Master Programme 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.
In this MSc 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.
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.
In addition to agricultural, forestry, and industrial waste, more than 2 billion tonnes 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 a large number of 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. And, of course, you also have the opportunity to later pursue doctoral studies in the field, in Sweden or abroad.