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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Sustainable Materials (SUMA) master programmes at KU Leuven are two year master programmes embedded in the engineering programmes of the participating universities. They combine a high level of expertise in materials with competences in sustainable materials engineering and sustainability to educate responsible materials oriented entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders for the future.


Various options

KU Leuven, the Montanuniversität Leoben, the University of Trento, the Grenoble Institute of Technology and the University of Milano-Bicocca cooperate to offer a dual master degree. More information on their running master programmes can be found on their respective websites:

  • KU Leuven Master of Materials Engineering
  • Montanuniversität Leoben Master in Sustainable Materials
  • University of Trento Master in Materials and Production Engineering
  • INP Grenoble Master in Sustainable Industrial Engineering
  • University of Milano-Bicocca Master in Materials Science

Each track of the Master programmes on Sustainable Materials (SUMA) consists of one full year at an entry university, followed by a year in one of the other participating universities. All courses are taught in English. 

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Programme Structure

The backbone of the master programs is a solid technical basis broadly covering aspects of materials and processing, sustainability and recycling, circular (eco)design and life cycle engineering, materials substitution and manufacturing (60 ECTS). This is completed with courses on entrepreneurship and innovation (30 ECTS), an internship (6 ECTS), and the master thesis (24 ECTS). The internship and thesis are positioned in companies strongly related to the field of sustainable and raw materials.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Students interested in following one of the tracks of the master programme on sustainable materials should fill in the form below and upload the the following:

  • Motivation letter stating their motivation and the specific track they would like to follow (in English)
  • Short CV (in English)
  • Track record: list of all the courses successfully followed (original names, merged to one PDF)

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees may vary per track. More info http://www.master-suma.eu/apply/admission-and-fees/

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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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