The assumption is that increasing economic growth produces enough surplus to deal with arising adverse environmental impacts. The system, however, keeps alive only if sufficient resources are available in circuit and the economy has a sustainable foundation.
The circular economy aims to keep products, materials and other resources at their highest utility and value. The aim is to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite natural resources by closing the loops of product life cycles. Ideally, the system in which resources are endlessly circulated into goods and services is waste-free and powered by renewable energy systems.
In this Master's programme, you will learn how to save resources in different situations by, for example, replacing goods with services by increasing the utilisation of information technology. You will also learn to create sharing economy-based solutions which are built on the abilities of individuals and communities.
In addition, you will learn how different bio-based solutions may help us to construct systems without waste. In a circular economy, the role of business is central, and you will also learn about the dynamics of sustainable business models.
The programme is well suited for people already in the working world because its face-to-face contact instruction mainly consists of intensive periods on Thursdays and Fridays.
Improving resource efficiency is an important step towards a circular economy.
A circular economy is a regenerative system which aims to minimise waste, emissions and energy use by slowing down, closing and narrowing material and energy loops. Its purpose is to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite resources.
In this Master's programme, you will learn how to improve resource efficiency through, for example, improved design for material recovery and remanufacturing.
You will learn how a circular economy can provide added value to companies, how material cycles can be created to be more effective, how a sharing economy can be applied and how individuals and communities can give added value to solutions.
You will acquire:
- professional skills in the circular economy: you will understand the requirements of a systematic change and technical possibilities of industrial, service, community, and primary production processes and systems to minimise environmental impacts;
- competence in applying theories to enable the shift from a linear model to a circular economy;
- knowledge to introduce new operational models into a society and to innovate new technical and organisational solutions to sustainability challenges; you will also be able to explain the complex interdependencies of both local and global environmental problems;
- skills to work in multidisciplinary environments – after completing the studies, you will have good competencies to work in international and multidisciplinary environments.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Circular Economy is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core, advanced specialisation, minor and elective studies as well as a Master's thesis.
The Master's programme prepares you to work as a professional in the circular economy in a wide range of jobs focusing primarily on sustainable business and production.
As a graduate, you may find employment in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new employment opportunities.
Typical jobs for graduates from this programme are environmental specialist in a consulting company, sustainability specialist in product development, sustainability specialist in urban planning, environmental manager in an industrial enterprise, environmental officer for a government authority, sustainability specialist in the construction industry , environmental and safety specialist in industry, researcher in a research institute, municipal environmental manager etc.
You will also have a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.
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