Master's programme in Sustainable Technology
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.
Technology is an important driving force for economic development and technology and communication are two essential factors in the development of more sustainable societies. Without using technology in a sustainable way, it will not be possible to attain economic growth and global equity. Without communication skills, it will not be possible to reach consensus in the democratic processes in society for different new technologies. These insights will be the foundation in the Master’s programme in Sustainable Technology.
The courses in the program cover a range of trans-disciplinary subjects such as Industrial ecology, Environmental system analysis, Cleaner production, Technology and ecosystems, Ecological economics etc. The students will get tools and knowledge to be able to apply technology in a 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 discussions, methods for critical analysis and written and oral presentations. It is also high priority to link courses and projects to practical experience through cooperation with companies, institutions and public authorities. The thesis is carried out either in an academic environment, in a public or an industrial setting (municipality, city, power plant, consulting agency or other industry/business).
Students graduating from the Master´s programme Sustainable Technology have a spectrum of knowledge and skills adapted to work with sustainable development both in the private and public sectors. The application areas for this knowledge could be e.g. advisor to local or regional authorities in the planning and implementation process, or officers in government agencies, but also environmental managers and advisors in both public and private companies. In view of the growing awareness regarding the need to build more long-term sustainable societies, graduates from the programme will have the skills to help them become key players in developing the necessary strategies for the future.
After completing all course work, students are assigned a degree project to take up a period of 5-6 months’ study (30 ECTS). The degree project may be carried out either in an academic environment (university, research institute, or equivalent) in a public or an 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. Students are recommended to try to find relevant degree projects linked to important sustainability topics in their home countries.