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The Master Programme on Sustainable Materials (SUMA) aims to train tomorrow’s industrial engineers in collaborative work in a global world and gather some of the best educational programmes in the field of Sustainable Materials Engineering in Europe.

They stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership and focus on circular (eco)design, materials substitution, life cycle engineering and circular economy design, materials processing and recycling, manufacturing and innovation.

The programme involves studies in two different institutions (depending on your Programme Path selection), an internship in a company and a Master thesis in collaboration with a company. Learn more about the course and partner university locations below.

The SUMA programme structure consists of the following parts:

  • The backbone: a solid scientific and technical basis (60 ECTS), broadly covering aspects of:
    • Materials and Processing
    • Sustainability and Recycling
    • Circular (eco)design and Life Cycle Engineering
    • Materials Substitution
    • Manufacturing
  • The heart and brain: courses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (30 ECTS)
  • The arms and legs: an internship (6 ECTS) and the Master Thesis (24 ECTS)

SUMA aims to educate tomorrow’s materials engineers with:

  • Up-to-date technical skills and state-of-the-art technological knowledge
  • An entrepreneurial mindset, focused on the sustainability of industrial activities

All SUMA students develop their own research activities under the supervision of experienced mentors.

The proposed research areas are inspired by real-world industrial and technological challenges:

  • Materials recycling and upcycling
  • Industrial waste valorisation
  • Assessment of environmental impact and reduction of the environmental footprint of the Materials and Metals industry
  • Life cycle analysis of industrial products and consumer goods
  • Energy production, storage and reduction of energy use
  • Minimising environmental pollution
  • Saving natural resources for future generations

Lab research areas

  • Recycling of nafion membranes from membrane electrode assemblies
  • Use of additive and classical manufacturing techniques to reduce the environmental impact during re-manufacturing
  • NiMeH batteries: Literature review of LCA and collection rate calculation

Master thesis topics

  • Study of the assembly of wire diamond tools with numerical simulations and optical dilatometry
  • Reduction of the energy consumption of an electrolysis cell
  • Formulation and characterisation of polymeric ion exchange membrane for energy storage applications

The details

Start

September 2019

Duration

2 years

Organisations
  • KU Leuven
  • University of Trento
  • Grenoble INP
  • MU Leoben
  • Milano Bicocca
  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg

SUMA Master's Programme

The Sustainable Materials programmes are two-year Master’s courses embedded in the engineering departments of the participating universities (120 ECTS).

They combine a high level of expertise in materials with competencies in sustainable materials engineering and sustainability to educate responsible materials-orientated entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders for the future.

Structure

The Master’s programmes have a solid, technical backbone that broadly covers all aspects of materials and processing, sustainability and recycling, circular (eco)design and lifecycle 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.

Various Options

Five partner universities offer ten different tracks. Each track of the Master programmes on Sustainable Materials 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. Depending on their background, some students might be invited to follow additional preparatory courses.

Each track has been granted the EIT-label, fostering students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs. Thanks to this EIT Label, students are entitled to a student enhancement allowance.

Click on each programme path below to find out more about the curriculum for each university combination, and the tuition fees that apply. Make your selection for the first year of study, then scroll down to select the second year.

Explore where and what you can study

Five high-level European universities offer you the chance to obtain a double Master’s degree. More information on their Master’s programmes can be found on their respective websites:

Choose your Programme Path

Click on each programme path below to find out more about the curriculum for each university combination. Make your selection for the first year of study, then scroll down to select the second year. Return to the first year to change your selection and create a new combination.

You can find more information about the individual courses by clicking on the links above, which will lead you to a more detailed description on the website of the university organising the course.

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KU Leuven – INP Grenoble

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: €906.10
Second year: €4,000

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: €6,000
Second year: €4,000
The student will pay tuition at KU Leuven for the first year, and at INP Grenoble for the second year.
At KU Leuven, some non-EEA students may enjoy a waiver for fee and pay the EEA-rate.

Curriculum

The first year at Leuven is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the general basic knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterization techniques, materials modelling and materials processing. The students are interacting with industrial partners through company visits and lab sessions.
The second year in Grenoble aims, apart from optimization skills, to give students the complete and big picture of the field “sustainable materials management” with technical knowledge but also economical, organisational and managerial knowledge. It gives students a profound education in the field of sustainable industrial engineering particularly with regards to material efficiency (recycling, reuse, additive manufacturing, product design) and new value chains (reverse logistics, supply chain, economics, processes performance). In Grenoble the students will specialize in sustainability and industrial engineering, and will be able to make sustainable decisions on industrial value chains or on specific new technologies/processes regarding the materials value chain.

