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M.Sc. Circular Economy

In this Circular Economy programme from LUT University, you will learn how to replace goods with services if it is more efficient and better for the environment. For example, information technology can offer us access to products and assets which can be utilised to create these solutions.

Quick Facts

 
Duration: 2 years
Start Date: September 2020
Tuition Fee: €10,000 per year
Location: Lahti, Finland

In the Circular Economy programme from LUT University, you will learn how a bio-based materials economy may help us produce systems without waste. In a circular economy, the role of business is central, and therefore, you will also learn how business can create new business models based on the circular economy approach.

The assumption is that increasing economic growth produces so much surplus that arising adverse environmental impacts could be dealt with.

However, the system keeps growing only if there are enough resources for transformation, sinks for waste, credit for investments and economic growth.

The circular economy offers an alternative. It aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value. It aims to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite resources by closing the loop of product life cycles. The system in which materials are transformed into useful goods and services endlessly is powered by renewable energy systems.

Careers

After completing the studies, you will have good competencies to work in international and multidisciplinary environments.

As a graduate, you may find employment in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new employment opportunities.

Typical jobs for graduates from this programme:

  • environmental specialist in consulting companies
  • sustainability specialist in product development
  • sustainability specialist in urban planning
  • environmental manager in industrial enterprises
  • environmental officer for government authorities
  • sustainability specialist in the construction industry
  • environmental and safety specialist in industry
  • researcher in a research institute
  • municipal environmental manager.

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“The best part of my student experience at LUT was that I found many friends from different countries and cultures, and learned how to cooperate with them on several projects.”

Poorang Vosough // From Iran // LUT Alumnus

Courses included

  • Introduction to circular economy
  • Challenges of sustainability
  •  The food-energy-water nexus
  • Sustainability science and individual sectors of the circular economy
  • The biological and technical cycle in a circular economy
  • Transportation
  • Solid waste management technology.

 

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