Study Programme

AN EIT RAWMATERIALS PROJECT

TIMREX starts in 2022 in the frame of an education project as the response to the call of EIT RawMaterials for a master’s programme on mineral resources exploration. The TIMREX MSc programme aims to train earth science specialists, primarily geologists and geologist engineers, to help meet the mineral resource exploration demand of the EU.

Built on existing strong minerals exploration MSc programmes, the project provides a joint education with add-on entrepreneurship skills. Based on a gap analysis, mineral resources exploration, focusing on field activities and sustainability performance does not exist in the portfolio of EIT-Labelled master programmes. The consortium led by and having RIS-universities will involve non-academic partners in program development and implementation.

 

These goals will be achieved by 3 main competence-development pillars of the project.

Pillar 1: campus-based MSc programmes with at least one-semester mobility windows or double degree schemes between the university partners. The cohort starting in September 2022 will go along the mobility window scheme for all universities. Double or joint degree schemes shall be established at UNIZG-RGNF, UM and WUST during 2022 and from September 2023, a hybrid mobility system, using double or joint degree schemes in different relations will apply. LTU will cooperate mostly on the mobility window basis. The T-shaped curriculum at each partner will include mineral explorationfocused core earth science disciplines. Innovation and entrepreneurship competences will follow a modular system, complementing the semester courses and partly given by intensive fieldwork modules of pillar 2.

Pillar 2: intensive fieldwork during the summer period between M1 and M2 academic years. This will be a specialty of the TIMREX programme and comprises a much more intensive joint education activity compared to other labelled programmes. 7-8 weeks of the summer period is scheduled as fieldwork for the students at exploration camps in Sweden and Hungary and as internship at companies.

Pillar 3: Entrepreneurship, innovative and socio-civic skills will be developed by the third pillar, intensively using the EFG’s mentoring programme and SME and RTO partners of the consortium.

STRUCTURE

TIMREX starts in 2022 in the frame of an education project as the response to the call of EIT RawMaterials for a master’s programme on mineral resources exploration. The TIMREX MSc programme aims to train earth science specialists, primarily geologists and geologist engineers, to help meet the mineral resource exploration demand of the EU.

Built on existing strong minerals exploration MSc programmes, the project provides a joint education with add-on entrepreneurship skills. Based on a gap analysis, mineral resources exploration, focusing on field activities and sustainability performance does not exist in the portfolio of EIT-Labelled master programmes. The consortium led by and having RIS-universities will involve non-academic partners in program development and implementation.

 

These goals will be achieved by 3 main competence-development pillars of the project.

Pillar 1: campus-based MSc programmes with at least one-semester mobility windows or double degree schemes between the university partners. The cohort starting in September 2022 will go along the mobility window scheme for all universities. Double or joint degree schemes shall be established at UNIZG-RGNF, UM and WUST during 2022 and from September 2023, a hybrid mobility system, using double or joint degree schemes in different relations will apply. LTU will cooperate mostly on the mobility window basis. The T-shaped curriculum at each partner will include mineral explorationfocused core earth science disciplines. Innovation and entrepreneurship competences will follow a modular system, complementing the semester courses and partly given by intensive fieldwork modules of pillar 2.

Pillar 2: intensive fieldwork during the summer period between M1 and M2 academic years. This will be a specialty of the TIMREX programme and comprises a much more intensive joint education activity compared to other labelled programmes. 7-8 weeks of the summer period is scheduled as fieldwork for the students at exploration camps in Sweden and Hungary and as internship at companies.

Pillar 3: Entrepreneurship, innovative and socio-civic skills will be developed by the third pillar, intensively using the EFG’s mentoring programme and SME and RTO partners of the consortium.

Master's programs involved

Earth Science Engineering MSc

Geology MSc, Geology of Mineral Resources and Geophysical Explorations | Innovative Mineral Resource Exploration

