African Mineral Resources: The Science and Politics of Sustainable Extraction of Mineral Resources, 5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 27 February 2023

    End date: 19 March 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-68610 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: 27 January 2023 – 26 February 2023

Entry requirements: 90 credits in science/engineering (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, earth science, computer science, material science), including 15 credits in mathematics or physics and 10 credits in chemistry. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,083

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,083

About the course

The demand for minerals and metals is likely to grow as increasing numbers of people join the middle class. It is likely that many of these resources will come from regions that are currently under-explored, such as Africa. Africa hosts significant resources of chrome, copper, diamonds, gold, iron, manganese, platinum group elements, rare earth elements and vanadium. The course will cover scientific issues, such as the genesis of African ore bodies and exploration strategies; as well as the social, environmental, economic and political issues. The course will make extensive use of case histories.

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Department of Earth Sciences

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