Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme in Earth Science 2020/2021

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

"​The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative 'learning‐by‐doing' curricula, international mobility and outreach."

"SINReM is also recognised as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree and offering high quality education integrated with mobility between three high-class academic institutions; Uppsala University, Gent University and Bergakademie Freiberg University of Technology."

Why this programme?

Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM), within the Master's programme in Earth Science, is a joint Master's degree from 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.

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.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • study the complete raw materials value chain and associated circular economy
  • innovatively explore and process new resources
  • learn about sustainable use of resources in products and production processes.
SINReM is a joint programme between Uppsala University, the University of Ghent and Freiberg University of Technology 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.

Student profile
You have a strong foundation in Science or engineering and you have a passion for discovering innovative, new solutions to technical problems. You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. Therefore you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their experience and knowledge.

You value a close connection with industry for internships opportunities and industry oriented degree projects as well as to build up your network. You are innovative and may start your own business or work creatively with your raw materials network. Read more about the programme at the SINReM website.

Related programmes
Sustainable Development
Industrial management and Innovation
Applied biotechnology
Bio- and Nano materials


The programme leads to a degree from the three participating universities: Master of Science (120 credits) with Geoscience as the main field of study from Uppsala University, Ghent University and TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

All specialisations of this programme

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Name: Shelly Mardhia Faizy
From: Indonesia
Studying: Master’s Programme in Earth Science – Geology

Why did you choose to come and study in Sweden?
– From the very beginning, studying in Europe has been my dream. Sweden is known to be one of the leading countries when it comes to sustainable development, and therefore Sweden caught my attention. In addition, the Swedish Institute offers scholarships for master's degree studies.

Why did you choose this programme?
– The geologist Charles Lyell once said “The present is the key to the past.” As a geoscientist this is my favourite quote. My interest in geoscience has developed since I was an undergraduate student and especially when I did my final research project on carbonate rock. I am aware of the important role geoscientists play in discovering and exploring the secrets of the planet. Therefore, I am eager to learn more in order to sharpen and enhance my knowledge.

What is it like to study at a university in Sweden?
– It is very comfortable. Uppsala University tries their best to make the students enjoy the learning experience. Instead of focusing on grades, they value the learning process.

Does the programme live up to your expectations?
– Yes! When I applied to this program, I was looking forward to the opportunity of working with a project related to geothermal energy. This semester the opportunity came, and I am currently working on my final project about extinct geothermal systems.

What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
–Is is a friendly and supportive educational environment. There is no hierarchy between professors and students, both respect each other. Therefore, learning becomes more fun and less pressured. In addition, Uppsala University has a recruitment programme using so-called “student ambassadors” to inspire others, and I applied and was elected. As an ambassador, my role is to introduce and promote Uppsala University in my home country.

What does a normal day look like for you?
– A normal day is when I wake up early for morning class. I have free time between the classes, which I usually spend in the library doing my homework or with my friends. During the weekend, I spend time with some friends, going on a trip or spending some time at home by myself. As a university student I try to balance the workload from the courses to find time to myself.

What has been the most fun and interesting so far?
– It is the privilege of biking around the city, particularly during spring and summer. However, winter in Uppsala also made a deep impression on me as it was my first winter experience.

What types of courses are offered in your programme?
– My programme is a combination of lectures and hands-on experience through laboratory analysis and field work. The field work has always been the most interesting and fun part since it gives me the opportunity to explore Sweden while gaining knowledge in geoscience.

How was coming to Sweden for the first time?
– It was a great experience! Coming to Sweden was like a dream come true. It was real but didn’t feel real at the time. I kept repeating in my mind that I made it! Uppsala in particular is a lovely city.

How did you meet and get to know new people?
– Besides getting to know friends from the Earth Science department on campus, I also met new friends through the Student Nations, and also through the internship programme.

What do you do when you’re not studying?
– I am involved in some student organisations and student activities. I was the vice president for the Uppsala Student Chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (an international society of applied geophysicists), and I was also a part of the committee for the International Geoscience Student Conference (IGSC) 2019. Moreover, I am actively involved and connected with my colleagues from the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships. I am active in the Student Nations as well as Indonesian Student Association in Sweden.

Three quick questions:
Favourite place in Uppsala?
– My favourite place in Uppsala is Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala).

Best student tradition at Uppsala University?
– Valborg, last of April (Walpurgis Eve) and the ”Flogsta Scream”.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
– After studying and working abroad I hope I can apply my skills and work in my home country.

Spring 2020

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

In year two you choose to specialise and 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 the University of Ghent
Entrepreneurial skills are fostered from the kick-off week, the Meet the Founders events during the residential 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.

In the second year you will also produce, together with a small group of your peers, a business plan for a raw materials problem.

Courses within the programme

See outline for courses within the specialisation.
See course details from all partner universities.

Learning experience

The teachers in the Master's 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 beginning of the programme 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.

You have the chance to go to an industrial partner for hands on training and making practical experience 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.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Application to the Master's Programme in Earth Science, specialisation Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) is via Ghent University. Application deadline for non-EU citizens is 29 February 2020 and for EU citizens 1 June 2020. See the Ghent University website for detailed information.

Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Ghent, Uppsala, Freiberg

Application Deadline: 2020-02-29


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

Is this programme right for you?


For programme-specific information, please contact: Study Counsellor or Abigail Barker;

+46 18 471 25 07 (study counsellor), +46 18 471 25 52 (Abigail Barker)

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villavägen 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villavägen 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

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