Master of Science in Technology
Study field
LUT School of Energy Systems
120 ECTS credits
2 years
Form of study
Contact teaching
Start date
When to apply
Regular admission
1 December 2022–18 January 2023
Tuition fee
EUR 13 500/academic year (non EU/EEA students). Early bird discount and scholarships available.

A common belief 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 and the economy has a sustainable foundation.

A circular economy aims to keep products, materials and other resources at their highest utility and value. It is a regenerative system that minimises waste and emissions by slowing down, closing and narrowing material and energy loops. The ultimate aim is to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite natural resources. Ideally, the system in which resources are endlessly circulated into goods and services is waste-free and organised in a socially fair way.

In this Master's programme, you will learn how to save resources in different situations by, for example, replacing goods with services, creating sharing economy-based solutions and extending product life cycles. You will also learn how to measure environmental and social impacts of different activities. The role of business is central in a circular economy, 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.



Study objectives


Improving resource efficiency is an important step towards a circular economy. Courses of this Master's programme explain how the principles of a circular economy can be applied in different contexts and situations.

You will learn how circularity can provide added value to companies, how more efficient material cycles can be designed and implemented and how individuals and communities can be included in the development of solutions.

You will acquire:

  • professional skills in the circular economy: you will understand the requirements of a system-level change to minimise environmental impacts
  • competence to apply 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
  • a capacity to understand the complex interdependencies between local and global developments
  • skills to utilise multidisciplinary approaches at work.

Degree structure and studies


The Master's Programme in Circular Economy takes two years. 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. Read more in the study guide.



Career prospects


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 jobs in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new job opportunities.








Graduates from this programme are typically employed as environmental specialists in consulting companies, sustainability specialists in product or business development, experts in urban planning, environmental managers or officers in industry or government administration, sustainability or safety specialists in industry, and researchers in research institutes or universities.

You will also have a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.



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