 January for September entry.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

The programme is aimed at candidates having  a Bachelor's degree in Engineering with basic knowledge in Geology ( minimum 3 years of study or 180 ECTS credits), or a Bachelor's Degree in Minerals Engineering, Mining Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering or a Master degree in Geology.

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs

  • Luleå, Sweden

    6830 - 11280 SEK/month
    Living Costs
  • Liège, Belgium

    690 - 1070 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Freiberg, Germany

    630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France

    640 - 950 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 up to €9,000 per student are available with additional financial support for student involvement in conferences, summer schools and other events. 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 full scholarships are available – visit www.emerald.ulg.ac.be for details.

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