Mining engineers of the future

European Mining Course (EMC)

The triple degree Master European Mining Course (EMC) covers every aspect of the life cycle of mineral resources. It is designed to provide a solid understanding of the global mining industry and takes a life-cycle approach by covering the entire mining value chain. The programme 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 and environmental engineering. The programme also covers a clearly defined and structured topic series on the management of health and safety and environmental impact of mining. EMC aims to train professionals of the future, who will be the decision makers and game-changers in mineral resources and associated engineering trades, delivering a strong vision of the future of the industry.

EMC supports the development of students into adaptive, innovative and entrepreneurially-oriented engineers that are capable of identifying the best approach to obtaining optimal value from mineral ore deposits.

Admission for the EMC Programme 2020-2022 opens on 1st October 2019 and closes on the 1st April 2020.

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Introduction to EMC

Semester 1
Aalto University
Fundamentals of minerals engineering and recycling (5 ECTS)*
Technical innovation project (10 ECTS)*
Economic geology and mineral economics (5 ECTS)*
Rock mechanics (5 ECTS)
Field experience and project in hard rock mining (5 ECTS)
*Component of the circular economy design forum
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Semester 2
RWTH Aachen University
Feasibility studies of mining projects (5 ECTS)
Reserve modelling and estimation (5 ECTS)
Mine design and simulation (8 ECTS)
Mine ventilation (5 ECTS)
Case study: mining projects (5 ECTS)
Field/laboratory exercises (2 ECTS)
Semester 3
Delft University of Technology
Data analysis and resource modelling (5 ECTS)
Legal, health and safety (5 ECTS)
Financial engineering and investment scenarios (5 ECTS)
Project execution/mine start-up planning (10 ECTS)
Semester 4
Thesis carried out at one of the universities or at a company with support from EMC and EIT RawMaterials (30 ECTS)
Triple degree diplomas received
Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary research institution created in 2010 from the merger of three leading universities in Finland (Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and University of Art and Design Helsinki). The main campus of Aalto University is located in Otaniemi, Espoo, which is a neighboring city to the capital Helsinki.
At Aalto, there are about 20,000 degree-seeking students. The students are supported by approximately 5,000 staff members, of which 380 are professors.

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RWTH Aachen University

Germany’s largest technical university and one of the most renowned in Europe. More than 510 professors and roughly 8,000 research and support staff are responsible for the education and research training of 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students, of which 6,400 are international students.

Teaching and research are characterised by an international, innovative and interdisciplinary approach, with close links to industry.

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Delft University of Technology

With more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 4,500 employees, Delft University of Technology is one of the largest universities in The Netherlands. The university is internationally recognised for its cutting-edge research on technical subjects.

Delft annually awards degrees to hundreds of engineers and technologists who go on to excel in science and business. TU Delft graduates form an extended and trusted network of alumni contacts.

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EIT Label scholarships: For students beginning in September 2020, scholarships from EIT RawMaterials of €13,500 per student are available to eligible EU and non-EU students.
After admission, EMC students from EU and non-EU countries will be informed about how to apply for an EIT Labelled scholarship.

FEMP scholarship: only non-EU students can apply for a (FEMP) scholarship of up to €9,000 in total, depending on the number of applicants, the funds available and the personal circumstances of the student.



You will be enrolled at TU Delft for the entire two-year period and at a partner university of their track, according to the rules of that university. You will be registered during the period of your stay at all partner universities, the tuition fee therefore follows the proposed fees subject to formal advice by TU Delft’s Student Council and final approval by TU Delft’s Executive Board. For the academic year 2019-2020 this yields:

Students with EU/EFTA nationality: 2,083,‐ Euros/year
Students with non‐EU/EFTA nationality: 18,750 ‐ Euros/year
(There may be extra fees during your studies, such as social contributions or student union fees)


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Student Testimonials

What our previous students have to say about their time on the EMC programme.

'During my Master time I met great people, got an extra set of skills and it will be a good preparation for the future.'

Suus Oudwater - EMC 2015-2017

'I would recommend this programme to anyone with an interest in mining who is open-minded and eager to not only develop academically but also as a person.'

Dennis Louwerse - EMC 2016-2018

'The international environment improved my English a lot and I also gained a lot of confidence in the soft and mining related skills I learned during the EMC.'

Johannes Sieger - EMC 2016-2018
Meet Our Team

Get in touch!

Yannick Feldmann

EMC Coordinator at Aachen University

Harmony Chaikin

EMMEP Coordinator at TU Delft

Jaakko Kölhi

EMC Coordinator at Aalto University



EMMEP covers EMC and EMREC Master programmes and is organised and coordinated by FEMP.

Contact Us

Federation of European Mineral Programs,
c/o Department of Geosciences and Engineering
Room 3.14
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
+31 (0)15 278 50 01
companies - [email protected]
students - [email protected]