What is taught in mining

I asked myself this question when I started studying. I thought that right from the start I would learn about blasting, driving tracks, or mining and mining gold.

Unfortunately this is not the case. Every beginning is difficult and before you can deal with the fillet pieces you have to do some hard preparatory work. The schedule in the first few semesters basically doesn't have much to do with mining. Math, physics, chemistry, technical mechanics and electrical engineering can spoil the fun of studying. But it doesn't work without these basics! Every engineering student has to deal with it and learn these basics. You can't build a house without a foundation.

Mining is a very interdisciplinary science. You cannot offer an event like Mining I - IV and then say that the graduates are mining engineers. The mining engineer is characterized by a very wide range of knowledge in many disciplines. This includes, among other things, basic knowledge of geosciences, surveying, weather technology, conveyor technology and processing. All of these subject areas are integral parts of mining and are so complex in themselves that they are taught individually.

The entire organization of the lectures is done via StudIP.

All lectures are also posted in the respective institutes. Mostly in the entrance area in the showcases. It says when and where the lectures of the respective institute take place.

StudIP is an online platform for organizing lectures, exercises, tutorials and, in some cases, exams. In principle a social network within the university.

You can access the platform via the link above. There you can log in with your data center login (you will receive it with your matriculation documents; consisting of an abbreviation for your name and a password).

On the start page, the most important point is "My events“.

This menu item will fill up during the course of your studies and will organize your lectures, exercises and tutorials chronologically by semester.

To add a lecture, click on "Find / Add Events" and enter the name of the lecture, e.g. engineering mathematics or civil engineering. Once you have found the relevant lecture, you can follow the link to the details of the events. On the right side there is now the menu item “Register for the event”. You can then subscribe to this event and it will appear under “My Events” from then on. On the detail page you will find all the information you need:

Event room, times, lecturers, requirements, etc.

You can also use the tools in StudIP to create and print your timetable, add events, create an appointment calendar and contact the lecturers and other students.

You should look around the StudIP regularly to stay up to date on your lectures. If appointments are missed or other organizational matters need to be discussed, these will be regulated via StudIP.

Scripts and slides are also provided, assigned to the respective event (not always, but mostly).

You can also view your TU e-mail address via the StudIP and write e-mails (like any normal web-based e-mail address).

In the model timetable of the Bachelor's degree in Energy and Raw Materials - Energy and Raw Material Supply Technology, there are two elective subject areas, which are planned for the 5th and 6th semester.

The terms ERVT elective area and key qualification appear in which you have the opportunity to choose the subjects from a catalog yourself.

WPF ERVT and Key qualification

In the ERVT area, you deepen your knowledge of raw material distribution.

To complete the WPF ERVT, you have to choose subjects totaling 9 LP points, i.e. you have to choose as many subjects and successfully complete an examination that you achieve a total of at least 9 LP points.

For example, you can choose from the following subjects:

  • Chemical / technical thermodynamics
  • Basics of binders and building materials
  • Occupational safety, environmental and health protection.


Marketing: 3 LP points

Engineering geology: 3 CP points

Chemical Thermodynamics I: 4 CP point

Total: 10 LP points


Area II deepens your knowledge in the area of ​​key qualifications. The scope here is a total of 2 credit points and you can choose from the following subjects:

You should choose the subjects according to your interests and inclination. Of course, you can also do more than is required by the examination regulations. As a voluntary additional service, you can listen to other lectures from the elective area and take exams.This means that these lectures are recommended, but not mandatory for graduation. These exams are not included in your grade, but appear on your diploma if you have passed the degree.

The exact regulations are in the Regulations governing the implementation of the degree program.

On the website of the TU Clausthal. (Link)

Simple answer: no

Difficult answer: yes and no

It is not compulsory to study the course according to the model timetable. Basically, it is only important that you have mastered each intended subject by passing an examination at the end of your studies.

