M.Sc. Sustainability Engineering and Management

Linköping University

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The Sustainability Engineering and Management master’s programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource effectiveness and sustainability.

It is a well-known fact that economic development and human welfare largely rely on accessibility of raw materials and energy. However, the exploitation of such natural resources generates many environmental implications such as climate change, resource scarcity and uncontrolled dispersal of various hazardous substances. In times of global environmental problems and concerns about long-term availability of natural resources such as metals and minerals, incentives for using materials and energy in a more intelligent and efficient way are increasing among governments, companies and other organisations.

McKinsey, one of the largest management consultancy firms worldwide, strains the urgent need for a resource revolution. The aim is to address anticipated economic and political implications of resource scarcity, steadily increasing pollution levels from primary production and unevenly distributed natural resources among regions. Companies are thus facing the challenge of delivering increasing amounts of products and services while at the same time preventing depletion of natural resources, cutting costs and contributing to a sustainable society.

This master’s programme offers a unique knowledge profile and aims at training future engineers that can contribute to such a societal transition towards a more efficient use of natural resources. More specifically, you will learn how to combine a multidisciplinary system perspective with skills in modern environmental and energy engineering. With such proactive and holistic approaches, environmental problems can often be significantly limited or even entirely prevented without jeopardizing human well-being.

The programme combines the perspectives of two research groups - Energy Systems and Environmental Technology and Management - at the Department of Management and Engineering. These groups deal with system solutions and state-of-the-art research in areas such as: renewable energy and biofuels, energy efficiency, waste management, urban and landfill mining, corporate environmental management and integrated product-service offerings. Several renewable energy solutions are already implemented in the region which means that you will get the opportunity to see how such environmental technology works in practice. Moreover, there is a national research excellence centre on biogas production and utilisation located at the university that involves a wide network of academic, industry-related and public actors.

The programme's first semester features introductory courses in environmental engineering and energy systems, as well as in traditional engineering topics such as product development and project management. Semesters two and three involve specialisation in concepts, strategies and methods for obtaining a more efficient use of materials and energy, on the firm, inter-firm and societal levels. These semesters also include courses on the development and implementation of sustainability concepts and strategies such as Innovative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Examples of courses within the programme are: Energy Systems, Large Technical Systems and the Environment, Energy Systems Analysis, Innovative Entrepreneurship, Biofuels for Transportation, Industrial Ecology, Management Systems and Sustainability, Innovation Management and Resource Efficient Products. The programme concludes with a 30 ECTS degree project in the fourth semester.

Career opportunities

Environmental engineering, including renewable energy solutions, is one of the fastest growing business sectors in Sweden as well as in many other countries. The Sustainability Engineering and Management programme qualifies students for engineering positions in companies and authorities dealing with energy consulting, investment strategies, development of local and regional systems for energy distribution and generation, development of new products and services, renewable energy, environmental consulting, waste management and recycling and strategic environmental management. Several former students have also chosen a career within academia, pursuing PhD studies at Linköping University or at other universities throughout the world.

Degree: Master of Science with a major in Mechanical Engineering


Course details

Year : 2015

Study Programme : SUS

Specialisation : SUS

Course name
  • Project Management and Organization
  • Large Technical Systems and the Environment
  • Product Development
  • Project Management and Organization
  • Management Systems and Sustainability
  • Energy Systems


Programme specific requirements

Applicants shall have:

  • a bachelor's degree with a major in an engineering subject
  • at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics relevant to the program

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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