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, specialisation, minor and elective studies.

Core studies (28-34 ECTS credits) deal with an introduction to circular economy, challenges of sustainability, and the food-energy-water nexus.

Specialisation studies (59 ECTS credits) deal with sustainability science and individual sectors of the circular economy, such as the biological and technical cycle in a circular economy, transportation, and solid waste management technology.

The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.

Minor studies (min. 20 ECTS credits) can be selected from any minor subjects offered by LUT Master's programmes. Minor studies in Energy Technology or Industrial Engineering and Management are recommended.

Elective studies recommended for the programme are e.g. Advanced Course in LCA (7 ECTS credits), Air Pollution Control (6 ECTS credits), Introduction to Business and Sustainability (3 ECTS credits), or Business and Sustainability (6 ECTS credits).

You can find the most recent information about courses and degree structures in the LUT study guide.

Circular Economy

Master of Science in Technology

120 ECTS credits

2 years

Start date
August 2021


Tuition fees and scholarships
EUR 10 000 Non-EU/EEA students
Scholarships available

Academic unit
LUT School of Energy Systems


Regular application period
1 December 2020 − 20 January 2021

Rolling admission
1 October 2020 − 31 May 2021