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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
MPTSE - INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2018/2019
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2016-02-11 by Dean of Education
Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture and Engineering, Environmental Science, Geo Science or Agricultural Science.



Mathematics (at least 22,5 cr.) (including Mathematical statistics), Environmental and sustainability science (at least 7,5 cr.).

General organization:


The aim of this programme is to educate engineers who can contribute to sustainable technical development and solutions in all fields of engineering and at all societal levels from the company and consultancy bureau to the governmental organisation. Graduates from the programme will be equipped with the knowledge, competencies, and tools needed to analyse and develop measures in relation to environmental impacts and resource constraints. The programme also aims at developing the students' ability to plan, lead, communicate, evaluate, and follow up the effects of such measures, related to e.g. product development, land and resource use, energy systems, and large scale urban planning processes. The focus is on the connections between technology development, environmental problems, and societal change.


Learning outcome:

Knowledge and understanding

Graduated students should be able to
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding that is founded upon and extends and/or enhances that typically associated with Bachelor's level, and that provides a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas
  • explain and motivate interpretations and measures based on the three dimensions of sustainable development, i.e. ecological, economic and social
  • explain and evaluate how technical change has influenced humankind's relation to nature and how technical change may help or hinder our ability to deal with environmental problems and resource constraints in the coming decades
  • describe main characteristics and explain the relevance and limitations of tools and methods used for analysing and improving sustainability performance of technical systems
  • describe the basics of environmental management and policy-making at different levels of societal organization
  • explain and evaluate drivers and barriers in industry and society for a transition towards sustainability and the role of regulation, self-regulation and policy measures in this process
  • use basic natural and environmental science to describe major environmental and resource problems and how they couple to societal activities
  • explain and evaluate main principles and strategies that society can use to accomplish a sustainable use of land, energy and materials
  • formulate the sustainability challenges of major technical systems and the possibilities to transform these systems sustainably based in systems thinking and a system perspective

Skills and abilities

Graduated students should be able to
  • plan and with suitable methods carry out qualified tasks within given constraints
  • communicate clearly and unambiguously conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and in national as well as international contexts
  • critically and systematically integrate knowledge
  • model, simulate, predict and evaluate behaviour and events, also with limited or incomplete information
  • apply knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts
  • change perspectives depending on the relevance for a given problem: between short-term and long-term, local and global, and between various disciplinary perspectives
  • work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions and domains of knowledge
  • continue study in a largely self-directed and autonomous manner
  • participate in research and development work and thereby contribute to the knowledge development
  • critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and solve complex problems
  • analyse and critically evaluate technical systems and solutions in relation to sustainable development
  • choose appropriate tools and methods for analysing and improving sustainability performance of technical systems
  • design and develop products, processes and systems with consideration of and aiming towards fulfilling human needs and the society's goals for sustainable development
  • evaluate the environmental work in a societal organization to be able to suggest and implement changes that improve the sustainability performance of the organization
  • handle and make trade-offs between the many dimensions of sustainable development
  • integrate competencies from this Master programme with competencies from their Bachelor educations

Formulation of judgments and attitudes

Graduated students should be able to
  • reflect on possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use, specifically in relation to sustainable development, including, environmental, social, and economic aspects
  • reflect on ethical aspects on research and technical development work with regards to sustainable development
  • problematize the normality, e.g. identify norms and values that governs for example the way of thinking, habits, technical solutions, economic systems in society, organizations or projects and suggest alternative solutions that promotes sustainable development
  • evaluate how different perspectives on an environmental issue are influenced by environmental ethics and how this leads to conflicts of interests between stakeholders


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within restricted areas of what has been previously studied at courses within the Master programme. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. The examiner must be a teacher from Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis. There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator. More information about rules for master's thesis work is given here: Thesis work


Courses valid the academic year 2018/2019:

See study programme



The programme includes two tracks (alternative compulsory courses) focusing on the company level and on the societal level, respectively. Courses in the company track are: Environmental management, Life cycle assessment, and Managing stakeholders for sustainable development. Courses in the societal track are: Environmental policy instruments, Applied industrial ecology, and Sustainable energy futures. Courses that are relevant for both tracks are: Environmental risk assessment in engineering, Environmental impact assessment, and Assessing sustainability. It is also possible to take a mix of courses from both tracks. The programme also includes recommended tracks for some Master of Science in Engineering programmes (five year professional programmes). These tracks are recommended for students from these educations, to enable a deeper knowledge within their respective engineering fields.

Track in Electrical Engineering For students with a background in Electrical Engineering, a special track has been designed to ensure a relevant combination of elective courses. To provide a progression from the bachelor level and throughout the master program, this track incorporates the course Sustainable power production and transportation (ENM095) already in the first study period of year 1. For this purpose the compulsory course Sustainable development (FFR160) is moved to the first study period of year 2. In addition to ENM095, students following the Electrical engineering track are recommended to elect 3 out of the following 7 elective courses: RRY055 Remote sensing (year 1, study period 3) RRY075 Environmental measurement techniques (year 1, study period 3) ENM050 Power system analysis (year 2, study period 1) ENM055 Electric drives 1 (year 2, study period 1) ESS101 Modelling and simulation (year 2, study period 1) ENM060 Power electronic converters (year 2, study period 2) SSY130 Applied signal processing (year 2, study period 2) Finally students in the Electrical engineering track are recommended to write their master's thesis in topics that combine advanced skills in the two fields of Electrical Engineering and Industrial Ecology.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree Of Master (120 Credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology


Published: Fri 18 Dec 2009. Modified: Wed 04 Apr 2018