Master's Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions

LUT University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions

LUT University

We all want to build a truly sustainable society. As the complexity and urgency of many sustainability problems increase, there is a growing need to contribute more effectively to problem-solving. Recognising the sustainability challenges facing the world today, we want you to achieve a better understanding of integrated solutions to complex environmental problems. Solutions to these global challenges such as environmental sustainability calls for systems thinking.

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

In this master's programme, you will develop interdisciplinary skills in technology, management, energy production, industrial and community by-product flows, environmental management and economics, and green chemistry. You will learn to identify the challenges of sustainability and to view them in a multidisciplinary way, producing solutions, which cover all of the aspects of sustainability on a wide range in the society.

You will study courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste management, lifecycle management, emission control and reduction, climate change, sustainable business and innovation. Your studies will be focused on industrial and corporate processes and practices, so you will acquire knowledge and skill sets to bring sustainability solutions to corporate and government sectors.

Teaching and research are carried out in cooperation with companies, which is one of the key success factors in ensuring the practical application of new knowledge and theories in the real world.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Developing solutions to global challenges facing the world today is at the core of LUT expertise. After completing this master's programme you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in developing solutions for big questions of our society, like promoting sustainable energy, managing water and environmental resources, fostering sustainable cities etc. You will receive knowledge and competencies necessary to develop the integrative methods needed to work across the disciplines on sustainability problems. You will:

  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant theories and techniques, problem-solving skills, and ability to independently use knowledge, equipment and tools for the design and development of practical applications.
  • be able to work with others in groups.
  • be able to logically think through a problem and solve it, to contribute to innovative thinking.

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 studies, specialisation studies, minor studies, language studies and elective studies.

Core studies (23-27 ECTS credits) include studies on life cycle assessment, sustainable innovation and system transition.

Specialisation studies (59 ECTS credits) include studies on air pollution control, sustainable water use, waste treatment technology and climate finance and carbon markets.

Minor studies (min. 20 ECTS credits) can be selected from three minor subjects offered by this Master's programme. A minor subject can also be selected from minor subjects offered by other LUT degree programmes. Language studies, 4 ECTS credits.

Elective studies (13 ECTS credits) are studies from any disciplines at LUT, including language courses. The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. It is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

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 having completed the studies, you will have good competencies to work in international and multidisciplinary environments. As a graduate, you may assume positions in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new employment opportunities.

Students graduated from this programme got employed as Development Engineers, Environmental Experts, Environment Engineers, Project Engineers, Analysts, Environmental and Safety Consultants, Environmental Specialist at companies like Pöyry, Fortus, Bionova Consulting, LCA Consulting, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Granlund, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and Environment. You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2019
2 years
Full time
10,000 EUR
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Finland - Lappeenranta
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