U. Trento – INP Grenoble

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: Between €346 and €3,345
Second year: Between €346 and €3,345

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: Between €0 and €4,500
Second year: Between €0 and €4,500
The student will pay tuition at UniTrento for the first and the second year. UniTrento transfers the tuition of the second year to Grenoble INP. The amount to be transferred to Grenoble will correspond to the fee amount paid by the student to the University of Trento. The possible difference between the fee amount paid to UniTrento and the fee amount required at Grenoble will be paid directly by the student at the exit University.
EU students: annual university tuition fees at UniTrento may range from €346 to €3.345 on the basis of their financial situation.
NON-EU students: university tuition fee at UniTrento for the first year may range from €0 to €4,500 on the basis of the application score obtained during the selection. Tuition fees amount for the following year (s) will be calculated according to the student’s performance (credits earned until August 10 each year).

Curriculum

The first year at Trento is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the general basic knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterization techniques and mechanical design.
The second year in Grenoble aims, apart from optimisation skills, to give students the complete and big picture of the field “sustainable materials management” with technical knowledge but also economical, organisational and managerial knowledge. It gives students a profound education in the field of sustainable industrial engineering particularly with regards to material efficiency (recycling, reuse, additive manufacturing, product design) and new value chains (reverse logistics, supply chain, economics, processes performance). In Grenoble the students will specialise in sustainability and industrial engineering, and will be able to make sustainable decisions on industrial value chains or on specific new technologies/processes regarding the materials value chain.

UNIMIB – INP Grenoble

2019-2020 EEA / non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: € –
Second year: € –
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Curriculum

The first year at Milano-Bicocca is based on mandatory courses characterized by three aims. i) Advanced knowledge in the physics and chemistry of materials. Aim of this part of the programme is the acquisition of a general scheme for the interpretation and the design of function vs. structure relationships in a wide class of materials. ii) Acquisition of competences in experimental techniques of material characterization and synthesis, with activities in experimental laboratories interacting with research groups at the Department of Materials Science. iii) Specific classes of materials and function-related structures, giving also a basis for understanding the strategy for a sustainable technology.
The second year in Grenoble aims, apart from optimisation skills, to give students the complete and big picture of the field “sustainable materials management” with technical knowledge but also economical, organisational and managerial knowledge. It gives students a profound education in the field of sustainable industrial engineering particularly with regards to material efficiency (recycling, reuse, additive manufacturing, product design) and new value chains (reverse logistics, supply chain, economics, processes performance). In Grenoble the students will specialise in sustainability and industrial engineering, and will be able to make sustainable decisions on industrial value chains or on specific new technologies/processes regarding the materials value chain.

KU Leuven - Montanuniversitaet Leoben

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: €906.10
Second year: €906.10

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: €6,000
Second year: €6,000
The student will pay tuition at KU Leuven for the first and the second year. KU Leuven transfers the tuition of the first year (€19.70 per semester) and the second year (€726.72 plus €19.70 per semester for Non-EU; or €19.70 per semester for EU students) to MU Leoben.
At KU Leuven, some non-EEA students may enjoy a waiver for fee and pay the EEA-rate.

Curriculum

The first year at Leuven is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the generalbase knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterization techniques, materials modelling and materials processing. The students are interacting with industrial partners through company visits and lab sessions.
The second year at Montanuniversitaet Leoben has a strong focus on process- and business management as well as economics, building the base for an entrepreneurial mind-set and leadership skills. This is complemented by product development, production planning and logistics courses (innovation and sustainability). The master thesis and compulsory internship establish supplementary ties to industry.

U. Trento - Montanuniversitaet Leoben

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: Between €346 and €3,345
Second year: Between €346 and €3,345

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: Between €0 and €4,500
Second year: Between €0 and€4,500
The student will pay tuition at UniTrento for the first and the second year. UniTrento transfers the tuition of the second year to Montanuniversitaet Leoben. The amount to be transferred to Leoben will correspond to the fee amount paid by the student to the University of Trento. The possible difference between the fee amount paid to UniTrento and the fee amount required at Leoben will be paid directly by the student at the exit University.
EU students: annual university tuition fees at UniTrento may range from €346 to €3,345 on the basis of their financial situation.
NON-EU students: university tuition fee at UniTrento for the first year may range from €0 to €4,500 on the basis of the application score obtained during the selection. Tuition fees amount for the following year (s) will be calculated according to the student’s performance (credits earned until August 10 each year).

Curriculum

The first year at Trento is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the general basic knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterisation techniques and mechanical design.
The second year at Montanuniversitaet Leoben has a strong focus on process- and business management as well as economics, building the base for an entrepreneurial mind-set and leadership skills. This is complemented by product development, production planning and logistics courses (innovation and sustainability). The master thesis and compulsory internship establish supplementary ties to industry.

