Intended learning outcomes

Improving resource efficiency is an important step towards a circular economy.

A circular economy is a regenerative system which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value while minimising 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 to promote the circular economy, including issues such as design to recover materials, design for disassembly, design for cleaner material flows and design for remanufacturing. This all can decrease waste and reduce energy use.

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.

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 be able to:

  • understand the necessity of a circular economy;
  • understand the requirements of a systematic change;
  • apply theories to enable the shift from a linear model to a circular economy;
  • apply theories based on the circular economy approach to design more sustainable products;
  • apply theories to integrate a sharing economy into a society;
  • recognise the most significant environmental impacts of products and processes and their importance in terms of business;
  • assess the technical possibilities of industrial, service, community, and primary production processes and systems to minimise environmental impacts;
  • explain the complex interdependencies of both local and global environmental problems;
  • adopt and innovate new technical solutions to develop the environmental sector.

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