The master’s programme in Sustainable Technology is based on the concept of industrial ecology with a focus on the understanding of interactions between technical, economic, social and ecological systems and processes. Industrial ecology is an interdisciplinary framework for designing and operating industrial systems as living systems interdependent with natural systems. It seeks to balance environmental and economic performance within an understanding of local and global ecological constraints.
Sustainable Technology at KTH - Principles and Applications of Industrial Ecology
The courses in the programme cover a range of interdisciplinary subjects connected to industrial ecology. The students are introduced to tools and knowledge that will enable them to apply technology more sustainably. The first semester is dedicated to mandatory courses that will give you an insight into the concepts of industrial ecology, ecosystems and impact of socio-technical systems, system analysis tools used in decision-making and a good base for scientific work.
Since the programme covers a broad spectrum of courses, during their third and fourth semester, students can either choose a specialisation, for example, more technology-oriented courses or more management-oriented ones, or choose to mix courses from different areas to acquire broad knowledge in industrial ecology.
After completing all course work, students carry out a six-month-long degree project for their final term. The project is carried out either in an academic environment (university, research institute, or equivalent) or ina public or industrial setting (municipality, city, power plant, consulting agency or other industry/business). While suitable degree project topics may be proposed and assigned by programme lecturers, or by specialists from related industries/businesses, students are encouraged to define projects on their own and to seek environments in which these can successfully be carried out.
The pedagogical concept applied in the learning process is to work with projects, best practice and case studies; consequently, considerable effort is put into training students in discussion, critical analysis and written and oral presentations. It is also a high priority to link courses and projects to practical experience through cooperation with companies, institutions and public authorities.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
Industrial ecology, system analysis and perspectives, cleaner production, circular economy, ecosystem performance, ecological economics, environmental management and transition theory.
Students graduating from the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology have a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills adapted to work with sustainable development, both in the private and public sectors. Having interdisciplinary experience and the ability to address complex problems by adopting a systems view and critical thinking makes the student a valuable employee in many kinds of industry and organisations.
Our students obtain positions as environmental consultants, advisors to local or regional authorities in planning and implementation processes or as officers in government agencies, but also as environmental managers and advisors in both public and private companies. In view of the growing awareness of the need to build more long-term sustainable societies, graduates from the programme will have the skills to become key players in the development of strategies for a sustainable future. Graduates from the programme work at all type of companies and organisations, for example, Climate technology centre, Ragn Sells (waste management), Consultant companies such as WSP and SWECO, energy-related companies like E.ON, with research in companies and organisations like IVL Swedish environmental institute and municipalities. Many students also continue with doctoral studies both at KTH and elsewhere, mainly in their home countries.
Environmental/sustainability consultant, project engineer, environmental/sustainability manager, project manager, energy engineer.
"I chose Sustainable Technology because I wanted to have a positive impact with my future profession and learn how to solve the problems our planet and humans are facing right now."
Silvio from Germany
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. Sustainable development is at the core of the master's programme in Sustainable Technology since Industrial ecology is about steering today’s industry and society towards greater sustainability and resource efficiency. Several courses include system changes for achieving more sustainable production and consumption. Accordingly, all the sustainable development goals are of interest in the programme. The three sustainable development goals most apparent in the programme are:
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
13 Climate Action
Depending on your chosen elective courses, you can acquire specific tools and skills aimed at creating a sustainable future, such as system analytical tools, scenario methodologies such as backcasting, management systems in companies and environmental modelling. This will make you a strong candidate for working both in companies (in their sustainability offices), organisations such as the UN, Climate technology centres and a range of consultant companies dealing with environmental and sustainable projects.
Faculty and research
The master's programme in Sustainable Technology is situated at SEED (the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering) at the School of Architecture and the built environment at KTH. The department performs research in several areas connected to sustainability, for example, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Modelling, Sustainability Assessment and Management, Water and Waste Management.
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
Specific requirements for the master's programme in Sustainable Technology
A bachelor's degree, or equivalent, corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits, in science or technology.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Sustainable Technology
Degree project proposal
Certificate showing relevant work experience, if applicable
Autobiographical Statement (Letter of motivation)
2 letters of Recommendation