Master's programme in Sustainable Technology
The master’s programme in 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.
Sustainable Technology at KTH
The courses in the programme cover a range of interdisciplinary subjects such as industrial ecology, system analysis and aerspectives, transition theories, cleaner production, ecosystem performance, ecological economics, industrial symbiosis, environmental management and circueconomy. The students are introduced to tools and knowledge that will enable them to apply technology in a more sustainable way.
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.
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.
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Changes in the programme may occur.