Mineral Resources Engineering

In the beginning there are resources. Always.

Without resources, there would be no notebook or smartphone, no coloured walls, no toothpaste. A breakfast egg without salt? Unthinkable!

Our everyday life is determined by the supply of the raw materials we need. This is the only way to maintain our standard of living, to develop products and to drive technological progress. Still, the natural supply of the important mineral raw materials is not inexhaustible. Raw materials engineers work worldwide to be able to make these valuable resources available to society in the future using sustainable methods. With your raw materials engineering degree, you can be part of this exciting development.

The right programme for you?

Do you like foreign languages and travelling? Perfect! Because as a raw materials engineer you can gain experience all over the world if you want to.

Do you have a spirit of discovery and creativity for developing future technologies to bring mining and the environment into harmony? Do you find the idea of tunnel systems deep inside the mountain exciting and would you like to be present at a live blasting? Are technology and natural sciences also among your interests? Then off you go to study raw materials engineering!

What can you expect in the Mineral Resources Engineering programme?

Since the beginning of all things is raw materials, the basis of all beginnings are the fundamentals. You will learn the fundamentals in your first four semesters at the Montanuniversität Leoben. After that, you will deal with the extraction of mineral raw materials, from their processing to the production of building materials and ceramics as well as tunnel construction. Upon completion of the bachelor's programme, you can choose between four different master's programmes.

In raw materials extraction and tunnelling, it is up to you whether you focus on raw materials extraction, tunnelling or the development of environmentally friendly systems with the help of digitalisation. You can also specialise in energy raw materials (in cooperation with a French university) or the circular economy (in cooperation with an American university).

In the Master's programme in raw materials processing, you will either go into the field of processing and refinement or into the field of building materials (building materials and ceramics). You might also choose to specialise in energy raw materials in this field of study.

And if you feel like packing your bags and exploring the world, then the Advanced Mineral Resources Development, International Master of Science in Building Materials and Ceramics and Sustainable Mineral and Metal Processing Engineering (PROMISE) master's programmes are just the right thing for you.

What can you expect after your course of study?

As a raw materials engineer, you will manage national and international mining operations, work for ministries, as a tunnelling specialist, deal with the production of refractory materials, building materials, glass and ceramics and refine raw materials into high-tech materials. The study programme in raw materials engineering will open many a door for you all over the world.

Duration of Studies

BSc / 7 Semesters (210 ECTS)

Dates and Deadlines

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There are no selection procedures at Montanuniversität Leoben.
More info about admission here.

Language of instruction


Occasionally, some courses may be taught and examined in English.

More information and contact


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Phone: +43 3842 402-7225
E-Mail: info@unileoben.ac.at


Programme Director:
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Michael Tost
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics


Study Brochure

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