International Master 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.

Academic Year 2016-2017

(Programme jointly offered by Ghent University, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Uppsala University).
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).

Each student will incorporate 15 ECTS of interorganisational mobility to the non-academic sector – e.g. as internship and part of the work on the master thesis.

1 – General Courses

1.1 - Ghent University       22
1Introduction to the Circular Economy, Economics and Management of Natural Resources11LA01Stijn Speelman451204
2Clean Technology11LA11Jo Dewulf601355
3Environmental Inventory Techniques11LA12Marc Van Meirvenne30753
4Rational Use of Materials11TW10Kim Verbeken451505
5Resource Recovery Technologies*11LA06Tom Hennebel601505
*Academic year 2018-2019: This course is organised through blended learning. Web-based learning materials / video lectures are provided, linked to an assignment on which the students should have the opportunity to work throughout the year and defending their outcome in front of a jury (composed by members of the academic and non-academic sector) in June during their stay in Freiberg for the Resources Chemistry course.

1.2 - TU Bergakademie Freiberg       18
1Problems and Innovations in the Process Chain of Rare Resources11FREIBE01Dirk Tischler601204
2Resources ChemistryJ1FREIBE01Martin Bertau1352709
3Literature Review and Business Plan12FREIBE01Kristina Wopat451505

1.3 - Uppsala University       25
1Georesource exploration and characterisation21UPPSAL01Abigail Barker451505
2Raw Materials Network Seminar21UPPSAL01Ulricka Persson-Fischier451505
3Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and IPR21UPPSAL01Göran Lindström9030010

1.3.1 - Elective courses       5
1Environmental Assessment21UPPSAL01Kevin Bisschop451505
2Physical–Chemical Properties of Rocks, Minerals and Materials21UPPSAL01Alireza Malehmir451505
3African Mineral Resources: the science and politics of sustainable extraction of mineral resources (academic year 2018-2019)*21451505
Subscribe to 5 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.
Academic year 2018-2019: This elective course will be organised in cooperation with two lecturers of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

2 – Majors

Subscribe to 1 major from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.

2.1 - Georesource Exploration - Uppsala University     5

2.2 - 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).

2.3 - Sustainable Processes – TU Bergakademie Freiberg    5

3 – Work Placement

Subscribe to maximum 1 internship from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.

Work Placement*         
1Training in Industry IJ2FREIBE01Dirk Tischler601205
2Training in Industry IIJ2FREIBE01Dirk Tischler10530010
3Training in Industry IIIJ2FREIBE01Dirk Tischler15045015
Subject to approval by the faculty. All internships are coördinated by TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
*Academic year 2018-2019: For the academic year 2018-2019 an 10-ECTS internship in the non-academic sector is mandatory and applies for every student.

4 – Master’s Dissertation

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

Master's Dissertation         
1Master's DissertationJ230090030
To be taken at the institution that offers the chosen major.