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Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining
Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining, Master of Science or Master of Science (Technology) (2 years)
- High level education covering the whole mining value chain. Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020: #76–100 Mining & Mineral
- Shared courses in geosciences and engineering, including both theory and practice
- Excellent, cutting-edge infrastructure for research and education in close cooperation with the mining industry
The international master's degree programme in Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining (MRSM) is a two-year programme focusing on education in mining-related subjects. The programme provides master's degrees in two fields:
1. Master's programme in Geosciences, Master of Science
2. Master's Programme in Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing, Master of Science (Technology)
The programme 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 programme will give you 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
Being situated in the north, the University of Oulu has invaluable expertise of and working in the Arctic environment. The faculty has close collaboration with the industry and teaching is provided by highly experienced and internationally well-regarded teachers. The unit is involved with many high-level EU projects which focus on innovation, developing new methods and refining existing processes. The programme is also committed to fighting climate change and providing students with social skills and cultural awareness related to mining in different cultural and socioeconomic contexts in addition to technical engineering expertise. The unit also has a unique, fully operational small-scale refinery for teaching purposes.
The two-year programme has five specialisation options:
Economic Geology focuses on characterisation of mineral deposits and geological processes behind their genesis, forming a basis for mineral exploration. Central topics include ore geology, regional geology, mineralogy and geochemistry. These skills can be used in mineral exploration or exploitation of natural resources in private companies or research institutes.
Quaternary Geology covers a wide range of sub-disciplines including glacial geology, sedimentology, ore prospecting techniques, and hydrogeology. The courses also cover global change issues in the northern hemisphere and the Arctic. The programme will give students an in-depth understanding of the properties of glacial sediments and deposits, their genesis, and use for ore prospecting and for geotechnical purposes.
Mining Engineering covers a wide range of topics, including geotechnique, mining technologies, analysis of production capacity, and financing. The expertise can be used in designing and the management of metal mines as well as in other operations related to the exploitation of raw materials.
Mineral Processing deals with the processes to economically separate valuable minerals from the ores. Oulu Mining School has a unique, continuous-mode in-house concentrating plant that provides an excellent infrastructure for training and education purposes. The environmental aspects of processing, health and safety in the plants, and collaboration with the mining industry are essential parts of the education.
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. In the life cycle of a mine, geophysics plays an important role in all stages: before opening the mine in mineral exploration and resource assessment, during active mining operations in exploration for additional resources and environmental monitoring, and after the closure of the mine in environmental monitoring and mapping of potentially contaminated areas.
Graduating students master the technical, geological, financial, regulatory, environmental and social aspects of sustainable mining.
Job opportunities exist in all fields related to the mining life cycle including exploration, mining, mineral processing, and other kinds of rock engineering both in the industry and in research.