Doctoral education programme in Resource Recovery

Doctoral studies are conducted in the area of ​​Resource Recovery at the University of Borås. This includes the development of technical methods to refine and recycle resources--energy and materials--from waste or residues. This is to allow the transition to a circular economy in society. Besides technical methods, the research area includes the logistical, social, and psychological aspects linked to societal solutions for the recycling of resources. The research in resource recovery aims to promote the development of a sustainable society.

The University of Borås has, for more than 20 years, focused on developing research, education, and innovation within sustainable energy and materials development and recycling. Undergraduate programmes in engineering have been developed and Master's programmes have been added. Research has also developed very positively. This led to the university's receiving, in 2010, the right to award doctorates in the subject of resource recovery.

The University of Borås is nationally unique in having created a research environment with a clear focus on resource recovery and sustainable development.

The research environment is interdisciplinary and has the following specialisations:

• Biotechnology

• Chemical Engineering

• Polymer Technology

• Energy Technology

• Simulation and Modelling

• Resource Management

To lead the research and the doctoral education programme, there are around 20 professors, associate professors/docents, and senior researchers. The doctoral programme is organised through a research school led by a Director and a Director of Studies within the education and research environment Swedish Centre for Research Recovery (SCRR).

Development since 2011 has been very positive; during the first six months of 2016, 14 doctoral students defended their theses.  Currently, there are around 20 doctoral students in the programme.

Doctoral education takes four years and consists of one year of courses and three years of research. The research is published in scientific journals on an ongoing basis and the education is completed with a public defence in which the published articles andan introductory and summarising chapter, a "kappa", are publically defended. A principal supervisor and at least one assistant supervisor lead, support, and challenge the doctoral student during the study period.

‪In order to be admitted to the doctoral education programme in resource recovery, you must have an advanced degree judged relevant for the educational programme in resource recovery. The suggested examiner and principal supervisory make an evaluation as to whether the candidate has the ability required to complete the programme. Applicants must have capabilities in English equivalent to upper secondary attainment.

‪Doctoral education in Sweden is free of charge for the student. However, doctoral students' living costs must be guaranteed either by a doctoral studentship (employment as a doctoral student) at the University of Borås or employment at another institution, organisation, authority, or company.


Mohammad Taherzadeh, Professor

Director of Studies

Tomas Wahnström, PhD

General study plan in Resource Recovery (pdf)