EMERALD - Master course in resources engineering, Erasmus+

February 14, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Sweden
Liège, Nancy and Metz, Freiberg, Luleå


EMerald is a two-year master program (120 ECTS) organized by four European Universities ( University of Liège - ULiège, University of Lorraine - UL, Lulea University of Technology - LTU and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg - TUBAF) designed to focus on the following major aspects of Resources Engineering: Characterisation, Processing, Modelling and Management. It is organised in 4 semesters (30 ECTS per semester): the first semester is in Liège, the second semester in Nancy, the third semester in Lulea or in TUBAF and the fourth semester in one of the four partner-Universities. The master course aims at finding the right balance between knowledge of resources (geology, landfills, urban mines, reserve characterization and modelling) and process engineering techniques (comminution, sorting, preconcentration, extractive metallurgy, waste disposal, …).


In semester one, the University of Liège (ULiège) welcomes all students to the programme and provides them with necessary background skills in subjects such as mineral processing basics. In semester two, the University of Lorraine (UL) expands on this knowledge and provides students with a more advanced understanding of broader subjects such as flotation. The third semester offers students the option to specialise in upstream at LTU (primary resources) or downstream at TUBAF (secondary resources). The final semester can be spent in any of the university partners dependent on the thesis specialisation. Regardless of the university 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. Explore some of our previous master students theses here.

A broader view on the complete life cycle analysis of materials is explored during the course of the programme through a series of seminars taught by industrial partners. These seminars highlight strategic issues such as the economic, environmental and societal challenges of industrial operations.

The programme goes on to look at the expanded list of scarce Critical Raw Materials within the European Union and expands this focus into course units that explore the key factors that affect critical resource flows and supply, such as diversification, substitution and end-use industrial applications.

“EMerald” is not a Diploma in itself. It’s the name of the master course. The following degrees will be provided by the different consortium universities, depending on the tracks chosen by the student:

  • 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

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Who can apply?

The program 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.

The program will deliver an engineering diploma, therefore at least 22.5 ECTS in Mathematics at university level are required. 

Selection criteria

Selection of candidates will be a cooperative process between partner institutions and will be based on a consensus. The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects:

  • Academic background
  • Motivation letter
  • Language skills
  • Work experience 

All applications go through the same selection process regardless of the student’s gender. However, for students having the same level and same qualification, priority will be given to the less populated gender. Similarly, students with special needs are encouraged to apply to the program. They should however inform the administrative coordinator of the programme upon application so that necessary measures can be taken if the student is finally admitted in the program.


Deadline: February 14, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus + Erasmus Mundus Grants (full grants)

If you have already benefited from an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master course scholarship, you can apply to the EMerald Master Programme but you cannot apply for the Erasmus + scholarship.

Erasmus + divides the scholarship holders into two categories:

  • Students from Partner Countries (non-EU countries)


  • Students from Programme Countries (EU countries+ Norway+ Turkey+ Iceland+ Liechtenstein+ Macedonia).

75% of the scholarships will be granted to students of a partner country. All students are allowed to apply to a maximum of 3 EMJMD programmes.

This scholarship includes three different contributions, as detailed below:

Contribution to the participation costs

The contribution to the participation costs includes the following:

  • Registration fees.
  • Management fees (including laboratory expenses, supervision and running costs etc.).
  • Health and accident insurance coverage.
  • Access to the universities’ infrastructure (libraries, WIFI, etc.).
  • Assistance from the international office at each University regarding administrative matters, accommodation, bank account, etc.

Contribution to the participation costs EUR 4,500 per year per programme country scholarship holder.

EUR 9,000 per year per Partner Country scholarship holder.

The contribution to the participation costs is defined in the following way:

  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner countries and are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the consortium) of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.
  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ programme countries count as Programme Country students.
  • Students with a Partner Country nationality who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-month rule) count as Programme Country students.
  • Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

Contribution to travel and installation costs

The contribution to travel and installation costs takes into account ONLY the residence of the scholarship holder (regardless of the category under which the student has been enrolled).

  • EUR 1,000 per year per scholarship holder resident of a Programme Country for travel costs
  • EUR 2,000 per year for travel costs + EUR 1,000 for installation costs for scholarship holders resident of a Partner Country which is situated less than 4,000 km from the coordinating institution
  • EUR 3,000 per year for travel costs + EUR 1,000 for installation costs for scholarship holders resident in a Partner Country which is situated 4,000 km or more from the coordinating institution.

Contribution to subsistence costs

There is a contribution to subsistence costs (for both Programme and Partner Country scholarship holders) of EUR 1,000 per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum).

A contribution to subsistence costs may not be given to:

  • Scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study /research /placement /thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence.
  • Partner Country scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS) spent in any Partner Country.
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