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Master Programme in Resource Recovery

120 credits, full-time 100%

Application code: HB-8245A
Selection: Credits
Number of Places: 15
Start: 2018-09-03
End: 2020-06-07
Place of Study: Borås
Language of instruction: English
Instructional time: Day
Application fee: 900 SEK
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*
Tuition fee: 65,000 SEK first payment
260,000 SEK full tuition fee
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*

*For more information regarding which countries are included in the EU/EEA, please read more here.

By studying on this unique master programme in Resource Recovery, which is given by the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, your ability to analyze and resolve problems related to disposing, processing and recycling of residuals into useful products will be developed.
Such a useful and salable product can be an item to the automotive industry made from biological material which can easily be recycled. It could be biogas or ethanol to replace oil and petrol. Or electricity, heating and cooling produced sustainably by thermal treatment of waste. Why not fish feed in addition to solve a waste problem and also reduce the depletion of the oceans? Regardless of whether you will be working as a researcher or work in business and management and you will be a global community builder, with knowledge and skills to take on challenges in areas even not directly related to resource recovery.


You who are opting for this Masters course will get in touch with many different topics, such as biotechnology and energy technology and materials. The courses address both international and national (Swedish) aspects. Since the training is linked to the successful research conducted in the field at the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, you will get in close contact with our researchers and with research edge. Our network of companies, research institutes and municipalities also ensures that you get an education with a content that makes you attractive to potential employers.

In the first year you get an overview of how resources are managed internationally and nationally (in Sweden), trends and legislation. Characterization of waste is important to select the right recycling method. You study the combustion and gasification of waste into electricity, heat and fuels and biological methods and techniques for the production of biofuels such as biogas and bioethanol from waste and other resources. You may get in touch with Life Cycle Analysis as a tool to assess which method may be the most appropriate for the environment.

During the second year, you get the opportunity to further extend your knowledge in a chosen area by participating in a research project for a full study year. The goal for you is to produce a draft of a research report or scientific article.
During the studies great emphasis will be on oral and written presentations and you will improve your ability to obtain and evaluate information and research results in the field.


The programme comprises two years' full-time studies and has a strong link with the research conducted in the area of Resource Recovery at the University of Borås. All courses fall within the main field of study and are classed as second-cycle level.
As this area requires a multidisciplinary approach, the range of courses given during the first semester is intended to provide the students with broad knowledge and understanding of the main field of study. The students must also be given opportunities to major in one of the following areas: energy, industrial biotechnology and polymer technology. In the second year, the student further broadens their methodical knowledge and knowledge of a specialist area within Resource Recovery via the degree project; 60 credits.
Semester 1
The following courses are given during the first semester:

  • Resource Recovery, 5 hec:
  • Energy Recovery Processes, 5 hec
  • Life Cycle Assessment, 5 hec
  • Thermal Energy Recovery, 5 hec
  • Biofuels & Biological Treatments of Wastes, 5 hec
  • Introduction to Polymer Materials, 5 hec

The course Energy Recovery processes consolidates and develops the students' knowledge of technical thermodynamics and lays the foundations for upcoming courses such as Thermal Energy Recovery.
Resource Recovery provides an overview of how waste is handled internationally and nationally, of trends and legislation, and of waste characterisation, which is important in choosing the correct recovery technique. Social and economic aspects as catalysts or obstacles to resource recovery are also taken into consideration in the course.
The methodological course Life Cycle Assessment focuses on the LCA method along with its applications and limitations.
Various techniques for combustion and gasification of waste for electricity, heating and fuel are studied in the course Thermal Energy Recovery. There is also emphasis on the specific problems related to this type of fuel; the increased risk of corrosion and ash management.
The course Biofuels & Biological Treatments of Wastes provides the knowledge required to make assessments of the energy exchanges in various processes and suitability for the biological production of fuel; primarily biogas and bioethanol from waste and industrial waste products. The student will also gain knowledge of how to estimate the size of a bioreactor for this type of process.
An overview of how polymers are used in various industrial applications from a resource recovery perspective is an important part of the course Introduction to Polymer Materials.
Sustainability aspects are highlighted and discussed regularly in the various courses.
Semester 2
In this semester, the student initially chooses to major in one of the following areas: energy, industrial biotechnology and polymer technology. During the semester, there will be a greater element of laboratory assessments and large degree projects will be introduced in which more complex issues are tackled. The specialisation courses offered are described below;
Industrial Biotechnology
This specialisation broadens the student's knowledge of biological energy and material recovery, i.e., the conversion of waste and other waste products to biofuels and new materials. This course block is based primarily on the courses Biofuels & Biological Treatments of Wastes, Resource Recovery, Life Cycle Assessment and Energy Recovery from Waste.

