Master Programme in Resource Recovery


Program Description

By studying on this unique Master’s programme in Resource Recovery, which is given by the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, your ability to analyze and resolve problems related to disposing, processing and recycling of residuals into useful products will be developed.

Such a useful and salable product can be an item to the automotive industry made from biological material which can easily be recycled. It could be biogas or ethanol to replace oil and petrol. Or electricity, heating and cooling produced sustainably by thermal treatment of waste. Why not fish feed in addition to solve a waste problem and also reduce the depletion of the oceans? Regardless of whether you will be working as a researcher or work in business and management and you will be a global community builder, with knowledge and skills to take on challenges in areas even not directly related to resource recovery.

You who are opting for this programme will get in touch with many different topics, such as biotechnology and energy technology and materials. The courses address both international and Swedish aspects. Since the training is linked to the successful research conducted in the field at the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, you will get in close contact with our researchers and with research edge. Our network of companies, research institutes and municipalities also ensures that you get an education with a content that makes you attractive to potential employers.

During the studies great emphasis will be on oral and written presentations and you will improve your ability to obtain and evaluate information and research results in the field.

Students admitted to the programme will choose a specialisation for their second semester in polymer technology, energy technology or industrial biotechnology.

The research is carried out in several equipped laboratories of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology (biogas, fungi and yeast, and genetics), Energy, Polymer, Analysis, Civil Engineering, as well as computer simulation and modelling laboratory. All the researchers, postdocs, and students use the equipment in their theses and project works.

Programme structure
In the first year you get an overview of how resources are managed internationally and in Sweden, trends and legislation. Characterization of waste is important to select the right recycling method. You study the combustion and gasification of waste into electricity, heat and fuels and biological methods and techniques for the production of biofuels such as biogas and bioethanol from waste and other resources. You may get in touch with Life Cycle Analysis as a tool to assess which method may be the most appropriate for the environment.

During the second year, you get the opportunity to further extend your knowledge in a chosen area by participating in a research project for a full study year. The goal for you is to produce a draft of a research report or scientific article.

Read more about the research and education environment at the Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery here:

Career prospects
Potential employers are energy companies, bioprocess industries, consulting firms, research institutes, recycling companies, equipment manufacturers, government and other industries where you can work with, for example, product or process development. Working as an environmental manager at companies is another possible career. You can also choose to go on to doctoral studies in this area, either in Sweden or other countries, an option which is chosen by many of our students. The University of Borås offers a doctoral education programme in Resource Recovery.

Entry requirements
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with major in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Business Economics, Energy Technology, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Textile Engineering, Structural Engineering or a Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Chemistry.

Furthermore, students must have knowledge of thermodynamics as well as knowledge of English equivalent to English 6.

Master’s degree

  • Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Resource Recovery in specialisation Polymer Technology/Energy Technology/Industrial Technology.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

The University of Borås has approximately 11 000 students and 730 employees. In collaboration with the public and private sectors, we conduct education and research of high international quality with ... Read More

The University of Borås has approximately 11 000 students and 730 employees. In collaboration with the public and private sectors, we conduct education and research of high international quality with great societal relevance. We are a modern university with a central campus in the centre of the city. The national and internationally known Swedish School of Textiles and Swedish School of Library and Information Science are a part of the University of Borås, both of which have educational programmes and research. Read less