KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sustainable Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.

Sustainable Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The 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.


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.

Programme Structure

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

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Transdisciplinary Approaches for System Innovations
  • Environmental Modelling
  • Cleaner Production
  • Material and Energy Flow Accounting for Cleaner Production
  • Environmental Management
  • Ecological Economics

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Industrial Ecology, Second Cycle

Conditionally elective courses

  • Sustainable Food Production and Consumption
  • Waste Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Environmental Management II
  • Smart Cities and Climate Mitigation Strategies- Project Based
  • Sustainable Development in Developing Countries
Degree project and thesis

After completing all course work, students are assigned a degree project which will take a period of six months’ study. The project may be carried out in either an academic environment (university, research institute, or equivalent), or in a public or industrial setting (municipality, city, power plant, consulting agency or other industry/business). While suitable degree project topics may be proposed and assigned by programme lecturers, or by specialists from related industries/businesses, students are encouraged to define relevant projects on their own, and to seek environments in which these can be successfully carried out.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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To be considered eligible for the programme you must fulfil both the general and specific admission requirements. The general admission requirements are the same for all programmes at KTH while the programme specific requirements vary between the programmes.

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in science or technology.

Programme specific documents

In addition to the general documents required, the following set of documents is required for the Master's programme in Sustainable Technology:

  • Thesis Proposal
  • Certificate showing relevant work experience, if applicable
  • Autobiographical Statement (Motivation Letter)
  • 2 letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 32685 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


Every year 30 KTH Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results during the first year are satisfactory. Funding for additional expenses, such as living costs, is not included in the waiver.

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