M.Sc. Sustainable Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Stockholm, Sweden
The Master’s programme Sustainable Technology is based on the concept of Industrial Ecology with focus on the understanding of interactions between technical, economic, social and ecological systems and processes. Industrial ecology is an interdisciplinary framework for designing and operating industrial systems as living systems interdependent with natural systems. It seeks to balance environmental and economic performance within an emerging understanding of local and global ecological constraints.
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Description of Sustainable Technology

The Sustainable Technology courses in the programme cover a range of interdisciplinary subjects such as Industrial Ecology, System Analysis and Perspectives, Transition Theories, Cleaner Production, Ecosystem Performance, Ecological Economics, Industrial Symbiosis, Environmental Management, Circular Economy, etc. The students are introduced to tools and knowledge that will enable them to apply technology in a more sustainable way.

The pedagogical concept applied in the learning process is to work with projects, best practice and case studies; consequently considerable effort is put into training students in discussion, methods for critical analysis and written and oral presentations. It is also a high priority to link courses and projects to practical experience through cooperation with companies, institutions and public authorities.

Career prospects

Students graduating from the Master’s programme Sustainable Technology have a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills adapted to work with sustainable development, both in the private and public sectors. Our students obtain positions as environmental consultants, advisors to local or regional authorities in planning and implementation processes or as officers in government agencies, but also as environmental managers and advisors in both public and private companies. In view of the growing awareness of the need to build more long-term sustainable societies, graduates from the programme will have the skills to become key players in the development of strategies for a sustainable future.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

Citizens of a country outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees: 145 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) per academic year (60 ECTS)

Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

Mandatory courses

  • Environmental System Analysis and Decision-making
  • Introduction Industrial Ecology, larger course
  • Technology and Ecosystems, Larger Course
  • Research Methodology and Theory of Science

Conditionally elective courses

  • Waste Management
  • Cleaner Production
  • Applied Ecology
  • Ecological Economics
Year 2

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Industrial Ecology, Second Cycle

Conditionally elective courses

  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Management II, Advanced Course
  • Technology and Sustainable Development
  • Smart Cities and Climate Mitigation Strategies- Project Based

Requirements for Sustainable Technology

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) of at least 180 ECTS. Specific requirements as specified by each Master’s programme.

Work Experience for Sustainable Technology

No work experience is required.

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Sweden KTH Royal Institute of Technology has served as one of Europe’s key centres of innovation and intellectual talent for almost two hundred years. Recognized as Sweden’s most prestigious technical university, KTH is also the country’s oldest and largest. With over 18,000 students and an international reputation for excellence, the university continues to nurture the world’s brightest minds, helping to shape the future.

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