This 2-year programme contains 120 ECTS credit units towards the joint diploma of International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management. Students graduating from the programme are also awarded the EIT Label Certificate, demonstrating their achieved innovation capacity and entrepreneurship skills.
Students are taken through the value chain of raw materials, and introduced to the sustainability challenges of the circular economy. They learn to apply and develop novel technologies to recover and extract precious metals and raw materials from waste streams, to create new technologies to mine materials in a more sustainable way, and to explore new resources. They are trained in sustainability assessment. During the semester in Uppsala all students also receive training in entrepreneurship and innovation management.
All students move as a cohort between all three partner universities in the first year which has significant networking and social cohesion advantages. (full programme below).
Students can choose between four majors in their second year:
- Georesource Exploration at Uppsala University (Sweden): in this major, the students increase their skills and knowledge in novel georesource exploration technologies.
- Sustainable Processes at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany): in this major, the students learn to apply and develop novel, more sustainable chemical and biotechnological processes for extraction of valuable resources from (low-grade) ores and wastes.
- Resource Recovery and Sustainable Materials at Ghent University (Belgium): this major focuses on the application and development of recycling technologies and the development of more sustainable materials, e.g., by using waste as a resource or by substituting less sustainable materials components, so that natural resources are not depleted or permanently damaged.
- Sustainable Societies at Ghent University (Belgium): this major focuses on re-engineering the value chain, designing sustainable processes, systems and new business models for evolving towards a circular society. Therefore, data on e.g. flows of materials within the society are collected, analysed, and processed, and the sustainability of these novel processes and systems is assessed. Prevention of waste generation is targeted, and generated wastes are explored as potential new resources.
Master year 1 (60 ECTS)
Housing is arranged by the SINReM programme during the 3-week course and is included in the programme cost.
Master year 2 (60 ECTS)
Choose a major wtih 15 ECTS electives. Master thesis (30 ECTS) to be taken at same university as major & internship (10 ECTS). Literature Review & Business Plan (5 ECTS) is given during summer.