In the beginning are resources. Always. Without resources there would be no laptops or smartphones, no coloured walls, no toothpaste. A breakfast egg without salt? Rather difficult to imagine. And how would your lips feel like after using a lipstick without talc? Well, quite dry. Everyday life is conditioned by the availability of resources. We need resources to ensure our living standards, develop new products, and expand our technological capabilities. The natural stock of important mineral resources, however, is finite. This is why we need resource engineers: they work on sustainable methods and tools to provide key resources over the long run. Studying resource engineering puts you on the frontline of this exciting and future-oriented development.
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
Do you enjoy foreign languages and travelling? Excellent. As a resource engineer you have the option of working anywhere in the world. Are you a creative explorer at heart, ready to harmonise mining and the environment? Are you excited about tunnel systems and would like to experience drilling and blasting first hand? Are both technology and natural sciences among your main interests? If that’s the case, resource engineering is for you!
During your studies: what to look forward to
Basic knowledge about resources is key. Following a four-semester foundation course, you engage with the extraction of mineral resources, from their processing and the production of building materials and ceramics to tunnel construction.
Following your undergraduate studies, there are three Master-level specialisation tracks you can choose from. First, the track on raw material production and tunnel building allows you to focus on the extraction of raw materials, the construction of tunnels or the development of environmentally sound systems designed with digital tools. Within this track you can also decide to focus on energy feedstock (collaborating with a French university) or the circular economy (in cooperation with a US-American university). Second, the raw material processing track offers a framework for focusing on either processing or building materials, again with the option of specialising in energy feedstock. If you are ready to pack your bags and discover the world, you should go for the third track: with the Master’s degree in Advanced Mineral Resources Development you are set to spend every semester at another renowned university.
Following your studies: what to expect
As a resource engineer, you are qualified to head national and international mining companies; build tunnels; work for government ministries; engage with the production of refractories, building materials, glass and ceramics; or refine primary commodities into high-end materials. Studying resource engineering opens a wide range of doors!