EMerald Master in Resources Engineering is a 2 year (120 ECTS) degree program in collaboration with 4 European Universities; University of Liège, Belgium (first semester), University of Lorraine (second semester), France, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (third semester) and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany (fourth semester).

Resources Engineering, Characterization, Processing, Modelling and Management are the primary focus of this program. EMerald Master Program is developed with a balance between the science (geology, landfills, urban mines, reserve modeling and characterization) and engineering (comminution, sorting, preconcentration, extractive metallurgy and waste disposal).

EMerald Master in Resources Engineering

In the first semester, the students will learn mineral processing basics at the University of Liège. During the second semester, the University of Lorraine delivers knowledge to students with a more advanced understanding of broader subjects e.g. flotation. The third semester will provide the opportunity to specialize in upstream (primary resources) or downstream at (secondary resources). The final semester can be spent in any of the university partners dependent on the thesis specialization. The Master thesis will be completed in close collaboration with an industrial partner or a research center that will also host the students for an internship. Previous master students theses are available here.

Successful graduates will be given 3 diplomas (one from each of the universities that the student has attended) and a Diploma Supplement from the coordinating University.

University of Liège (Master in Mining and Geological Engineering)
University of Lorraine (Master in Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes Environnement)
Luleå University of Technology (Master of Science – Major: Geosciences)
Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Master in Mechanical and Process Engineering)

Courses & Curriculum

List of (available) courses in the EMerald Master in Resources Engineering are mentioned below:

Mineral Resources
Mineral Processing I
Mineral Processing II
Numerical Analysis
Seminars on economical and societal issues in mining
Process Mineralogy
Waste and by-products processing
Exploitation of Mineral Deposits
Advanced characterisation of mineral / water interface
Case study of ore processing
Resources modelling and evaluation
Management of Resources
Exploitation of mineral raw materials and Environmental impact of mining
Advanced Mineral Processing
Mining geology
Simulation of Mineral Processing
Senior Design Project in Mineral Processing
Mineral Liberation Analysis of Mineral Resources
Project – Process Design Mineral Processing / Recycling
Simulation of Sustainable Metallurgical Process
Resource Management
Selective Separation of Strategic Elements
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Practice of secondary raw materials
Internship and Master thesis

Eligibility & Selection criteria

Candidates eligible to the EMerald program should have a minimum 3 year (180 ECTS credits) undergraduate degree in Engineering (with basic knowledge in Geology). Applicants with academic background in Minerals Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering or Geology are also eligible to apply.

The EMerald program is an engineering diploma, so a minimum of 22.5 ECTS in Mathematics at university level is required for application.

Selection of candidates is carried out in collaboration with the partner universities and the final selection is based on a consensus. Selection is based on: academic background, language skills, motivation and work experience.

Applications are process and selection is made regardless of the student’s gender, for students having the same level and qualification, priority will be given to under-represented genders. Students with special needs are encouraged to apply to the program and should inform the administrative coordinator upon application, to allow us to take the necessary measures of care if the student is selected.


Interested applicants need to apply online and provide the following documents:

  • Passport copy and a sworn translation of birth certificate (in English). Selected students will have to provide a French translation of their birth certificate
  • Personal photo (ID format)
  • Resume in English (max. 1 page)
  • Motivation letter
  • High School Diploma (copy) and a sworn translation (in English or French)
  • Undergraduate/bachelor diploma certificate and transcript of records with a sworn translation (in English or French)
  • English Proficiency test (for non-English speakers): TOEFL iBT: 87, IELTS: 6.5
  • Documents highlighting accomplishments over the last five years (studies, internships, work experience, awards, publications)
  • Recommendation letter
  • Official document (issued within the past year) of the submission deadline (April 12, 2019) showing place of residence (e.g. residence certificate issued by municipality, a certificate from place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question)

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020, incomplete applications will be rejected. Students are encouraged to submit certified copies of their documents. Selections will be made at the end of March 2020 and interviews will be held with the candidates. For self funded applicants, applications will open in March 2020. Deadline for non-EU students is on 30 April 2020, and the deadline for EU students is on 30 June 2020.

Costs and Scholarships

The program fee for non EU students is 9000€/year and for EU students is 4500€/year. The program fee includes; management fee (laboratory, supervision), registration fee, health insurance, library/WiFi access, assistance from the international relations department. The fees is paid yearly to the coordinating university, if a candidate drops out in the first semester, then the second semester will not be refunded.

Registration fee does not include contributions to the student unions or any other non obligatory activities.

Students who do not have a scholarship can apply for reduced participation fees. Partial waivers can be decided by the Master Management Committee. If you are applying as a self funded student and wish to be considered for a waiver, then please request this in your online application. Average cost of living in Europe is approx. 10,000 €/year, please check living costs in Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany.

Several types of scholarship at available for EMerald Master’s program, interested candidates should apply through the online application form.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships/Erasmus + scholarships are applicable to the EMerald Master Program. The Erasmus scholarships are divided into 2 categories: For students from partner countries (Non-EU) and students from program countries (EU+ students from Norway+ Turkey+ Iceland+ Liechtenstein+ Macedonia). 75% of the scholarships will be granted to students of a partner country.

Contribution to the participation costs: 4,500 Euros per year for program country and 9,000 Euros per year for partner country (registration fees, management fee, insurance, access to university infrastructure, international office assistance.
Contribution to travel and installation costs: 1,000 Euros per year per scholarship holder resident of a program country and 2,000 or 3,000 Euros per year for travel costs + 1,000 Euros for installation costs for scholarship holders of a partner country.
Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 Euros per month for the entire duration of the program

EIT RawMaterials partial grant of 9,000 Euros will automatically be offered to all self-funded students.

ULiege grants (partial grants) are awarded every year to 2 EMerald Master Program students. This funding offers partial financial support in terms of monthly allowances to students (excluding the registration fee). For EU student; 20 monthly payments of 500 Euros and the refund of a round trip ticket per year between Belgium and the student’s country of origin. For non-EU student; 24 monthly payments of 850 Euros and the refund of a round trip ticket per year between Belgium and the student’s country of origin.

EU grants (student mobility) are available to all students who join the program on a self finance basis. The funding covers travel costs and subsistence costs for 12 months. The amount of funding is between 250 to 500 Euros per month. Students can apply to this grant upon their arrival at the University of Liège.

Other funding options for students and their relevant links are mentioned below:

European students: Erasmus + master loans
Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education
Colombia: Colfuturo Crédito Beca
México: CONACyT Becas en el extranjeroBecas MOB


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