The existing economic system is based on the take-make-and-dispose approach powered mostly by fossil fuels. The assumption is that increasing economic growth produces so much surplus that arising adverse environmental impacts could be dealt with.
However, the system keeps growing only if there are enough resources for transformation, sinks for waste, credit for investments and economic growth.
The circular economy offers an alternative. It aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value. It aims to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite resources by closing the loop of product life cycles. The system in which materials are transformed into useful goods and services endlessly is powered by renewable energy systems.
In this Master’s programme, you will learn how to replace goods with services if it is more efficient and better for the environment. For example, information technology can offer us access to products and assets which can be utilised to create these solutions.
Another essential circular economy aspect is the inclusion of social capital. You will learn to create sharing economy solutions which are based on the abilities of individuals and communities.
In addition, you will learn how a bio-based materials economy may help us produce systems without waste. In a circular economy, the role of business is central, and therefore, you will also learn how business can create new business models based on the circular economy approach.
The programme’s face-to-face contact instruction mainly consists of intensive periods in Lahti on Thursdays and Fridays. This Master’s programme is also well suited for people already in the working world in Finland or abroad.
Intended learning outcomes
Improving resource efficiency is an important step towards a circular economy.
A circular economy is a regenerative system which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value while minimising waste, emissions and energy use by slowing down, closing and narrowing material and energy loops. Its purpose is to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite resources.
In this Master’s programme, you will learn how to improve resource efficiency to promote the circular economy, including issues such as design to recover materials, design for disassembly, design for cleaner material flows and design for remanufacturing. This all can decrease waste and reduce energy use.
The Master’s programme prepares you to work as a professional in the circular economy in a wide range of jobs focusing primarily on sustainable business and production.
You will learn how a circular economy can provide added value to companies, how material cycles can be created to be more effective, how a sharing economy can be applied and how individuals and communities can give added value to solutions.
You will be able to:
- understand the necessity of a circular economy,
- understand the requirements of a systematic change,
- apply theories how to enable the shift from linear model to circular economy,
- apply theories based on circular economy approach to design more sustainable products,
- apply theories how to integrate sharing economy in a society,
- recognise the most significant environmental impacts of products and processess and their importance in terms of business,
- assess the technical possibilities of industrial, service, community, and primary production processess and systems to minimise environmental impacts,
- explain the complex interdependencies of both local and global environmental problems,
adopt and innovate new technical solutions to develop the environmental sector.
Degree structure and studies
The Master’s Programme in Circular Economy is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
This programme is offered by LUT University on the Lahti Campus. All lectures and tutorials of this Master’s programme will be conducted on the Lahti campus, which is approximately 140 km from Lappeenranta.
The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies and elective studies.
Core studies (28-34 ECTS credits) deal with introduction to circular economy, challenges of sustainability, and food-energy-water nexus.
Specialisation studies (59 ECTS credits) deal with sustainability science and single sectors of circular economy, like biological and technical cycle in circular economy, transportation, and solid waste management technology.
Minor studies (min. 20 ECTS credits) can be selected from any minor subjects offered by LUT Master’s programmes.Minor studies from Energy Technology or Industrial Engineering and Management are recommended.
Elective studies. Recommended elective studies are e.g. Advanced Course in LCA (7 ECTS credits), Air Pollution Control (6 ECTS credits), Introduction to Business and Sustainability (3 ECTS credits), or Business and Sustainability (6 ECTS credits).
The Master’s thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis 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.
After completing the studies, you will have good competencies to work in international and multidisciplinary environments.
As a graduate, you may find employment in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new employment opportunities.
Typical jobs for graduates from this programme:
- environmental specialist in consulting companies
- sustainability specialist in product development
- sustainability specialist in urban planning
- environmental manager in industrial enterprises
- environmental officer for government authorities
- sustainability specialist in the construction industry
- environmental and safety specialist in industry
- researcher in a research institute
- municipal environmental manager.
You will also have a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.
Requirements for the Completed Degree
Degrees Completed in Finland
- Bachelor of Science in Technology
Completed in a Univeristy
Having completed a degree Diplomi-insinööri (DI) still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with the degree Tekniikan kandidaatti.
EXCEPTION: Degree DI accepted if completed before 2008 before no separate Bachelor’s Degrees existed.
NOTE: You are ineligible to apply, if having completed a degree DI in a study programme in the same field of study compared to the programme you are applying to.
- Bachelor of Engineering
Completed in a University of Applied Sciences
Having completed a degree Insinööri (YAMK) still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with the degree Insinööri (AMK).
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a field other than Technology
Completed in a University
- Master’s Degree in a field other than Engineering
Completed in a University of Applied Sciences
Degrees Completed Worldwide (excluding Finland)
- Bachelor of Science in Technology OR closely related to Technology – All countries
Completed in a University
- Bachelor of Engineering – EU/EEA countries
Completed in a University of Applied SciencesBoth the above mentioned degrees have to meet with the following criteria:
- The degree must be equivalent to a similar Finnish Bachelor’s Degree regarding to number of academic years and ECTS credits required.
- The degree must give you eligibility to apply to university level Master’s studies in the country where the degree was completed in.
- Having completed a Master’s Degree still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Exception: Master’s Degree with no immediate prior Bachelor’s Degree included is accepted.
NOTE: The Admissions Committee for the programme reserves a right to decide whether the degree and the completed studies provide the applicant with eligibility to apply to the programme.
Requirements for the Degree Awarding University
The university awarding you the degree that you are applying with must be an official and recognized part of the national education system and has to be listed on the World Higher Education Database WHED by International Association of Universities.
Possibility to Apply as Undergraduate
You are eligible to apply as undergraduate and if admitted, you must
- Complete your degree by July 31, 2019
- Mail an officially certified copy of your Degree Certificate and Transcript of Records together with the official translations (if applicable), to LUT Admissions Services in a way that they are received by August 5, 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +2)
- Degrees completed in certain countries require you to follow the country-specific document requirements for authenticating and/or delivering your educational documents.
- Prepare yourself for a long period of time required for the authentication process before being able to mail us the documents.
Requirements for Proficiency in English
Accepted Language Tests
One of the following language tests in English with at least the minimum score mentioned is required for you to prove your proficiency in English:
- TOEFL – 80 iBT or 550 PBT
- IELTS Academic – 6.0
- PTE Academic – 54
- C1 Advanced by Cambridge English Qualifications – grade C
Previously known as CAE by Cambridge English Qualifications
- C2 Proficiency by Cambridge English Qualifications – grade C
Previously known as CPE by Cambridge English Qualifications
NOTE: A Language Certificate issued by your home university or any other institution or organisation is not accepted.
Validity for the Language Test
Your language test result has to be valid at least on the first day of the application period i.e. on December 3, 2018. If not, you are required to take a new language test as you will not be eligible to apply with an expired language test result.
All the language test results accepted by LUT are valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
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