Mining engineers of the future

2021 European Mining Course (EMC) Program

The triple Master degree of 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.

The world recognised European Mining Courses (EMC) is offered as a structure exchange program for 2022. Our partner universities RWTH Aachen, Aalto University and MU Leoben provide the highest level of mining education through a structured, flexible exchange. The application details will be published shortly on the and our partners websites.

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Introduction to EMC (note: since 2021, the EMC programme is no longer a member of EIT’s Label Academy.)

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
Start of two year programme
Semester 2
RWTH Aachen University
Feasibility studies of mining projects (5 ECTS)
Reserve modelling and estimation (5 ECTS)
Mine design and simulation (5 ECTS)
Mine ventilation (5 ECTS)
Case study: mining projects (5 ECTS)
Mine Waste (5 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)
Computer-aided mine design and optimisation (5 ECTS)
Semester 4
Thesis carried out at one of the universities or at a company with support from EMC (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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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. Fees are paid to Delft during the whole duration of the program. For the academic year 2021-2023 this yields:

Students with EU/EFTA nationality: 2,143,‐ 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)



Admitted students may be awarded a scholarship in order to cover the fees and other costs:

FEMP scholarship: awarded to excellent students throughout the programme.

The Erasmus Mobility Scholarship: covers a max of 12 months of study in a country within the EU. It can only be requested once per academic year for mobility periods taking place outside of the Netherlands. To start the application an Erasmus+ Learning Agreement will need to be completed. Make sure you enquire if you are eligible for this scholarship (only after being accepted into the program) by contacting erasmusgrant[at] All information regarding the scholarship amount, deadlines and procedure can be found here.


Student Testimonials

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

'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

'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

'The EMC has been an amazing journey, combining the best of three highly regarded European universities with an extensive exposure to the industry.'

Kaj van der Waal - EMC 2015-2017
Meet Our Team

Get in touch!

Harmony Chaikin

EMMEP Coordinator at TU Delft

Yannick Feldmann

EMC Coordinator at RWTH Aachen University

Aino Roms

EMC Coordinator at Aalto University

Contact Us

Federation of European Mineral Programs
van Cralingenlaan 20
2241 SC Wassenaar
The Netherlands

+31 (0)6 29 47 48 08

companies - [email protected]
students - [email protected]
coordinator - [email protected]