Master's in Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining

An exciting opportunity to study Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining as a two-year Master’s programme in an excellent infrastructure and close connection to the mining industry.

Programme is one of the few programmes in the world to cover the whole mining value chain from exploration to mining, concentration, refining and closure.
Mining engineering student explorers the mining process on a screen.

Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining

Degree titles

Master of Science or Master of Science (Technology)

Study places

10 per degree, 20 in total

Duration of studies

2 years

Scope

120 credits

Teaching method

On campus

Next application period

4-18 January 2023

Programme profile

Top reasons to study Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining

  • A rare opportunity to study high level education covering the whole mining value chain.
  • University of Oulu ranks in the top 76–100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering category in Shanghai Ranking´s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021.
  • Excellent, cutting-edge infrastructure available for research and education - the latest software and machinery.
  • Shared courses in geosciences and engineering, including both theory and practice.
  • Work-life related studies in close cooperation with the mining industry. Internship and thesis opportunities offered to students.

Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining is one of the few programmes in the world which cover the whole mining value chain from exploration to mining, concentration, refining and closure.

The faculty has close collaboration with the industry and teaching is provided by highly experienced and internationally well-regarded teachers. The Oulu Mining School is involved with many high-level EU projects which focus on innovation, developing new methods and refining existing processes.

The unit also has a unique, fully operational small-scale refinery for teaching purposes.

Core skills and competence

Excellent skills in and understanding of sustainable use of mineral resources and principles of sustainable mining and beneficiation, including:

  • Theoretical studies in geosciences and engineering 
  • Economical and environmental aspects of mining 
  • Hands-on practice in the well-equipped Oulu Mining School Research Centre and in the field 
  • The latest modelling and simulation education related to the topics 
  • Instrumental skills in mineral analytics.

Five specialisation options to choose from

Two in Geosciences

Economic Geology focuses on characterisation of mineral deposits and geological processes behind their genesis, forming a basis for mineral exploration.

Quaternary Geology covers a wide range of sub-disciplines including glacial geology, sedimentology, ore prospecting techniques, and hydrogeology.

Three in Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing

Mining Engineering covers a wide range of topics, including geotechnique, mining technologies, analysis of production capacity, and financing.

Mineral Processing deals with the processes to economically separate valuable minerals from the ores.

Applied Geophysics concentrates on the basic phenomena in geophysics and how to apply the knowledge, for example in mineral exploration, mapping and management of natural resources, and in environmental and engineering studies.

Programme structure and courses

Career opportunities

Job  opportunities exist in all fields related to the mining cycle including:

  • Mineral Exploration
  • Mining
  • Mineral Processing
  • Rock Engineering in both industry and research.

Welcome to Oulu Mining School

The programme is committed to fighting climate change and providing students with social skills and cultural awareness in different cultural and socioeconomic contexts related to mining in in addition to technical engineering expertise.