  • Biotechnology, 15 hec
  • Bioprocess Design, 15 hec

The course block, with the courses Biotechnology and Bioprocess Design, looks at bacteria and microfungi with a focus on resource recovery and important products such as lactic acid, ethanol and biogas. Design of processes with flow-sheet programs constitutes an important part, as well as economic evaluation and analysis of various. The students also obtain skills in key methods for the areas of cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology.
Students with knowledge equivalent to the course Biotechnology, 15 hec, can study courses from one of the other specialisations. They are however unable to study the course Process Design - Energy Carrier Production.
This specialisation requires grounding in chemistry; see Miscellaneous.
Energy Technology
This specialisation provides the students with a broader knowledge of thermal energy recovery and of system design and system aspects in the production of heat, cooling and electricity from waste. The block is primarily based on the courses Energy Recovery processes and Thermal Energy Recovery, but Resource Recovery and Life Cycle Assessment are also important for the environmental impact analyses carried out.

  • Introduction to Computational Modelling, 7.5 hec
  • Modelling of Combustion Processes - Theory and Application, 7.5 hec
  • Process Design - Energy Carrier Production, 15 hec

In the course Introduction to Computational Modelling, the students gain insight into modelling on a molecular level and modelling based on kinetic and thermodynamic models. Knowledge of modelling is broadened in Modelling of Combustion Process - Theory and Application, where the transport equations for primarily mass and heat transport are applied to the combustion process.
In Process Design - Energy Carrier Production, the students primarily conduct a system study in which a system for energy recovery is analysed and assessed from technical, economic and environmental perspectives.
Polymer Technology
This specialisation broadens the student's knowledge of material development and methods that facilitate opportunities for sustainable recovery of polymeric materials. The courses Introduction to Polymer Materials, Resource Recovery and Life Cycle Assessment constitute important grounding, as does Energy Recovery processes.

  • Introduction to Computational Modelling, 7.5 hec
  • Polymer Technology, 7.5 hec
  • Polymer Material and Environment, 15 hec

In the course Introduction to Computational Modelling, the students gain insight into modelling on a molecular level and modelling based on kinetic and thermodynamic models.
The course Polymer Technology also goes over the key terms and concepts relevant to the use of polymeric materials and the processing necessary during recovery.
Polymer Materials and Environment looks at polymer materials' environmental impact and how they should be handled from a resource recovery perspective. The course therefore includes the material recovery of plastics, composites and textile fibres, as well as how polymer materials can be manufactured from bio-based raw materials and how polymer material waste can be managed with the use of biodegradation.
Courses, year 2 (third and fourth semesters)
Semesters 3 and 4 consist solely of a Degree Project, 60 hec.
In order to guarantee in-depth methodical knowledge and considerably broader knowledge, the student must carry out the independent work in the specialisation they have chosen; i.e. energy, polymer technology or industrial biotechnology.
In addition to the student's individual project, the degree project course includes tuition and seminars in information retrieval, the philosophy of science and research methodology.
The philosophy of science and research methodology are looked at both in general and more specifically in relation to each of the students' research projects.


The programme is taught in English.
The choice of major is made during autumn semester one.
The industrial biotechnology specialisation requires a passing grade in a number of university-level chemistry courses.
Ref: 769-14