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.

Application closed

The application for the programme is now closed.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline
1 February 2018: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
6 April 2018: Notification of selection results

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The tuition fee for the full programme is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme director.

Programme director: Monika Olsson

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 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 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.


Industrial ecology, system analysis and perspectives, cleaner production, circular economy, ecosystem performance, ecological economics, industrial symbiosis, environmental management and transition theory.



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. 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.

Some examples of companies and work areas where our alumni have ended up are:

Company Tasks
Bridge Global IT Staffing Marketing Manager
ATS LLC Al injazat Technical Services Working as a planning engineer in an Electromechanical Construction company and seeking a challenging opportunity to combine multidisciplinary skills of Project Management and control in the environment of professional development and long-term commitment
Incoord Installation coordinator AB Planning and energy accounting
Botkyrka municipality Working in a project assessing the climate impact of Botkyrka
European investment bank Helping to develop the Bank's approach to climate action indicators

United Nations Industrial Development Orgainiation

Associate programme manager, work in projects concerning climate change mitigation technologies to promote sustainable industrial development in developing countries
Greenlane Biogas AB Project engineer
Vafab Miljö Enviormental Engineer
Tyréns (consultant company) Environmental investigator in urban areas
Stockholm county Sustainable Energy Engineer
Cam Elyaf Chemical engineer
Multiple companies Self-employed energy consultant
Scania sapa heat transfer AB Project manager

Many students also continue with doctoral studies both at KTH or elsewhere, mainly in their home countries. 


Environmental/sustainability consultant, project engineer, environmental/sustainability manager, project manager, energy engineer

LinkedIn links

Mengyin Hu
Graham Aid
Richard N. Mutafela
Florian Hemmer
Omid Tayeba
Shanar Tabrizi


Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

Luyao Yuan, China

"KTH is the perfect place to continue your studies. It is competitive in many subject areas."

Meet the students

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. SEED is newly launched (July 2017) and the website will be updated with faculty and research areas during autumn 2017.

Changes in the programme may occur.

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