Urban Mining, MSc


Area of Studies

engineering, technology



Degree (in English)


  • English
Course Duration

4 semesters

ECTS points




Tuition and Other Fees

Tuition fee: 2000 EUR per semester

Application fee: 20 EUR

Application Deadline(s)

Non-EU/EFTA students see: www.admission.pwr.edu.pl EU/EFTA students see: www.rekrutacja.pwr.edu.pl

Course Description

Course Profile

Urban mining (UM) is recovering valuable raw materials from used products (e.g., vehicles, electronic equipment), installations, buildings, and various manufactured infrastructures. It is a method of recycling secondary raw materials which sees valuable deposits wherever people have left a trace of their activity. Mines for urban mining are all human creations that are no longer used. Although urban mining appeared in scientific terminology as early as the 1980s, the phenomenon it describes is today one of the more rapidly spreading global trends. Urban mining constitutes an interdisciplinary research area, covering different methods to extract valuable substances from anthropogenic wastes. The graduate has knowledge and skills in the field of engineering and technical sciences, i.e., to: » identify and assess raw material potentials from the anthropogenic waste stream from the current streams as well as from old deposits; » assess the basic parameters of the use of these potentials in terms of quality and quantity, taking into account the zero-waste and low-emission strategy; » plan detailed processing tests, taking into account physical, chemical, and biological processes necessary in terms of social demand for these raw materials, using good practices of the circular economy;

Education Requirements

Requirements: secondary school certificate, received after the completion of a recognized secondary school (12 years of education in total), being the equivalent of Polish Matriculation certificate. Each application is assessed individually on its merits. If in doubt, please contact an Admission Officer, e-mail: admission@pwr.edu.pl


Admission Office: admission@pwr.edu.pl


Wrocław University of Science and Technology


Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27
50-370 Wrocław, Poland

phone: +48 71 320 37 19
email: admission@pwr.edu.pl
www: http://www.pwr.edu.pl