Mining and Geology MSc, Geomatics for Mineral Resource Management specialization

MSc in Exploration and Environmental Sciences

PROGRAM

Semester 1 - ZAGREB, CROATIA

Course Course code ECTS Condition Objectives
Analyses of Mineral Parageneses
26940
5
Mandatory
The aim of the course is to develop skills required for virtual recognition and distinction of different generation of the paragenetic minerals in thin sections of igneous and metamorphic rocks and the recognition and interpretation of micro-texture features in order to clarify petrogenetic history, to make a precise rock classification, to determine the quality of rock as a raw material and to set the steps for further investigations by sophisticated analytical methods.
Industrial Mineral Deposits
27232
6
Mandatory
The objective of the course is to learn about the physicochemical and geological conditions for formation of deposits of the main industrial minerals and their application in industry.
Petroleum Geology
27363
6
Mandatory
The goal is to acquire specific knowledge and skills in the field of petroleum geology, which are intended to prepare the students, future engineers for all aspects of exploration and exploitation of oil, gas, condensate and geothermal waters as well as for professional interaction with engineers of related professions in teamwork
Sedimentology
27336
7
Mandatory
Main objectives of the course are that students acquire main techniques in defining sedimentary facies, to recognize sedimentation processes, to recognize the basic features of modern and palaeo- depositional environments, to recognize and interpret characteristic sedimentary sequences and to analyse all elements present in the sedimentary environment and interpret possible depositional environment.
Mining Law and Regulations
64315
3
Elective
Objectives of the course is familiarization of students with Croatian mining and related legislation relevant for obtaining a concession for exploitation of mineral raw materials.
Physics of Reservoir Rocks and Fluids
26982
3
Elective
Students will be introduced to: methods of measurement and matching of petrophysical properties measured in the laboratory and the same properties from well-logs, with parameters that describe the change in fluid properties from surface to reservoir, in cases of production and injection, with the characteristics of a multiphase flow system in a porous rock.
Seismotectonics
27088
3
Elective
To describe the basics on seismotectonics in different geodynamic settings on Earth, in particular in Croatia, in circum Adriatic region and in the Eastern Mediterranean, and to provide students general knowledge on field and lab methods used in evaluation of seismicity and seismic hazard, assessment of recent tectonic movements on local and regional scale, active stress regimes in the Earth’s crust, and in identification and characterization of active, seismogenic faults and seismogenic sources.

Semester 2 - ZAGREB, CROATIA

Course Course code ECTS Condition Objectives
Geophysical Exploration
26987
6
Mandatory
Mastering the specialist geophysical methods of measurement and interpretation applied in the exploration of raw materials.
Mineral Deposit Exploration
27217
6
Mandatory
The objective of the course is to get acquainted with geological methods of exploring mineral deposits and their evaluation.
Petroleum System Exploration Methods
27218
6
Mandatory
Acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of petroleum geology according to the latest achievements from the World and Croatia, which are necessary for the inclusion of students; future engineers in all aspects of research and extraction of oil, gas, condensate, geothermal waters and waters of high technological quality, and professional interaction with engineers of related professions in teamwork.
Technical Petrography 2
27062
6
Mandatory
Objectives of the course are to introduce students with exploration of stone deposits (natural stone and aggregate), their properties and usability.
Deposits of Building Raw Materials
27230
3.5
Elective
The aim of this course is to introduce students to mineral raw materials deposits of building materials. Special emphasis is placed on determining and defining the basic geological characteristics of deposits. Through the course, students will be introduced to the peculiarities of research, development, and exploitation on the examples of deposits of natural building stone, aggregate and gravel and sand for civil engineering purposes.
Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering
162768
3
Elective
Students will be acquainted with fundamentals of reservoir engineering.
Geological Mapping 2
27364
3
Elective
Expanding knowledge of geological mapping including application of modern methods for solving geological problems in geologically complex areas.
Methods in Sedimentary Petrology
27251
3
Elective
Introduction to and selective application of analytical methods in the investigation of lithified and non-lithified sediments and soils. Mastery of techniques and skills in investigation of sediments, sample preparation, quantitative and qualitative estimation of mineral composition, granulometry and morphometrics. Mastery of techniques and skills in interpretation, classification and presentation of the results, acquired by the methods of investigation of sediments.
Petroleum and Gas Drilling and Production
27219
3
Elective
Acquaintance of students with the basics of the technological process of making and equipping wells, as well as systems for the production and processing of hydrocarbons.
Quaternary Geology
27002
3
Elective
Introduction to Quaternary deposits in general and pointing the significance and importance of Quaternary rocks and phenomena for humanity.
Tectonic Geomorphology
27370
3
Elective
To acquire general theoretical knowledge, practical and analytical skills that are used in Tectonic Geomorphology in order to identify geomorphic markers and compute morphometric indicators that can be further used in qualitative and quantitative assessments of recent tectonic activity in the area.

Semester 3 - Luleå, Sweden

Course Course code ECTS
Geodata - from analysis to model
07ZZZK
7.5
GIS in geoscience
07021K
7.5
Ore genetic models
07009K
7.5
Quantitative interpretation of geophisical data
07023K
7.5

Semester 4 - ZAGREB, CROATIA

Course Course code ECTS Condition Objectives
Master Thesis
27235
25
Mandatory
The master thesis for the student aims to prove the ability of independent analysing and solving complex engineering tasks/problems in the field of geology related to the master thesis topic.
Regional Geology
27322
3
Mandatory
To acquire basic knowledge on geological structure, stratigraphic, depositional, magmatic, metamorphic and tectonic history of largescale geotectonic units and architecture of orogenic units forming the Earth.
Geology of Croatia
27000
5
Elective
Students will learn the geology of Croatia with the emphasis on the regional geological division.
Regional Petroleum Geology
27324
2
Elective
Students will be shown examples of the great discoveries and how were the most important parameters defined that made these discoveries happen. They will be then instructed how to find the relevant data on the Internet and how to make a short presentation of the most important conclusions drawn from the studied literature. Students will then have to write a seminar paper on a chosen subject – as a rule certain exploration object is to be taken and studied in detail. These themes will be freely chosen by students, based on the offered selection of exploration objects.

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