However, it is advisable to stick to the model timetable or at least to orientate yourself towards it. Many subjects build on one another and it is a lot more work if you don't have the tools to do a lecture.

In addition, there may be overlaps if, for example, you combine subjects from the 1st, 3rd and 5th semester. The lectures planned for the respective semester also fit together in such a way that there is no overlap, or at least it can be organized.

This is by no means the will of the university to make life difficult for you. But you will come across the basic subjects such as math, physics, technical mechanics and chemistry again and again. These subjects form the basis of any engineering training and practically represent your tool case.

A carpenter cannot build a table without a saw, plane and hammer. In this sense, you cannot become an engineer without having knowledge of these basic subjects.

Another reason that all of these subjects take place in the first four semesters is that experience has shown that they are the subjects with the highest failure rates and are considered to be the greatest hurdles. It would really make no sense if, for example, math is planned in the 5th semester, then you definitely fail this exam and are therefore de-registered. That would have wasted at least 2.5 years. But if you realize in the first or second semester that math is not going to be your best friend, you can take another path in good time.

This is in no way intended to be demotivating, but merely an explanation of why the first four semesters are designed in this way.

The times when exams or subjects were held on the basis of certificates are over. “Taking a certificate” meant that you could repeat an exam an infinite number of times and there was no grade, just “passed” or “failed”.

In the bachelor's degree you have 3 chances and one free attempt for each examination, effectively 4 attempts. If you did not pass the exam in the last attempt, then this exam is considered to be “definitely not passed” and you are not allowed to take an exam in this subject at a German university. The consequence of this is that you can no longer take a course that is dependent on this examination. In order to stay in your department anyway, you would have to switch to a university of applied sciences.

The four attempts are enough! The most common reasons for failing an exam is simply laziness or a lack of preparation.

Back to the question. The free attempt is an attempt that does not count towards your three attempts. It's kind of like shooting with blank cartridges. Nobody gets hurt. If you pass the free attempt, the exam is of course passed!

When you try an exam for the very first time, it is always your free attempt. Then comes the "1. Sharp ", then the" 2. Sharp "and finally the" 3. Sharp ”or the Minister. Here is a graphic overview.

The minister is the last chance to pass an exam. The ministerial examination is therefore the third, strict examination in a subject. In principle, it is nothing more than a normal test. It has the same content as the exams for the other students.

According to the internship regulations, 8 weeks in industry are required. For these 8 weeks you have to write an internship report and hand it in at the internship office. Without completing the compulsory internship (and submitting the reports) you cannot be admitted to the bachelor thesis.

Exact regulations can be found in the Internship Policy.

However, it is advisable to do as much internship as possible. Even if the training is called “practice-oriented” or “practical”, every additional internship is “gold worth”. Companies repeatedly criticize the practical suitability of graduates. And let's be honest: What do you want to learn in 8 weeks?

Mining is an extremely manual and “learning by doing” work environment. There is so much content that no lecture or exercise can convey to you, but that you can only learn in an internship. If the professor is at the front and tells you about roadheaders, route expansion or the problems in the face, then there is usually little to do with it. If you haven't even seen it, then you have no idea what it really is!

As a further incentive it can be said that internships in mining are well paid.

The diligent training serves to impart mining and mining skills and knowledge and thus to gain an impression of the various branches of mining. The process is as follows:

You apply to the Mining Authority to be included in the files of the zealous and have to work a total of 120 shifts (i.e. work 120 days), which is divided into 80 layers of basic training and 40 layers of advanced training, until the end of your "training". During this time you have to keep a "shift diary" in which you write down what you did during your shift every day. In addition, a trip to the pit and a written paper until the end of your apprenticeship are part of it. As soon as you have received the certificate from the Mining Authority that you have been “accepted as a Belissener”, you apply for an internship as a zealous worker in the usual way. The exact procedure is regulated in the ordinances of the mining authorities, for example for the mining authority Saxony.

Since I myself am diligent, I can also help you here with questions.

