Student mobility within Europe is an integral part of the 2-year programme (120 ECTS). In the first semester in Ghent, the second semester in Uppsala, and during the summer course ‘Problems and Innovations in the Process Chain of Mineral Resources’ in Freiberg, students are introduced to the value chain, management of natural resources, the circular economy, its economic, policy and legal aspects, inventory techniques, the clean technology concept and life cycle assessment tools to assess sustainability of products, services and processes. In the second year, students choose a major: Georesource Exploration (Uppsala University), Sustainable Entrepreneurship (Uppsala University), Sustainable Processes (TU Freiberg), Resource Recovery and Sustainable Materials (Ghent University), or Circular Societies (Ghent University), containing (elective) courses in combination with an internship and the master thesis research. SINReM students interact with the professional sector through cooperation in thesis research, internships, lectures and seminars. SINReM also provides complementary skills training in innovation management, entrepreneurship, and business case development.
The master dissertation or thesis is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master degree. The master dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The master dissertation consists of a literature review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic. Dissertation research in SINReM is conducted at one of the partner universities in cooperation with a non-academic partner for example from industry.