Official Master's Degree in Mineral Resources and Geological Hazards


The master's degree in Mineral Resources and Geological Risks is offered jointly by the University of Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with two specialisations:

  • Geology and Modelling of Mineral Deposits
  • Geological Risks

The specialisation in Geology and Modelling of Mineral Deposits trains up professionals with great expertise in the various magmatic, hydrothermal, metamorphic and sedimentary processes that create the different types of mineral deposits, and who are able to apply this knowledge to prospecting. It also gives training in the latest quantitative methods for characterising and evaluating mineral resources.

The specialisation in Geological Risks trains students in the different techniques of cartography, analysis, treatment, modelling and risk assessment of potentially destructive geological phenomena and processes. It also gives training in the methods and techniques currently used in the different strategies for mitigating geological risks.

Key features

Master's Dissertation
Students work individually and independently on the Master's Dissertation, which allows them to show that they can integrate the course content and the competences acquired throughout the master's programme. The study load is equivalent to 20 ECTS credits and the time available is 5 to 6 months. Assessment of the Master's Dissertation is based on a written report and two oral presentations in public.

UB Coordinator: Neus Otero Pérez (
UAB Coordinator: Joan Bach (

Career options

Career options vary according to the specialisation chosen.
  • In that of Geology and Modelling of Mineral Deposits there is demand for research and prospecting of natural resources, mainly industrial minerals and rocks. This demand is from private companies in this sector, both national and international, and also from some public institutions.
  • With regard to Geological Risks, there is a growing demand for specialists in this field to work on assessment and prevention of geological risks. Certain Public Institutions have projects in this area, for example, the Geological Institute of Catalonia has a project under way on scale 1:25.000 cartography, Geotreball VI. Map for the prevention of geological risks, of which several sheets are completed each year.


Faculty: Faculty of Science
Coordinator university: University of Barcelona
Other participating universities: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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