This programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource-effectiveness and sustainability.
It is well-known that economic development and human welfare depend on the availability of raw materials and energy. However, the exploitation of such natural resources has many environmental implications such as climate change, resource scarcity and the uncontrolled dispersal of hazardous substances. In times of global environmental problems and concerns about the long-term availability of natural resources such as metals and minerals, incentives for using materials and energy in more intelligent and efficient ways are increasing among governments, companies and other organisations.
McKinsey, one of the largest management consultancy firms in the world, has emphasised the urgent need for a resource revolution. The aim is to address the anticipated economic and political implications of resource scarcity, steadily increasing pollution levels from primary production and the uneven distribution of natural resources among regions. Companies are thus facing the challenge of delivering increasing amounts of products and services, while at the same time preventing the depletion of natural resources, cutting costs and contributing to a sustainable society.
Combined research perspectives
This master's programme offers a unique knowledge profile and aims to train future engineers who can contribute to such a societal transition towards the more efficient use of natural resources. More specifically, you will learn how to combine a multidisciplinary system perspective with skills in modern environmental and energy engineering. With this proactive and holistic approach, environmental problems can often be significantly limited or prevented, without jeopardising human well-being.
The programme combines the perspectives of two research groups - Energy Systems and Environmental Technology and Management - at the Department of Management and Engineering. These groups deal with system solutions and state-of-the-art research in areas like renewable energy and biofuels, energy efficiency, waste management, urban and landfill mining, corporate environmental management and integrated product-service offerings. Several renewable energy solutions have already been implemented in the region, which means that you will have the opportunity to see how such environmental technology works in practice. Moreover, there is a national research excellence centre on biogas production and utilisation located at the university, which involves a wide network of academic, industry-related and public actors.
Innovation courses included
The first semester features introductory courses in environmental engineering and energy systems, and courses in traditional engineering topics such as product development and project management. The second and third semesters involve specialisation in concepts, strategies and methods for achieving more efficient use of materials and energy, at business, inter-business and societal levels. These semesters also include courses on the development and implementation of sustainability concepts and strategies such as innovative entrepreneurship and innovation management.
Examples of courses within the programme are: Energy Systems, Large Technical Systems and the Environment, Energy Systems Analysis, Innovative Entrepreneurship, Biofuels for Transportation, Industrial Ecology, Management Systems and Sustainability, Innovation Management and Resource-Efficient Products.
The programme concludes with a degree project (30 ECTS) in the final semester.
Environmental engineering, including renewable energy solutions, is one of the fastest growing business sectors in Sweden, and in many other countries. The Sustainability Engineering and Management programme qualifies students for engineering positions in companies and the public sector, dealing with energy consulting, investment strategies, development of local and regional systems for energy distribution and generation, development of new products and services, renewable energy, environmental consulting, waste management and recycling and strategic environmental management. Several former students have also chosen a career within academia, pursuing PhD studies at Linköping University and other universities throughout the world.