Mining & Tunnelling

What can I expect during the master's programme?

Building on the bachelor's programme in Mineral Resources Engineering, students may pursue further studies and choose from a range of optional subjects as their focus. The first two semesters comprise subject-specific classes. The third semester is for the preparation of a master's thesis.


  • Mining involves the surface and subsurface extraction of mineral resources, application of different road heading machines, mineral economics, recultivation of the land surface damaged by extraction and the management of raw material projects.
  • Geotechnics and Tunnelling is concerned with geotechnical exploration, planning and the installation of underground structures, including the related fields of surveying, geotechnical monitoring, geoinformation, construction contract issues and construction management.
  • Raw Materials and Energy Systems is concerned with the extraction of energy resources, the usage of energy, and production and supply issues. This subject is offered in the form of a joint diploma with the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris.
  • Global Resources, Earth and Technology is a Dual Degree with the Colorado School of Mines ( in an interdisciplinary field of research that combines aspects of mineral resources engineering, the circular economy and sustainable development. Students become specialists in mineral resources extraction and use, in sustainable management of such operation and in the understanding of raw material flow cycles starting with mining up to recycling.

  • Geomatics for Mineral Resources Management  is an interdisciplinary field of research that combines aspects of surveying, sensor technology with data processing, geoinformatics and geomodelling. The main focus of Geomatics is on the regulation and control of the interplay between resource extraction and its environmental impact.