M.Sc. Resource Recovery - Sustainable Engineering

University of Boras

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,388 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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As the Earths population rises and the global demand for consumable products increases, the amount of waste produced and energy consumed world-wide through both production and consumption is on an alarming rise. As more and more companies look for methods of making this cycle sustainable, the services of an appropriately qualified engineer become very attractive. The objective of the Masters Programme in Sustainable Engineering is to increase your competence in developing and applying systems and technology for producing renewable energy and materials from wastes. You will be well prepared for future research and will also achieve a broader competence in Sustainability. The challenges for engineers and scientists within this field are therefore enormous. With some exceptions, the traditional way of land-filling is not longer an acceptable solution if the aim is a sustainable use of natural resources. It is also of great importance to reduce the green house effects by replacing fossil fuels with bio-fuels. Besides the environmental aspects, the economical values of the waste as well as economical and technical conditions have to be considered. Content The programme is aimed at providing you with skills and knowledge to be able to develop and introduce sustainable systems and technology in the material, energy and recycling sectors. The central focus of the programme is resource management and recycling of materials. The programme also aims at preparing you for PhD studies. A broad spectrum of different areas of engineering will be studied. To analyze and compare different alternatives of waste treatment, life cycle assessment becomes an important tool. Skills in oral and written presentations are also vital, if ideas and thoughts are to be communicated and applied successfully. The studies are strongly connected to the research areas bioethanol, biogas, biopolymers and energy recovery.

Career prospectsThe central focus of the programme is recovery of energy and materials and recycling of materials. The education also aims at preparing the student for PhD studies.


Study year 1
Unless otherwise stated, a course comprises 7.5 ECTS credits.

* Resource Recovery
* Energy Recovery Processes
* Energy Recovery - Thermal Treatment
* Modelling of Combustion Processes - Theory and Application
* Life Cycle Assessment
* Biofuels and Biological Treatments of Wastes
* Process Design - Energy Carrier Production, 15 ECTS

Study year 2

* Degree Thesis, 60 ECTS. The degree thesis, 60 ECTS, includes a series of seminars in theory of science and scientific methods comprehending 4 ECTS.


* Bachelor's degree, 180 credits, in Engineering with a specialisation in Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, Energy or Civil Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or equivalent.
* Courses in Thermodynamics.
* Verified knowledge of English corresponding to the course English B/6 in the Swedish Upper Secondary School or a Bachelor's degree from a university in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland or Iceland.

English language profiency
Documentation of English language proficiency
There are 3 main ways to fulfill English proficiency requirements:
Approved English language tests
English from upper secondary/high school that meet requirements
English from previous university studies that meet requirements

1. English language tests
Please note: These results are applicable from 1 December, 2010

The following language tests and minimum scores are accepted by University of Borås as proof of English language proficiency:

* IELTS (academic modules), an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
You should send a copy of your IELTS test results to University Studies in Sweden, FE1, SE-833 83, Stroemsund, SWEDEN. They will verify your results online.

* TOEFL (paper based): Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575
* TOEFL (Internet based): Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90

All TOEFL tests must be sent straight from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code of University Studies in Sweden is Sweden 9520. You must provide this code in order for your results to be reported to University Studies.

NB! TOEFL Examinee Score Records are not accepted.

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
(Cambridge ESOL) If you have one of the following certificates or diploma you fulfil the English proficiency requirements

* Certificate in Advanced English
* Diploma of English Studies
* Certificate of Proficiency

2. English proficiency from upper secondary/high school
If you have an upper secondary school exam/high school degree from any of the following countries, you might fulfil the English proficiency requirements:

Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Cameroon, Denmark, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zeeland, Nigeria, Norway, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

3. English proficiency from previous university studies
Students with a Bachelor's degree from a internationally recognised university where English is the only language of instruction, in accordance with the recommendations in the latest edition of WHED´s International Handbook of Universities.

Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) where English is the main subject.

Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) in Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science or Technology from India or Pakistan.

Students with 30 higher education (HE) credits from a Nordic country where the language of instruction of the course is English.

Students with a formal transcript or degree certificate where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction was English. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


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