What are the advantages of this training?

In addition to the additional qualification, which looks particularly good on your résumé, you can prove practical experience in various mining companies. Another incentive is the remuneration, which is usually much higher than if you were applying as a "normal" intern. ;-) In addition, companies keep special places free for those who are motivated, so that the chance of being accepted is higher.

Ideally, you should have already done an internship before starting your studies. However, it is not mandatory. Otherwise, I can only recommend that you do your first internship as early as possible. Why not in the first semester break after the 1st semester?

An extreme case would be, for example, that you study civil engineering for 4 or 5 semesters but have never been underground. You do your first internship and realize: "Damn, I just can't get on with the underground world, that's not for me!" Certainly an awkward situation….

There is a “exam-free time” between each semester. During this time, as the name suggests, no exams or exams are written.

Usually these are the months of August and March. These two months are particularly suitable for internships, as you won't miss anything during this time. Lecture series often end earlier or start later, so that you can, for example, start your internship in mid-July or work shifts until mid-April.

You can find the exact semester dates on the TUC website.

In order to plan an internship, you should find a place at an early stage. In some cases, the companies have a lead time of one to six months (in the case of the K + S Group). As soon as the exam dates are published (website of the examination office), you can see when you have which exams and plan your internship accordingly. Usually the exam dates are also announced in the first lecture of a subject. If this is not the case, just ask the lecturer.

In Germany we have a few mining companies where you can do an internship.

There are the following large companies:

  • MIBRAG (open-cast lignite mining)
  • RWE Power (open-cast lignite mining)

There are also a number of specialty mining companies that you could do an internship with.

  • Deilmann-Haniel Shaft Sinking

With the specialist companies, however, it is not guaranteed that you will get underground. If these companies do not have an underground construction site at the time of your application, or no reasonable space for you, then you may either get a rejection or end up in the office.

You can find more details on this in our Internship exchange.

I would say that this is a point that sets Clausthal University of Technology apart from other universities. Here in Clausthal it is much more personal and familiar than e.g. at the University of Cologne.

If you have problems with a subject, contact the relevant lecturer as early as possible. Talk to the tutors or the academic staff at the respective institute. There are always ways and means to help you.

Do not forgive yourself, but seek contact!

In principle it is possible. Talk to your respective lecturer and the examination office.

Your studies are voluntary. In most cases, you don't have to go to the lectures. However, there are events where participation is compulsory and your absence leads to failure. Events requiring attendance are e.g. the seminar in the 5th semester. In general, it is of course recommended to go to the lectures!

The TUC-Card is your student ID, your library ID (for the university library) and your cafeteria card in one. So you should always carry it with you. You can get it at the info point or the student secretariat. It has to be extended every semester, which you can do conveniently at the machine under the stairs in the main building after you have paid your tuition fees.

At the beginning of each semester you will receive mail from the university, which contains not only certificates of enrollment, a student ID card in paper form, but also a transfer slip. Everything is already filled in on this, i.e. how much you have to / may pay for the coming semester, next to it there is a small slip on which the date for payment is noted.

You should definitely keep this date!

For a few years now, all Bachelor / Master students have been registering for exams online.
To do this, you need a password, which you can get at the Infopoint. You can use it to register for exams here.
In addition to registering and de-registering for exams, you will also be given an overview of your previous grades.

It is important that you meet the deadlines for registering and deregistering. The deadline ends 2 weeks before the exam to register and ends 1 week before the exam to de-register.
If you want / have to take an oral exam, you have to register online for the subject, and you have to get an appointment with the respective lecturer and inform the examination office.

This topic is a bit more extensive and is beyond the scope of this FAQ. If you want to know how it works with the bachelor thesis, just come to one of our office hours at the institute.

All public events and excursions will be announced in the Mining Institute in the showcases in the entrance area.

Check back here regularly to stay up to date.

Public means that these events or excursions do not take place as part of a lecture.