M.Sc. On Campus

Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

24 months
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The Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management programme of TU Bergakademie Freiberg helps you learn to develop novel technologies to recover and extract precious metals and raw materials from waste streams and learn to create new technologies to mine materials in a sustainable way.


During the Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management programme of TU Bergakademie Freiberg students are trained in sustainability assessment. During the semester in Uppsala all students also receive training in entrepreneurship and innovation management.

All students move as a cohort between all three partner universities in the first year which has significant networking and social cohesion advantages.

Students graduating from the programme are also awarded the EIT Label Certificate, demonstrating their achieved innovation capacity and entrepreneurship skills.

Students can choose between four majors in their second year:

Georesource Exploration at Uppsala University (Sweden): in this major, the students increase their skills and knowledge in novel georesource exploration technologies.

Sustainable Processes at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany): in this major, the students learn to apply and develop novel, more sustainable chemical and biotechnological processes for extraction of valuable resources from (low-grade) ores and wastes.

Resource Recovery and Sustainable Materials at Ghent University (Belgium): this major focuses on the application and development of recycling technologies and the development of more sustainable materials, e.g., by using waste as a resource or by substituting less sustainable materials components, so that natural resources are not depleted or permanently damaged.

Sustainable Societies at Ghent University (Belgium): this major focuses on re-engineering the value chain, designing sustainable processes, systems and new business models for evolving towards a circular society. Therefore, data on e.g. flows of materials within the society are collected, analysed, and processed, and the sustainability of these novel processes and systems is assessed. Prevention of waste generation is targeted, and generated wastes are explored as potential new resources.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Circular Economy, Economics and Management of Natural Resources
  • Problems and Innovations in the Process Chain of Rare Resources
  • Clean Technology
  • Environmental Inventory Techniques
  • Rational Use of Materials
  • Resource Recovery Technologies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS) in science or engineering with a combined 15 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics and 10 ECTS in chemistry, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised University or Engineering College is required.
  • The SINReM Master programme is particularly suited for (but not limited to): Chemical Engineers, Environmental Scientists and Engineers, Mining engineers, Geologists, Mineral & Materials scientists, Bioscience Engineers, Chemists, Biotechnology students, other engineers and natural scientists.
  • Academic admission (and Letter of Admission) is given by the SINReM Selection Committee on 15th March 2020, based upon the strength of the academic profile and motivation.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Freiberg

630 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management
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