Master's Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions


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Program Description

We all want to build a society which will enable our children to prosper.

As the complexity and urgency of many sustainability problems increase, we can no longer think about our investment needs only in terms of technical products with great performance.

In every investment decision, a growing need to contribute more effectively to sustainability challenges has to be taken into account.

Climate warming, weakening air quality, water pollution and waste are examples of current global sustainability challenges. Sometimes traditional technologies offer the best solutions, but we also need to integrate novel solutions with complex environmental problems.

Solutions to these global challenges, such as environmental sustainability, call for systems thinking. We need to understand the context in which a product is going to operate and whether it relates to the need to reduce emissions, use less oil-based fuel or water, end-of-life disassembly, or marketing in a region which taxes based on a footprint.

By understanding the broader context in which the challenges lie, we are able to identify more sustainable solutions.

In this programme, you will learn to identify the challenges of sustainability and view them in a multidisciplinary way, producing solutions which cover all of the aspects of sustainability in society.

You will study courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste management, life cycle management, emission control and reduction, climate change, and sustainable business and innovation.

Your studies will focus on industrial and corporate processes and practices, enabling you to acquire knowledge and skills to introduce sustainability solutions to the corporate and government sectors.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After having completed the programme, you will learn to manage environmental issues in a way that profits business and the environment, to utilise life cycle modelling and to make sustainable decisions in demanding situations.

You will learn to recognise the opportunities offered by new technological innovations to promote sustainable development.

You will:

  • recognise the most significant environmental impacts of products and processes and their importance in terms of business;
  • understand the requirements of systemic change;
  • be able to analyse how competitive in terms of environmental impacts and costs a certain technology, product or service is in different operating environments;
  • be able to assess the technical possibilities of industrial, service, community, and primary production processes and systems to minimise environmental impacts;
  • be able to explain the complex interdependencies of both local and global environmental problems,
  • be able to apply theories and the most recent scientific knowledge to solve problems involving environmental aspects;
  • be able to work as an environmental expert in a range of decision-making situations and produce and convey information to support stakeholders in environmental decision-making;
  • be able to adopt and innovate new technical solutions to develop the environmental sector;
  • be able to apply theories to find the most sustainable product or process design.

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core, specialisation, minor and elective studies.

Core studies (31-41 ECTS credits) include life cycle assessment, system transition, and energy-efficient environment, business and sustainability, and renewable energy technology.

Specialisation studies (55 ECTS credits) include air pollution control, sustainable water use, waste treatment, and circular economy for materials processing.

The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, are a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.

Minor studies (minimum of 20 ECTS credits) recommended include renewable energy and energy efficiency, international business and management, biobased chemical engineering, and energy technology.

Elective studies may be selected from any disciplines at LUT; choose enough to meet the minimum total credit requirement of the M.Sc. degree.

Double degree studies for students from partner universities

Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

Sustainability Science and Solution programme's double degree partner universities are:

  • Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia

Career Prospects

After graduation, you will have good competencies to work in international and multidisciplinary environments.

As a graduate, you will be able to work in the industry, consultancies, regulatory agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new employment opportunities.

Graduates from this programme have found employment as:

  • environmental specialists in consulting companies
  • environmental managers in industrial enterprises
  • development engineers in the paper industry
  • emissions specialists in the engineering industry
  • environmental engineers in the energy industry
  • environmental officers for government authorities
  • sustainability specialists in the construction industry
  • environmental and safety specialists in the industry
  • researchers in research institutes
  • municipal environmental managers
  • environmental experts in charge of municipal climate issues
  • engineers in charge of environmental issues in product development
  • environmental authorities

You will also obtain a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

How to Apply

Interested in applying to the Master's Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions?

Make one of the most important decisions for your future and study with us – we promise you to make your investment worthwhile.

Every year a great number of students from all over the world start their studies at LUT University.

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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:

  • Regular admission: 2 December 2019-22 January 2020
  • Rolling admission: 1 October 2019-31 May 2020
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

LUT University is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969.

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