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. This programme 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.
"SINReM is 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 TU Bergakademie Freiberg."
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management - SINReM - is a joint Master's degree at three excellent European universities: Uppsala University (Sweden), Ghent University (Belgium), and Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg) (Germany). In addition, it fosters collaboration with raw materials companies. 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 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.
The programme leads to a joint degree, Master of Science (120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study, from Uppsala University, Ghent University and TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
How did you choose your programme?
I found the programme in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree catalogue. I picked it because it helps me use my background in geology to pursue my goal of helping the world progress to a more sustainable society, and also because it gives the opportunity to receive teaching from 3 world renowned universities.
What is it like to be an international student?
It is a never-ending journey of learning and discovery, sometimes easy sometimes challenging. You get exposed to so many things you were not used to, food and people from different parts of the world, different ways of thinking, or languages you don’t understand. Even simple things as transportation or payment in a shop can be new. It is very edifying and gratifying.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
Let’s start with the location. Sweden is beautiful and there are many places to experience during all the seasons. Additionally, the education system is built in a way in which you get to dedicate time to understand what you are learning and shape your learning together with the teachers and classmates.
How did you experience your first few days in Sweden?
I arrived in Sweden during winter. I embraced the charm that snow gives to the landscape and escaped the cold by being active skating on the ice, and of course, by eating lots of that special kind of sweet bun I found that time of the year called "Semla".
Describe what a normal day is like for you?
In the area I lived in Uppsala which is near the forest, it is normal to see things like squirrels jumping from branch to branch in front of your window or deer roaming around. When I’m not studying, I spend my time outside, going for a run or a bike ride surrounded by nature, or just enjoying the beautiful city I live in. Now I live in Visby (Gotland) and even if the place feels emptier and windier, it is very beautiful and peaceful.
What is something unique about your programme?
The programme is very international, and is taught by three universities. The particular combination of the expertise of the universities is beyond compare and every partner university is the best in their field. Learning from all of them is just priceless.
How would you describe the relationship between you and your teachers at the university?
Uppsala University teachers/professors make you feel comfortable from the beginning, they are very approachable and very responsive to your feedback, and you get to experience class in a friendly environment where you can really focus on your learning.
What is your reason for studying and your ultimate goal?
I want to use my professional career to contribute to a more sustainable society, either with the creation of my own company in the future or by working for a company with sustainability as a main value. With this in mind and also thinking that I want to be as good as I can at what I do, I found the SINReM programme as the next step to forge my career.
What is your best experience so far?
I would highlight two things: Firstly, the gift of having classmates from all over the world that turned into really valuable friends, and secondly the opportunity to experience amazing places, from castles and buildings from medieval time, to the Swedish north past the arctic circle, where I got to see the northern lights for the very first time in my life.
Year one provides a holistic view over the natural resources value and process chain through a semester at the Ghent University, 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 one of the following specialisations:
Georesource exploration and assessment at Uppsala University
Sustainable processes at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Sustainable resource recovery and recycling or Sustainable materials at the Ghent University
Entrepreneurial skills are fostered in different ways. There are a kick-off week and events such as "Meet the Founders" during the residential and summer schools. Also, core modules on topics such as Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, as well as Project Management and Business Plan Development are included. 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.
The teachers in the Master's Programme in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management at Uppsala University 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.
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 and learn from their experiences. 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 will be supporting you.
Of course the programme also prepares you to become a resource engineer in research departments or technological departments of small, medium and large companies worldwide. The broad experience background gives you a wide range of opportunities to find the right job for your special talents.
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 time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.