Materials and Sustainable Development

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TM115

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Materials Engineering A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 25 February 2020
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree including 50 credits in materials engineering and materials science, of which at least 10 credits in materials chemistry, 10 credits in technical materials/construction materials and 5 credits in physics of materials, and 25 credits in mathematics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • describe causes and sources of environmental problems and how they relate to materials engineering and discuss the concept sustainable development,
  • describe how different materials can be recycled and what factors may complicate the recycling process,
  • evaluate and critically review a life-cycle analysis of an existing process,
  • discuss the concept of energy-relevant materials from a sustainability perspective,
  • discuss how materials engineering can help reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses,
  • describe energy usage in material production.


The concept of sustainable development. Materials engineering and the environment. Life-cycle analysis. Energy-relevant materials.


Lectures, seminars and group work.


Written examination. Oral presentations of group work. Active participation in seminars.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

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