Sustainable Chemistry and Technology for Circular Econonomy

University of Padua
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 October 2024

About this program

Sustainable Science and Technology for Circular Econonomy

The Master’s degree provides an extensive and highly interdisciplinary training program for professionals to be employed in companies or public bodies applying a circular economy model to production and services. Students will be trained on the whole value chain underlying a circular economy model, though a strong focus will be given chiefly to techno-scientific skills and competences.

Admission requirements

Bachelor diploma (or equivalent)

  • minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry or related fields (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering), with proven skills in Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Thermodynamics; Biochemistry.
  • Additional entry requirements – Entry title and GPA
    Please verify country-based specific entry title and GPA requirements on our website.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

You can often get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

You must take the original entry qualification documents with you when you finally go to the university.

If you are admitted to the degree course, you will have to submit other documents including original and translated/legalised copies of your previous qualifications, etc. No legalised documents are required at application stage.

Language requirements

English B2 Level (CEFR) or equivalent

Please check out our website for the full list of accepted certificates, minimum scores and exemptions

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Program content

1st Year

  • Green Chemistry;
  • Thermodynamics and catalysis for circular economy (Part 1: Thermodynamics of processes and materials; Part 2: Catalysis for circular economy);
  • Operations &Supply Chain Management;
  • Renewable energy technologies;
  • Environmental European Law;
  • Water resources management in the circular economy;
  • Economics for the Circular Economy;
  • Circular and sustainable waste management

Starting from the 2nd year, each student can opt for one of the following study tracks:

1 – Resources and product design and recycling

  • Materials design & selection for circular economy;
  • Sustainable materials and recycling for circular economy (Part 1: Sustainable mineral (geo)-resources and critical raw materials (CRM);
  • Part 2: New plastics economy: polymers, biopolymers and their recycling;
  • Part 3: Recycling and transformation of inorganic materials);
  • Circularity in biomass productions;
  • 2 optional courses chosen by the student.

2 – Energy conversion and storage

  • Biorefineries and sustainable energy production and storage for circular economy;
  • Sustainability strategies and energy economics (Part 1: Sustainability strategies and Innovation management for Circular economy;
  • Part 2: Energy Economics); Life Cycle Assessment;
  • 2 optional courses chosen by the student.

List of optional courses (two should be chosen):

  • Advanced methods for sustainable processes and products
  • Synthetic biotechnology
  • Health and environment in circular economy
  • Innovative hybrid energy and energy storage solutions for the sustainable development
  • Circularity in biomass productions (optional only for the study track 2 – Energy conversion and storage)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (optional only for the study track 1 – Resources and product design and recycling)
  • Psychology, policy making, and education to a circular economy
  • Understanding statistics of circular economy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


€2,739 per year


Master's degree in Sustainable Science and Technology for Circular Economy

Credit: 120 ECTS

Career paths

Graduates work in product design and development and as R&D managers; Responsible for raw materials supply and logistics managers; Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) manager; Responsible for sustainability reporting managers; Circular Economy Managers: communicate with all branches of the company and merge together all parts of the value chain (resource purchase and supply, product design and production, recycling, waste management, logistics); Consultants (as professionals or within a company).

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The University of Padua

The University of Padua is a world-leading research-intensive university that has been driving global change since its  foundation in 1222. Loyal to its motto Universa Universis  Patavina Libertas (Paduan freedom is universal for everyone), it has always been a bastion of...

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Why study at University of Padua

  • The University of Padua is a TOP 200 university in the World, that has been driving global change since its foundation in 1222.
  • During eight centuries, students, researchers and alumni have provided key contributions to the advancement of knowledge, science and society.
  • Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes (over 180, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level; 29 programmes are held completely in English).
  • Interconnections among the different disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment, where international students (over 3,000), staff and alumni support the development of the University's mission at global level.

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University of Padua

Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
35122 Padua

Phone no: +390498273131

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