KU Leuven – U. Trento

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: €906.10
Second year: €906.10

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: €6,000
Second year: €6,000
The student will pay tuition at KU Leuven for the first and the second year; the tuition fee at UniTrento is consequently waived.
At KU Leuven, some non-EEA students may enjoy a waiver for fee and pay the EEA-rate.

Curriculum

The first year at Leuven is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the generalbase knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterization techniques, materials modelling and materials processing. The students are interacting with industrial partners through company visits and lab sessions.
The second year at Trento is based on the curriculum of Industrial Processes Management and Optimization. This curriculum is characterized by a set of disciplines crossing the fields of Operations Research and Industrial Management aimed at building useful skills for an efficient management of manufacturing processes and optimization of materials, considering all aspects, i.e., scientific, technological, economic and organizational. For the achievement of such skills special emphasis is devoted to models and methods of mathematical and reticular programming, systems for the simulation and management of tails, decisions and quality control supporting systems, informative systems for logistics and production. The final goal is to build a Materials Engineer combining good technical skills (acquired during the first year at KU Leuven) and well developed entrepreneurial attitudes to successfully drive innovation in large companies and SMEs.

KU Leuven - UNIMIB

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: €906.10
Second year: €906.10

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: €6,000
Second year: €6,000
The student will pay tuition at KU Leuven for the first year and the second year; the tuition fee at UNIMIB is consequently waived.
At KU Leuven, some non-EEA students may enjoy a waiver for fee and pay the EEA-rate.

Curriculum

The first year at Leuven is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the generalbase knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterization techniques, materials modelling and materials processing. The students are interacting with industrial partners through company visits and lab sessions.
The second year at Milano-Bicocca comprises various courses on entrepreneurship and industrial aspects in the area of materials science – including nanotechnology, composites, microelectronics, and molecular materials – which may be composed in a personalized programme through mandatory and elective courses. Then, a relevant number of credits are devoted to the research activity of master Thesis and internship in close connection with research groups and industrial partners, putting the student in contact with cutting-edge research topics and up-to-date methods of investigation. The full immersion in team activities within research groups and international networks stimulates specific awareness for managing research, applications, and curiosity for new problems and ideas. Additional activities regard seminars of experts from industry on management and innovation topics, besides laboratories of scientific language, and an Italian language laboratory (together with a wide cultural proposal on transversal competences) for an optimal integration of incoming foreign students.

Montanuniversitaet Leoben - KU Leuven

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: €38.40
Second year: €38.40

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: €1,492.84
Second year: €1,492.84
The student will pay tuition at MU Leoben for the first and the second year; the tuition fee at KU Leuven is consequently waived.
EU/EEA students: the university tuition fees amounts up to €19.70 per semester*. The fee needs to be paid each semester. The typical semester count for a Master program is 4 semesters + 1 tolerance semester. If the student requires additional time, a higher tuition fee will be imposed.
NON-EU students: the university tuition fees amounts up to €745.92 per semester (€726.72 plus €19.70 per semester). Generally, students from least developed countries only need to pay the fee for the Austrian/EU students (€9.70 per semester).*

Curriculum

The first year at Montanuniversitaet Leoben is mostly based on compulsory technical courses giving students the basic knowledge on characterization techniques, classes of materials (building materials, ceramics, and metals), material processing and recycling complemented by simulation and modelling courses.
The second year at Leuven has a strong focus on science based knowledge generation as a basis for innovation (master thesis), exposure to industry (through thesis and internship) and modules aiming at developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set as well as leadership values.

U. Trento – KU Leuven

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: Between €346 and €3,345
Second year: Between €346 and €3,345

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: Between €0 and €4,500
Second year: Between €0 and €4,500
The student will pay tuition at UniTrento for the first and the second year; the tuition fee at KU Leuven is consequently waived.
EU students: annual university tuition fees at UniTrento may range between €346 and €3,345 on the basis of their financial situation.
NON-EU students: university tuition fee at UniTrento for the first year may range from €0 to €4,500 on the basis of the application score obtained during the selection. Tuition fees amount for the following year (s) will be calculated according to the student’s performance (credits earned until August 10 each year).

Curriculum

The first year at Trento is mostly based on compulsory technical courses aimed at giving the general basic knowledge of materials science and engineering. Courses focus on different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites), jointly with courses on materials properties and characterisation techniques and mechanical design.
The second year at Leuven has a strong focus on science based knowledge generation as a basis for innovation (master thesis), exposure to industry (through thesis and internship) and modules aiming at developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set as well as leadership values.

UNIMIB – KU Leuven

2019-2020 EEA Tuition fees

First year: €1,500
Second year: €1,500

2019-2020 non-EEA Tuition fees

First year: € –
Second year: €600
The student will pay tuition at UNIMIB for the first year and the second year; the tuition fee at KU Leuven is consequently waived.
Students with a non-Italian degree have a fee waiver resulting in €0 for the first year and €600 for the second year.
Annual tuition fees for students with an Italian degree may range from €0 to €4,240 on the basis of their financial situation.

