Circular Economy

Circular Economy

Master of Science in Circular Economy

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MSCE, Mon Dec 11 22:32:37 MET 2023 | M2
 Admission to the Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Circular Economy will not be available in 2023

The Master's Degree programme in Circular Economy is a collaboration between universities from three continents and seven countries. Each student will spend at least one semester (30 ECTS) at two different EU partner universities. 

The international profile and academic acknowledgement of the study consortium ensures competences and skills of the students, increasing their employability. 

The universities participating in the Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree Programme in Circular Economy are:

  • University of Graz
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Leiden University
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Curtin University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Waseda University

The coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree Programme in Circular Economy is University of Graz.

You can find more information about the study programme on the CIRCLE webpage.

Master in Circular Economy is for you who seek to make an essential contribution to the transition towards a resource-efficient and sustainable society. 

You get an interdisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability with emphasis on research and practical problem solving to achieve a circular economy. The programme includes a mobility scheme, allowing students to experience the international expertise in Circular Economy in Europe and beyond.

Read more about Master in Circular Economy on the CIRCLE webpage.

Occupational areas, for which the competences are developed, are highly connected to the chosen specialization and include the academic, private, public and half-public sector.

Typical occupational areas of the graduates are: 

  • administration
  • environmental and management consultancy
  • industrial companies (e.g. product design, waste management)
  • international organisations
  • management
  • teaching as well as vocational training and continuing education
  • quality assurance
  • service industry (e.g. tourism)
  • scientific Research


Trondheim is known for its great student environment and has been named Norway's best student city. Whatever you like to do in your spare time, you will definitely find something to do in Trondheim. 

Student life in Trondheim

The International Master's Programme on Circular Economy (CIRCLE) is a 2 years (120 ECTS) Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree Programme that is taught in English. 

1st Semester (30 ECTS)

Basic knowledge of circular economy tools

2nd Semester (30 ECTS)

Implementation, management and design

3rd Semester (30 ECTS)

You can choose from the following specializations:

  • The Human Dimension of Circular Economy (University of Graz)
  • Design of Circular Economy (TU Delft or Leiden University)
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Energy Systems in a Circular Economy (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Modelling the Circular Economy (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU)
  • Economics of Circular Economy (Waseda University)
  • Recycling and Remanufacturing for Circular Economy (Curtin University)

4th Semester (30 ECTS)

Master's thesis

You will find more information about study tracks, programme structures and courses on the CIRCLE webpage.

 There will be no new admission to the Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Circular Economy.

We can help you with questions about the study programme or any other academic questions.

Contact information to the Circular Economy coordination office

Contact information for enrolled NTNU students

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