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Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) MSc

Course Description

The increasing demand for raw materials, their price volatility, the production concentration and the market distortions imposed by some countries, confront Europe and other world regions with a number of challenges along the entire value chain. To tackle this supply risk challenge and to deal with environmental problems arising from too large emissions of waste (such as CO2), technological innovation is required with respect to exploration of new resources and sustainable primary mining, sustainable use of resources in specific products and production processes (e.g. substitution of critical metals in materials), prevention of waste generation, valorisation of secondary (alternative) resources and recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products.

The International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) aims at educating a new range of professionals with a holistic overview on resource management and up-to-date processing technologies, who are familiar with sustainability concepts and possess an innovative mind-set to boost the economic importance of this sector.

Students will be acquainted with the different (technological) options for optimizing flows of natural resources in the different parts of the chain, ranging from resource exploration over sustainable materials use and use of resources in production processes to recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products. The focus is on developing ground-breaking technologies, engineering and re-inventing the value chain to make it more sustainable. Students will get a broad view on the entire value chain in its different aspects.

Networking and exchange of knowledge and experience between different nationalities, between academic and non-academic partners and between scholars and students will be promoted.

SINReM is offered by a consortium consisting of 3 Institutes of Higher Education:
-Universiteit Gent / Ghent University (UGent, Gent, Belgium);
-Uppsala University (UU, Uppsala, Sweden);
-TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TUFreiberg, Freiberg, Germany).

The SINReM programme is (co)financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology within the EIT Raw Materials programme and aims at achieving an EIT label. EIT-labelled educational programmes foster students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs.


This 2-year programme contains 120 ECTS credit units and leads to the joint diploma of International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management.
1. In order to expose all students to different institutional settings, student mobility within Europe is an integral part of the programme. General Entrance Module - Semester I 30 ECTS - Ghent University
2. Advanced Module - Semester II 30 ECTS - Uppsala University
3. Field trip - Summer School - University of Freiburg
4. Advanced Module II - Semester III 60 ECTS - choose a one of the following majors containing (elective) courses in combination with master dissertation research:
-Geo-resource exploration (Uppsala)
-Sustainable processes (Freiberg)
-Sustainable materials and resource recovery (Ghent)

All students will be moving as a cohort to Gent, Freiberg and Uppsala in the first year, which approach has significant networking and social cohesion advantages.

During this first year, students are introduced to the value chain, management of natural resources, the circular economy, its economic, policy and legal aspects, inventory techniques, the clean technology concept and life cycle assessment tools to assess sustainability of products, services and processes. Moreover, students are exposed to a basic training in the different technological tools that can be used to intervene in different parts of the value chain (geo-resource exploration, sustainable (chemical) extraction processes, sustainable materials and resource recovery technology).

In the second year students have the option to further specialize by selecting a major and conducting thesis research. They interact with the professional sector through cooperation in thesis research, internships, lectures and seminars.

Several integrated and integrating courses throughout the programme stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experience between the students, lecturers and non-academic stakeholders who are active in the value chain, and challenge students to develop and apply multidisciplinary and creative problem-solving techniques. Each of these courses is coordinated by one academic partner, but involves active contribution of the other educational and non-academic Associated and Supporting Partners, e.g. Introduction to the circular economy, economics and management of natural resources; Problems and innovations in the process chain of rare resources; Raw Materials Network Seminar; Innovation management, entrepreneurship and IPR; Project Management and Business Plan Development; Resources Chemistry I and II (Summer school); Master Dissertation and the Joint Master Dissertation Event at the end of the two-year programme.

The SINReM programme also provides complementary skills training to teach students to assess the environmental and societal impact of interventions in the value chain (e.g. resource assessment) and to be creative and innovative not only in an academic research environment, but also in business environments. These courses include language courses, a course on innovation management, IPR and entrepreneurship and a course Project Management and Business Plan Development that prepares the students for their Dissertation research. The latter two courses include contributions from Associated and Supporting Partners.

Elective specialisation courses, an elective Internship and the Master Dissertation allow the students to deepen their knowledge and choose a Major in the second year, thus specialising in the field of their choice. According to the expertise and specialisation of the institutes and lecturers involved, students can choose between Geo-resource Exploration in Uppsala, Sustainable Processes in Freiberg and Resource Recovery and Sustainable Materials in Ghent. The selection of elective courses, by each individual student enables the build-up of a strong competence profile and needs to be approved by the SINReM Management Board (MB) to avoid any repetition or overlap of courses within each individual curriculum. Students will also be guided by the SINReM local and coordination secretariat and the lecturers during selection of elective courses.

The master dissertation is an original piece of research work and a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master degree. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The dissertation consists of a literature review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic. The involved research is conducted at one of the partner institutes or with one of the associate (industrial) partners.

Learning Outcomes

Career perspectives:
-Graduates are qualified for a professional career in the private (supporting companies in making processes, products and services more sustainable), research (applied research at universities, research institutes or companies) or public sector (consulting in local, regional and (inter)national administrations, defining and implementing sustainable development policies).
-Graduates have an entrepreneurial mindset, a multidisciplinary view and creative innovative problem-based technology development skills.

Other admission requirements

Nationals of Australia, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, need to send proof of at least one year - 60 ECTS (finished successfully) - of comprehensive English-based instruction at a HEI do not need to present a language certificate but a mode of instruction.

Candidates from any other nationality need to present test results of one of the following tests (validity of 5 years; TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted):
-ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing

Visit the Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) MSc page on the University of Ghent website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits) in engineering or science (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, earth science, materials science) including 15 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics and 10 ECTS pure or applied chemistry or an equivalent level from a recognised university or Engineering College. See course description for further admission details.

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