Master's Programme in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management – SINReM

120 credits

Do you want to make a difference to the environment and the way we use natural resources? The Master's Programme in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management - SINReM allows you to study, research, and start your own business. This programme will bring together the foundation of your career and a paradigm shift in the industry to carefully and sustainably deal with the Earth's resources initiating a real change.

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Ghent, Uppsala, Freiberg, 100%, On-campus, English

The Master's Programme in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management - SINReM - is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree. The programme is given as a collaboration of 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 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.

Read more about the programme SINReM.

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 the industry, for internship 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: a Master of Science (120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study, from Uppsala University, Ghent University and TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Year one provides a holistic view of the natural resources value and process chain through a semester at 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 produce a business plan for a raw materials problem with a small group of your peers.

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

See course details from the partner universities on the programme's international website.

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 the 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 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.