Critical Metals and Minerals

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MP022

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 26 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

90 credits in science/engineering (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, earth sciences, 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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the background of the concept of critical metals and minerals, and their selection as such within an EU perspective
  • describe the most important critical metal minerals, key metallogenetic processes responsible for the formation of deposits of critical metals and minerals, and their geological context
  • evaluate geological constraints on global critical metal and mineral supply responses
  • explain the demand and applications for these metals, and motivate their exploration and mining in a European context


This course provides an overview of the principles of classification and assessment of critical metals and minerals and their application globally, and specifically within the EU. The "Peak metal" concept will feature. The supply of critical metals and minerals will be discussed. The mineralogy of critical metals, the metallogenetic context of present and near-future deposit types for critical metals and minerals, as well as deposit classification and distribution, will be covered. Problems surroinding substitution and recycling potential will be discussed.

Individual student projects are focused on certain types of critical metal and mineral deposits, their character and origin, and include evaluating their present and future potential.


Lectures, individual project work, seminars, practicals, literature studies.


Written and oral presentations of an individual project (2 credits), active participation/feedback during seminars (1 credit), and a home-exam (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.