International Master of Science in Sustainable and
Innovative Natural Resource Management


This 2-year programme contains 120 ECTS credit units and leads to the joint diploma of International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management and awards the EIT label.

Language of instruction: English

All students will be moving as a cohort to Gent, Freiberg and Uppsala in the first year, which approach has significant networking and social cohesion advantages. During this first year, students are introduced to the value chain, management of natural resources, the circular economy, its economic, policy and legal aspects, inventory techniques, the clean technology concept and life cycle assessment tools to assess sustainability of products, services and processes. Moreover, students are exposed to a basic training in the different technological tools that can be used to intervene in different parts of the value chain (geo-resource exploration, sustainable (chemical) extraction processes, sustainable materials and resource recovery technology).

1 – General Courses

 Ghent University   22
No.CourseSemesterInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
1Introduction to the Circular Economy, Economics and Management of Natural Resources1Stijn Speelman1654
2Clean Technology1Jo Dewulf1955
3Environmental Inventory Techniques1Marc Van Meirvenne1053
4Rational Use of Materials1Kim Verbeken1955
5Resource Recovery Technologies*1 & 2Tom Hennebel1955
* Blended learning

TU Bergakademie Freiberg   18
No.CourseSemesterInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
1Problems and Innovations in the Process Chain of Rare Resources1Dirk Tischler1804
2Literature Review and Business Plan1Kristina Wopat1955
3Resources Chemistry1 & 2Martin Bertau4059

Uppsala University   30
No.CourseSemesterInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
1Georesource exploration and characterisation2Abigail Barker1955
2Raw Materials Network Seminar2Thomas Lennerfors1955
3Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and IPR2Göran Lindström39010
Elective courses (pick one for 5 ECTS)
4Environmental Assessment2Kevin Bisschop1955
5Physical–Chemical Properties of Rocks, Minerals and Materials2Alireza Malehmir1955

2 – Majors

Choose 1 major from the following list.

Georesource Exploration - Uppsala University     5

List of elective courses.

Resource Recovery and Sustainable Materials - Ghent University   5

In this major, students can work for their MSc thesis on the development of novel recycling technologies and integrated resource recovery processes (zero waste concepts), the development of novel, more sustainable materials and the application and development of tools to assess the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of technologies, products, services and processes involved. Next to the thesis, they can subscribe to 15 credit units of elective courses related to the topic of the major from all other (English-taught) master programmes at UGent (selection of courses subject to approval by the programme responsible and SINReM management board). List of elective courses.

Sustainable Processes – TU Bergakademie Freiberg    5

List of elective courses.

3 – Internship

Choose 1 internship from the following list.

Work Placement   
No.CourseSemesterInstructorStudy hoursCredits
1Training in Industry I3 & 4Dirk Tischler40510
2Training in Industry II3& 4Dirk Tischler60015
Subject to approval by the faculty. All internships are coördinated by TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

4 – Master’s Dissertation

To be taken at the institution that offers the chosen major.

Master Dissertation   
No.CourseSemesterInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
1Master Dissertation3 & 4120030
To be taken at the institution that offers the chosen major.