Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The international master´s degree programme in Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining (MRSM) from University of Oulu is a two-year programme focusing on education in mining-related subjects. The programme provides master’s degrees in two fields: geosciences and engineering.


The MS in Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining from University of Oulu offers excellent, cutting-edge infrastructure for research and education in close cooperation with the mining industry.

The specialisation lines in the field of geosciences are Economic Geology and Quaternary Geology and in the field of engineering sciences, they are Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing, and Applied Geophysics.

The programme will give you excellent skills and understanding on the whole mine value chain and principles of sustainable mining, 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

Programme Structure

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, geochemistry, mining industry, and exploration.
  • Quaternary Geology covers a wide range of sub-disciplines including glacial geology, sedimentology, ore prospecting techniques, and hydrogeology. Education is also covering global change issues in the northern hemisphere and the Arctic
  • 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. Oulu Mining School has unique, continuous mode in-house concentrating plant that provides an excellent infrastructure for training and education purposes.
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: You can apply between 14th and 28th of March.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

The programme is open for applications from students with a Bachelor’s degree in geology, or other sciences, as long as students have a sufficient background in geology (60 ECTS credits). It is expected that student candidates have basic skills in petrographic microscopy. Admitted students can be required to compensate for deficiencies by taking a limited number of bridge courses from the Bachelor programme. A sufficient knowledge of English is also required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Oulu

  • 660 - 1040 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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