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SINReM is a 2-year master programme (120 ECTS credits) leading 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 innovation and entrepreneurship knowledge. SINReM is part of the International Training Centre of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University and the EIT RawMaterials Academy.

1st year

During the first semester at Ghent University, students are taken through the value chain of raw materials, and are introduced to the sustainability challenges of the circular economy. Students learn to develop novel technologies to recover and extract precious metals and raw materials from waste streams and learn to create new technologies to mine materials in a sustainable way. Students take a 2-weeks course at TU Freiberg in September.

During the second semester at Uppsala University, students are trained in entrepreneurship and are stimulated to excel in creativity with a entrepreneurial mindset and innovative problem-based technology development skills. All students move as a cohort between all three partner universities in the first year which has significant networking and social cohesion advantages.

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2nd year

Students choose between 4 majors in their second year.

  • Resource recovery and sustainable materials (Ghent University). Students gain a deep understanding of the resource recovery from waste streams, sustainable materials and sustainable technologies.
  • Circular societies (Ghent University). Students specialize in re-engineering the value chain, designing sustainable processes, systems and new business models for evolving towards a circular society.
  • Georesource exploration (Uppsala University). Students increase their skills and knowledge in novel georesource exploration technologies.
  • Sustainable processes (TU Freiberg). Students receive extensive insights into sustainable chemical and biotechnological processes in mining.

Programme overview

2020 -2021

Master year 1 (60 ECTS)

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*housing in Freiberg is arranged by the SINReM programme during this 2-week course and is included in the programme cost

**continued in the 2nd semester by blended learning

Master year 2 (60 ECTS)

Choose a major of 15 ECTS by combining the mandatory courses with electives. The master thesis (30 ECTS) is to be taken at the same university as your major (15 ECTS). The Training in Industry (internship, 10 ECTS) can be taken at another partner university. Literature Study & Business Plan (5 ECTS) is offered during summer between the 1st and 2nd year at Freiberg.

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