Master's Program in Resource Recovery – Sustainable Energy Processes

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

About this program

Master's Program in Resource Recovery – Sustainable Energy Processes

Today, humans produce vast amounts of waste and other residual material; at the same time, the demand for products and energy is steadily increasing. This increase also applies to needs for nutrients and minerals that then often end up in landfills or the ocean. This Master’s programme is for those want to be a part of the important technological leap forwards towards a circular economy and a more sustainable energy system, either as a researcher, an engineer, or within management.

In this Master’s programme, you will study the opportunities available regarding the utilisation of waste and residual material. Through thermal treatment methods, you will learn to create valuable and necessary products. It is possible, for example, to produce energy carriers like electricity, heat, and fuels, and at the same time separate inorganic material and important metals for future use in society. This minimises the need for landfills. Your future role focuses on minimising human interference in the natural biosphere. More specifically, the studies include process technologies but also system analysis specifically dedicated to energy purposes.

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

During the first term, you will gain an understanding of the current status and future trends in the field of resource recovery, both globally and nationally. Business and methodological knowledge such as life cycle analysis are also included. The second term focus on courses in energy recovery, thermal processes, and sustainable energy systems.

The programme ends with a one-year degree project in which you will immerse yourself further in the area that interests you. The degree project can be carried out within the industry or in collaboration with our researchers and doctoral students at the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery at the University of Borås.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for more information.


  • 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

In addition to agricultural, forestry, and industrial waste, more than 2 billion tons of household waste are generated worldwide each year. This waste causes significant environmental problems but is also a resource that can be reused. This means that resource recovery, which already employs many people, will continue to be a growth industry.

Possible places of employment after graduation are energy companies, consulting companies, research institutes, recycling companies, manufacturers of equipment, public administration, and other industries. You can work with product or process development or as an environmental manager at a company. Of course, you also have the opportunity to later pursue doctoral studies in the field, in Sweden or abroad.

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University of Borås

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501 90 Borås

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