Master's programme in Sustainable Technology
The master’s programme in Sustainable Technology is based on the concept of industrial ecology with a 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 understanding of local and global ecological constraints.
Sustainable Technology at KTH
The courses in the programme cover a range of interdisciplinary subjects connected to industrial ecology. The students are introduced to tools and knowledge that will enable them to apply technology in a more sustainable way.
Since the programme covers a broad spectrum of courses, students can either choose their own specialisation, for example, more technology-oriented courses or more management-oriented ones, or choose to mix courses from different areas to acquire a broad knowledge in industrial ecology.
After completing all course work, students carry out a six month long degree project for their final term. The project is 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 projects on their own, and to seek environments in which these can successfully be carried out.
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, 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 in Sustainable Technology have a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills adapted to work with sustainable development, both in the private and public sectors. The interdisciplinarity of the programme together with the ability to address complex problems, system views and critical thinking makes the student a valuable employee in many kinds of industry and organisations.
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. Many students also continue with doctoral studies both at KTH or elsewhere, mainly in their home countries.
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Faculty and research
The master's programme in Sustainable Technology is situated at SEED (Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering) at the School of Architecture and the built environment at KTH. The department performs research in several areas connected to sustainability for example Industrial Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Modelling, Sustainability Assessment and Management, Water and Waste Management etc.