Master’s studies

Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management - Master Programme in Earth Science 2018/2019

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Do you want to make a difference to the environment and the way we use natural resources, but you don't know how? We have developed a programme in which you study, research, and aim to start your own business. The Master Programme in Earth Science, specialising in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) will bring together the foundation of your personal career and a paradigm shift in the industry to carefully and sustainable deal with the Earth’s resources initiating a real change.

Why this programme?

Studying a joint Master's degree with three excellent European universities you will be part of a large community of 115 partners in science, academia and industry from 22 countries within the EIT RawMaterials, engaged in developing solutions for the future.

The specialisation SINReM focuses on supply risk challenges in the value chain such as increasing demand for raw materials, price volatility, production concentration and market distortions imposed by some countries. It also considers environmental problems arising from waste emissions. In SINReM you learn to innovatively explore for new resources, promote sustainable use of resources in products and production processes, reduce waste generation, develop secondary (alternative) resources as well as recovery recycling of resources from end-of-life products. SINReM is a joint programme between Uppsala University, Ghent University and TU Bergakademie Freiberg and fosters collaboration with raw materials companies. SINReM is co-financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and consequently fosters creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.


The programme leads to a Joint Master's Degree (Master of Science, 120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study from Ghent University in Belgium, Uppsala University in Sweden and TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany. 

All specialisations of this programme


Year 1 provides a holistic view over the natural resources value and process chain through a semester at the Ghent University, a winter school at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, a semester at Uppsala University and a summer school at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

In year two you specialise to gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Georesource exploration and assessment at Uppsala University
  • Sustainable processes at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Sustainable resource recovery and recycling or Sustainable materials at Ghent University

Entrepreneurial skills are fostered from the kick-off week, to Meet the Founders events during the winter and summer schools and through core modules on topics such as Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship and Project Management & Business Plan Development. An internship and your thesis expose you intimately to the natural resources industry.

Courses within the programme

See outlines for courses within the specialisations:

European Palaeobiology Specialisation (Uppsala-Lille)
Physical geography
Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

Learning experience

The teachers in the Master Programme in Earth Science are experts in their respective fields, giving you up-to-date contact with front-line research in an open and creative educational atmosphere. The teaching consists of a balanced mix of theoretical and practical work providing experience in both research and industry oriented applications. Excursions, fieldwork and study visits are included in some courses.

Instruction in the Master’s programme builds on your experience and knowledge from your previous education. You are expected to actively participate and contribute to the learning environment and take responsibility for your own and others learning. The teachers are responsible for creating opportunities for active learning at the individual and group level. Purposeful and respectful dialogue between teachers and students contributes to constant improvement and development of courses.

Examination generally includes written exams, complemented by seminar presentations/discussions, project work, laboratory work and field reports.


Start your own company
The SINReM programme prepares you to start your own business. From the early beginning in the first year you will meet company founders (successful and unsuccessful) from the raw material sector and have the chance to interview them. In the second semester you will get the necessary knowledge and skills for innovation management and IPR as well as some tools for entrepreneurship. In the second year you will produce together with a small group of your peers a literature study about a topic with around 10 years research but without any business application. Guided by the School of Entrepreneurship you will develop a business model and plan how to bring the results of research into an application. You have the chance to go to an industrial partner for hands on training and making practical experiences and/or develop your Master's thesis. For creating your own business one of the research transfer/business development departments of the three partner universities and the business developers of EIT RawMaterials are supporting you.

Work in Industry
Of course the programme also prepares you to become a resource engineer in research departments or technological departments of small, medium and large companies world wide. The broad experience background give you a wide range of opportunities to find the right job for your special talents.

Become a researcher
If you like the research process of the Master's thesis and one of the professors likes your work, you get the chance to continue with research by becoming a PhD student. The three university partners and the whole EIT RawMaterials community have a lot of positions in the field for doctoral students.


Application to the Master Programme in Earth Science, specialisation Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINREM) is via Ghent University.

Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Belgium

Application Deadline: 2018-07-14


Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in engineering or science (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, earth science, computer science, materials science), of which 10 credits must be in chemistry and 15 credits in mathematics or physics.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. For more information see admission at Ghent University.

Selection: See for information about the selection procedure.

Contact and further resources

Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villav. 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villav. 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

Fax: 018-471 2592

For programme-specific information, please contact: Study Counsellor

Telephone: +46 18 471 25 07

Abigail Barker

Telephone: +46 18 471 25 52

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