Second cycle degree in

Sustainable chemistry and technologies for circular economy

Class: LM-71 - Industrial chemistry

y2024 WUR Subject Engineering Chemical badge 200
Class LM-71 - Industrial chemistry
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language English
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator SILVIA GROSS
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of chemical sciences, School of science


Call for Applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024 
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024 APPLICATION PLATFORM
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024

The Master’s degree provides an extensive and highly interdisciplinary training programme for professionals to be employed in companies or public bodies applying a circular economy model to production and services. Students will be trained on the whole value chain underlying a circular economy model, though a strong focus will be given chiefly to techno-scientific skills and competences.


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Characteristics and objectives
The master's degree programme in Sustainable Chemistry and Technologies for Circular Economy provides an in-depth and highly interdisciplinary programme for professionals to be employed in companies or public bodies that apply a circular economy model to the production of goods and services. The course, which is held in English, will provide students with an understanding of the entire value chain on which the circular economy model is based. Particular attention will be placed on scientific-technical competencies and skills (especially with regard to the chemical sector), which will be complemented by economic, management, legal, psycho-social and statistical knowledge. Whereas the first year is common to all students, during the second year it is possible to choose between two different paths, namely Energy conversion and storage and Resources and product design and recycling, with the former focusing on energy-related topics (such as energy conversion and storage) and the latter focusing on the design of products and materials fostering circularity.
Students who wish to enrol must either hold a degree or university diploma of three years' duration or foreign equivalent deemed suitable for admission purposes as per existing regulation. They must also possess specific curricular requirements and have a B2 English level (reading and comprehension and listening).
In relation to internationalization, the programme will host foreign professors and qualified experts from international companies and institutions. Further initiatives include the participation in the Erasmus+ programme and the promotion of the programme to international students.

Occupational opportunities
Upon completion of the master's degree, graduates are ready to enter the work force, possibly after passing of a national examination and registering with the 'Chemical and physical professionals' association. Graduates of the programme may be employed as i) Corporate Social Responsibility manager or ii) Circular Economy manager. The latter will be responsible, among other things, for communication with the various departments of a company so as to bring together all of the components of the value chain (resource procurement and supply, product design and production, recycling, waste management, integrated logistics). Furthermore, graduates may work as both external and internal consultants for companies.