Master in Sustainable Materials (SUMA) is a joint program that aims to educate and train tomorrow’s industrial engineers in a global perspective in the field of Sustainable Materials Engineering. The program is built to stimulate entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in future materials scientists/engineers. SUMA focuses upon life cycle engineering, circular economy design, materials processing, materials recycling, materials manufacturing, circular (eco)design, materials substitution and innovation.

Master in Sustainable Materials Curriculum

The program involves 60 ECTS covering scientific and technical areas; Materials and Processing, Materials Substitution, Manufacturing, Sustainability and Recycling, Circular (eco)design and Life Cycle Engineering. 30 ECTS related to Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an internship (6 ECTS) and a master thesis (24 ECTS).

The program is coordinated by 5 high ranked European universities, offering a chance to obtain a double Master’s degree.

Master in Sustainable Materials Research areas

The research areas in SUMA program are mentioned below:

  • Materials recycling and upcycling
  • Industrial waste valorisation
  • Environmental impact assessment, minimizing environmental footprint of the materials/metals industry
  • Life cycle analysis of industrial products and consumer goods
  • Energy production, storage and energy use reduction
  • Reduction of environmental pollution
  • Protection of natural resources

Eligibility criteria for Master in Sustainable Materials

Student selection is based upon their track choice, previous academic results, prerequisite requirements, personal motivation and communication skills in spoken/written English. Applicants should meet the criteria for the Master’s Degree Programmes for both partner institutions.

Bachelor of Science/Engineering (at least 3 year study 180 ECTS) in a relevant discipline. English language proficiency is required for non native speakers, TOEFL; 86 (minimum 20 in speaking/writing), IELTS; 6.5 (minimum 6 in speaking/writing). Please check the website for the university applying for as some universities might have higher language requirements (e.g. KU Leuven, TOEFL; 94. IELTS; 7).

Students in the Dual degree program will be able to participate in any introductory program, e.g. language courses. Admission to the second year of Dual Master’s degree track will require a minimum of 48 ECTS. If the student is unable to complete the required number of credits, he/she will be transferred to regular Master’s Degree program at the entry institution.

Scholarships Details

SUMA Master program is an EIT program, which allows support of all enrolled students with Added value student activities grant (AVSA) and a Travel and Subsistence Allowance (TSA), which is not paid directly to students. The AVSA awards is EUR 9,000, the TSA is EUR 4,500 covering travel and subsistence costs (summer schools, exchanges, internships etc.).

Students are responsible for their living costs during the stay, which includes cost of accommodation, equipment, consumables, health and travel insurance and student union fee.

How to Apply

Student registration is available through this website. The selection committee reviews applicants and preselected candidates will be invited for a skype/phone interview in which their background, language skills, motivation and knowledge will be evaluated. Application in the SUMA Master’s program is accepted all year long and has no strict deadlines. EEA-country candidates can apply before July 1, 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.

Interested applicants should apply to the SUMA program, register to apply and upload (PDF format) the following documents (in English) :

  • Motivation letter (including the choice of specific study track)
  • CV
  • Track record: courses and curriculum details


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