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Master's degree in Natural Resources Engineering

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Natural Resources Engineering

The main aim of the master's degree in Natural Resources Engineering (master's degree website) is to provide advanced scientific training in the environmentally sound exploitation and management of natural resources. Based on theory and mostly practical training, this course takes a multidisciplinary approach and teaches students applied research techniques.

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General details

Duration and start date
One academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September and February
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face and blended learning
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs, €1,660 (€4,150 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction

Information on language use in the classroom and students’ language rights.


Manresa School of Engineering (EPSEM)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register


General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Admission criteria
  • Academic record
  • Experience in the field of research
  • Knowledge of languages
Face-to-face (10) / Blended learning (15)
Pre-enrolment period open.
Expected deadline:  11/09/2023.

How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

Students who complete the course successfully will be experts with advanced technical knowledge and the ability to form part of technical innovation and research teams in the field of natural resource engineering. Along with the logical opportunity to work in public and private research institutions, they can also find work in government agencies, construction waste handling companies, extractive industries in general, general waste handling companies, environmental engineering firms, and teaching.


Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific skills

On completion of this master's degree, students will be able to:

  • Analyse field and laboratory data and design experiments, using computerised methods.
  • Know the analytical techniques applied to inorganic natural resources and their waste, how to use them and the interpretation of results.
  • Use the scientific and technical information to respond effectively to any demand for the preparation of an analytical method for the characterisation of a natural or anthropogenic material.
  • Know remote sensing techniques and satellite image interpretation applied to the characterisation and management of geological natural resources.
  • Use geological materials in industrial processes of high added value.
  • Identify processes of pollutant accumulation in the air, water and soil compartments of the environment.
  • Design a process to minimise a pollutant, waste or, in general, any type of pollution.
  • Identify the presence of metals mostly in mining, industrial and agricultural wastes.
  • Minimise the pollution by dust, noise and vibrations that is common in mining, using the most advanced techniques.
  • Restore areas degraded by the exploitation of natural resources, using the most up-to-date restoration techniques.
  • Design natural biotechnological processes to remove pollutants from solid, liquid and gaseous media.

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