International Master of Science in Advanced Mineral Resources Development

  • Acquisition of knowledge in developing sustainable and environmentally friendly methods in mining and mine remediation
  • Studying at some of the top universities for mining sciences
  • Development of economic and intercultural competences
  • Interdisciplinary training
  • Collaboration on international research projects throughout the programme
  • World wide high demand for scientists in the field of mining and mine remediation
  • Excellent job prospects


Advanced Mineral Resources Development is a Joint Master Degree Programme between Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) and TU (Technische Universität) Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) and a third partner university.  

Students will study the first semester at Montanuniversität Leoben, the second semester at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, and the third and fourth semester at another partner university. The fourth semester is for the preparation of the master's thesis. The language of instruction is English.

Current partner universities are

Students completing the Joint Master Degree Programme Advanced Mineral Resources Development earn the degree “Master of Science”, abbreviated „MSc.“. The joint degree is awarded by the partner universities Montanuniversität Leoben and TU Bergakademie Freiberg and – pending accreditation at a partner university – by the third university.

The degree Master of Science is equivalent to the following academic degrees of the countries of the partner universities:


  • Montanuniversitaet Leoben: „Diplom-Ingenieur“, abbreviated „Dipl.-Ing.“ or „DI“
  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg: „Master of Science“, abbreviated „M.Sc.“


The joint master degree programme International Master of Science in Advanced Mineral Resources Development covers 120 ECTS points. This corresponds to the usual study period of four semesters (two years). In each semester 30 ECTS points are usually acquired. All students complete the first semester of the master programme at Montanuniversität Leoben, the second semester at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, and the third and fourth semester at another partner university. This study order is compulsory for all students. The degree programme always starts in October of every year in Leoben, Austria.

The scientific profile of this master's degree programme facilitates graduates to pursue a world-wide career in relevant mining and mine remediation firms, public administrations or international organisations. The graduates are active in planning, project planning, organisation, governance, and monitoring of and within firms, organisations, and administrations. There are further opportunities in the fields of research (both university and industrial), as well as in companies, or in the insurance or banking sectors.

  • Bachelor degree in
    Mineral resources engineering
    Mine surveying or
    Mineral processing

Students with a BSc degree from outside of the core field of mining and mineral resources engineering (e.g. Geotechnical Engineering, Tunnelling, Safety Engineering, Applied Geology, Industrial Engineering, etc.) have to take part at a tutorial course prior to the beginning of the programme. The decision about that will be made by the international selection committee during the admission process.

  • Proof of English language proficiency by means of a recognized language test (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Application Form (only relevant for international applicants)
    Please fill in the form completely!
  • Proof of academic degree (BSc certificate) and study records (Transcript of Records)
    In case the academic degree was not completed at one of the AMRD partner universities, diplomas and study records are to be certified in compliance with the national legislation where the application is submitted.
  • Proof of English language proficiency by means of a recognised language test (TOEFL, IELTS)
    TOEFL with an internet based score of at least 80 points (minimum: Listening 20, Reading 18, Speaking 17, Writing 16) or a paper based score of 550.
    IELTS with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (minimum: Reading and Listening 6.0, Writing and Speaking 5.5).
    The test should not be older than two years!
    Applicants who are English native speakers or graduated from a degree programme with English as the language or instruction are exempt from this regulation!
  • Letter of Application
    Description of the specific motives for the application for the master programme. One page maximum.
  • CV
    Include any subject-relevant work experience and extracurricular activities (two pages maximum)
  • Chinese and Vietnamese applicants need to submit an APS certificate (Akademische Prüfstelle) along with the application for admission

Applicants from AMRD Partner Universities

Montanuniversität Leoben
Birgit Knoll


International Applicants

TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg

(TU Bergakademie Freiberg only accepts applications which are sent by post and arrive not later than January, 31st. Do not apply by e-mail!)

Students will be screened for eligibility by an international committee. The international committee consists of two representatives from each partner university.

The committee will award the maximum number of programme places available for the respective academic year to applicants who meet the admission requirements:

  • Type of previous studies: students with a focus in the field of mining are given priority
  • Specific motives for the application
  • Subject-relevant work experience and extracurricular activities

The applicants are informed about the result of the admission procedure at the latest by April 31st.

Living costs (per month)

Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria € 860,-
TU Freiberg, Germany € 600,-
China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China € 450,-
National Mining University Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine € 400,-
Amirkabir University of Technology € 250,-
Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa € 800,-

Fees (Tuition, Misc. Fees)

Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria:

  • Student Union Fee (obligatory for every student): € 20,20/semester
  • Tuition (only for non-EU citizens1! EU citizens and students from AMRD partner universities are exempt): € 726,72

TU Freiberg, Germany:

  • Enrollment Fee (obligatory for all 4 semesters): € 94,-/semester
  • Tuition: None

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China:

  • Registration Fee: RMB500 yuan
  • Tuition (only for international students! Students from AMRD partner universities are exempt): RMB14400 yuan/semester

National Mining University Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine:

  • Tuition (only for international students! Students from AMRD partner universites are exempt): € 1000,-/semester

Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran:

  • Tuition (only for international students! Students from AMRD partner universities are exempt.): € 750,-/semester

Instituto Superior Técnico of Universidade de Lisboa:

  • Enrollment Fee: € 25,-
  • Insurance: € 1,15/year
  • Tuition: € 1.063,47 for Portugese and EU students, € 7.000 for Non-EU students2

1 Exemptions: Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Yemen, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Kiribati, the Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Laos (Democratic People's Republic), Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, the Maldives, Mali, Mauretania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, the Solomon Islands, Zambia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania (United Republic), Timor-Leste, Togo, Chad, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Central African Republic

2 Non-EU students can apply for a scholarship equivalent to 50% of the tuition fees

After you have been selected for the joint master programme a staff member of Montanuniversität Leoben will contact you to assist you in preparing your stay in Austria.

Contact the Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate-general) in your home country and apply for a D-Visa.
The application will be sent to Austria and the decision has to be awaited on in one’s home country (therefore the application should be submitted about three months before the intended arrival in Austria).

Make sure that your application is complete; if the Austrian authority needs to get back to you for further information, the application process might be delayed.

Please provide contact details (phone number, e-mail address) to guarantee that communication from Austrian authorities will get through to you.

You will have to apply for a respective German visa for your second semester at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Austria. The International Relations Office (MIRO) at Montanuniversitaet Leoben will provide all the necessary information and assist you in that matter.