Master's Program in Resource Recovery - Polymer Materials for the Circular Economy

University of Borås
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Master's Program in Resource Recovery – Polymer Materials for the Circular Economy

Polymer materials, including plastics and textiles, play a crucial role in our everyday lives. Therefore, the development of sustainable recycling methods and the creation of new polymer materials with minimal climate and environmental footprints are of utmost significance. If you aspire to explore this subject deeper and contribute to its progress, our Master's programme is designed specifically for you.

Our programme focuses on polymer materials and their integration into a circular economy. It includes the concepts of polymer recycling, reuse, biodegradation, and their ecological impact. Additionally, it explores the development of renewable biopolymers and polymers that align with circular economy principles.

Within the programme, there is comprehensive coverage of the production, applications, and properties of plastics, textiles, and composite materials. Special attention is given to the potential of utilising biologically derived raw materials for polymer creation and their subsequent biological breakdown. Another focus is on the recycling of polymers as well as on the development of composites from natural fibres. The educational curriculum also incorporates the learning of practical laboratory methods to foster fundamental skills in the processing of plastics, composite manufacturing and structural characterisation, and material property testing.

Admission requirements

  • Degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Engineering with major in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Business Economics, Energy Technology, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Textile Engineering or Structural Engineering OR Bachelor's degree in physics or chemistry
  • Knowledge of thermodynamics
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to :
    • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5) OR
    • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part) OR
    • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

For further information about English language proficiency requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

As a student in this Master's programme, you will have the opportunity to engage in the forefront of the university's research activities focussed on resource recovery and textile technology.

In the first term, you will acquire broad competencies within the present state and future directions within the field of resource recovery on both a global and national scale. This entails an exploration of business insights and methodological knowledge, including life cycle analysis.

During the subsequent term, the programme places a specific emphasis on courses pertaining to polymer materials. Lastly, the programme includes a year-long 60 credits degree project, wherein you will investigate the area of your particular interest in depth. This degree project can be conducted either within the industry or in collaboration with our esteemed researchers and doctoral candidates at the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery and the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås. It is also possible to do a 30 credit-degree project by taking additional elective coursework.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the university website.


  • 60000 SEK first payment
  • 240000 SEK full tuition fee
  • EU / EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees

Continuing studies

After graduation, you have the opportunity to later pursue doctoral studies in the field, in Sweden or abroad.

Career paths

This educational programme prepares you for professional roles as an engineer, product developer, researcher or manager, where you need knowledge regarding how polymer based materials act in the circular economy as well as the bioeconomy. The programme will also make you a global community builder with the knowledge necessary to take on challenges, and to set up professional networks in the area of polymers and the society.

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