Curriculum

The first year at Milano-Bicocca is based on mandatory courses characterised by three aims. i) Advanced knowledge in the physics and chemistry of materials. Aim of this part of the programme is the acquisition of a general scheme for the interpretation and the design of function vs. structure relationships in a wide class of materials. ii) Acquisition of competences in experimental techniques of material characterisation and synthesis, with activities in experimental laboratories interacting with research groups at the Department of Materials Science. iii) Specific classes of materials and function-related structures, giving also a basis for understanding the strategy for a sustainable technology.
The second year at Leuven has a strong focus on science based knowledge generation as a basis for innovation (master thesis), exposure to industry (through thesis and internship) and modules aiming at developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set as well as leadership values.

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Students are selected and admitted to the programme and track, based on their academic results, prerequisite requirements, motivation and language skills. They must demonstrate an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Candidates must meet the admission criteria of the Master’s Degree Programmes for both partner institutions in a track. The admission of students is always subject to final approval by the partner institutions involved in the track, as they must meet the admission criteria of the Master’s Degree Programmes of both partner institutions.

All students should have:

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering or equivalent. Candidates must have obtained* a BSc diploma (or equivalent) of substantial quality and at a level corresponding to at least three years’ study at a university, equivalent to 180 ECTS.

English proficiency: the minimum for the SUMA Master’s is a TOEFL score of 86, with a minimum of 20 on both speaking and writing, or an IELTS score of 6.5, and a minimum of 6 on speaking and writing for non-EEA students who are not native speakers.

Some universities might have higher requirements (at KU Leuven, a TOEFL of minimally 94 or an IELTS of minimally 7 is required). You can choose between TOEFL or IELTS, both are accepted.

Students participating in the Dual Master’s Degree tracks will be entitled to participate in any introductory programme, including language courses, that may customarily be arranged for international students at the host institution.

To be admissible for the second year of a Dual Master’s Degree track, the student must have completed a minimum of 48 ECTS. If this minimum is not reached, the student can continue within the regular Master’s Degree programme at the entry institution, but not in the Dual Master’s track.

* obtained the Bachelor diploma, or demonstrate that they are less than 40 ECTS away of obtaining the BSc diploma. Depending on their background, some students might be invited to follow additional preparatory courses.

Scholarships

Because of the fact that the SUMA Master programmes are EIT Labeled, we are able to support all enrolled students with an ‘Added value student activities grant’ (AVSA grant) and a ‘Travel and Subsistence Allowance’ (TSA). For students starting in September 2018, the AVSA equals EUR 9,000 (EUR 4,500 per year) and is paid immediately to the student; the TSA is of EUR 4,500 (EUR 2,250 per year) and covers travel and subsistence costs for mandatory components of the programme (summer schools, exchanges, internships etc.).

Please note that the TSA allowance is not directly paid to the students.

EIT RawMaterials determines the payment modalities of these scholarships.

Living Costs

Students are responsible for covering living costs during their stay, including accommodation, equipment, consumables, health and travel insurance, third-party liability insurance and student union fee (where applicable).

Accommodation

Each partner institution will render assistance to incoming students in finding appropriate accommodation for the duration of their studies at the institution.

An academic and administrative representative for the Dual Master’s Degree tracks is present at each institution. He/she is responsible for providing advisory, academic and administrative services to selected students.

Prerequisites for the mobility include that the student has successfully completed a sufficient number of credits at the entry partner institution. During the mobility, students are responsible for covering the travel costs to the host country and living costs during their stay, including accommodation, equipment, consumables, health and travel insurance, third-party liability insurance and student union fee (where applicable).

Applying for SUMA

The application for the SUMA programmes entails several steps. First we invite students to register through this website. A selection committee monthly reviews all received applications. Pre-selected candidates will be invited for a short skype/phone interview in which their background, scientific skills and knowledge, motivation and English proficiency is evaluated.

If your candidacy is accepted and the committee gives positive advice, you will be invited to register at the entry university where an administrative check of your transcripts takes place. Then you can start the SUMA Master’s programme at the university of your choice.

The SUMA Master accepts applications throughout the year and has no strict deadlines. If selected, you will be invited to start in the next or the upcoming academic year: selected candidates from EEA-countries can apply until 1 July for the starting academic year; non-EEA selected candidates should follow the regulations of the entry university of their choice and apply on this website no later than 1 February in order to start in the upcoming academic year.

Students interested in following one of the tracks of the SUMA programme should register to apply and upload 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)

They will then receive instructions on the specific enrolment procedure.

Students are required to choose an entry AND an exit partner institution from the beginning of the track.

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