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International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

Degree awarded
Joint Master Degree

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Type of course

Length of course
2 years (120 ECTS)

Language of tuition

Date of commencement
End of September 2021

Application deadline
28 February 2021 for non-EEA students and scholarship seeking students (EEA or non-EEA)
31 May 2021 for non-scholarship seeking EEA students

Class size
30 students

Cost / fees
• 6,000 euro per year for European students (EU, EEA and Switzerland)
• 12,000 euro per year for all other nationalities

Student grants / Financial assistance
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships available - All nationalities can apply
- Includes

• Tuition fee is waiver
• Monthly allowance: 1,000 euro per month (to pay all living costs, including housing)
• Travel costs: up to 7,000 euro for non-European students
• All-in insurance
- Up to 49,000 euro for the 2-year programme
- No administration/application fee
- Detailed scholarship calculation EACEA

EIT AVSA scholarships
- Partial scholarships up to EUR 13,500 (all nationalities).
- European students receive a partial waiver for the programme participation cost down to EUR 2,000/year.


Exchange partner schools
The partner institutions of the AquaH consortium are:

  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Uppsala Univeritet (Sweden)
  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany)

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 1% national – 99% international
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 47% male – 53% female
3. Age range: 23-40

Admission requirements
See opposite / below

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. ir. Gijs Du Laing

Contact details for application
Applications office, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Ghent University, Belgium (Coordinator)
Uppsala Univeritet, Sweden
TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

Sudy SINReM because

A new generation of professionals is needed due to the increasing demand for raw materials, their price volatility, the production concentration and the depletion of raw material deposits. This causes challenges along the entire value chain of natural resources.

To tackle this supply risk challenge and to deal with environmental problems arising from large emissions of waste (such as CO2), technological innovation is required with respect to exploration of new resources and sustainable primary mining, sustainable use of resources in specific products and production processes (e.g. substitution of critical metals in materials), reduction of waste generation, valorization of secondary (alternative) resources and recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products.

The SINReM Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme addresses these needs by educating students to become professionals tailored to the needs of the raw material industry. The master programme is focused on developing and engineering sustainable technologies to reinvent the natural resources and materials value chain. The SINReM master programme will equip the student with the entrepreneurial skills to start their own company.

Study SINReM and benefit

  • Within two years’ time, SINReM students attend three leading European universities: Ghent University in Belgium, Uppsala University in Sweden and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany.
  • The SINReM master programme has a mandatory internship and has a wide network of companies with internship and job opportunities.
  • The SINReM master programme is embedded in the EIT Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Union and is EIT labeled. Upon graduation the student receives the EIT label. Students become part of the EIT Raw Materials network.
  • After graduation, students obtain a joint degree signed by the three universities: ‘International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management.’
  • Scholarships are available for both non-EU and EU students.
Study SINReM and become The Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management will prepare you to become:
  • A professional focused on developing technologies to engineer and reinvent the raw material cycles and make them more sustainable.
  • An entrepreneur in resource recovery and innovative technologies for sustainable mining, extraction processes and material use.
  • A world citizen with an international network of (future) professionals: the programme is joined by students from several continents and intensively promotes international networking, exchange of knowledge and experience between students, researchers and professionals of different nationalities.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

To be admitted to the SINReM programme, you need to:
  1. hold a Bachelor degree (equivalent to at 180 ECTS) in a discipline closely related to the SINReM scope (see above for examples);*
  2. have a strong background in science (equivalent to at least 15 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics and 10 ECTS in chemistry);*
  3. have completed your previous degree(s) with good or very good grades (typically top 30% of the students);
Language requirements

Accepted official language test certificates (the certificate cannot be older than 5 years):
  • TOEFL IBT (at least total score of 86 out of 120)
  • TOEFL PBT (at least total score of 570)
  • Academic IELTS (overall band score of at least 6.5 with at least 6 for writing)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
If you have obtained at least 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction, you can provide a stamped and signed certificate of English proficiency issued by your home university. Only for nationals of: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

About the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering is one of the 11 faculties of Ghent University.

The faculty is strongly dedicated to international education, welcoming an average of 350 international students from 100 different nationalities each academic year, on a total amount of almost 3000 students. The focal research topic of the faculty is the living matter in all its diversity.

The research domains are clustered around Natural Capital, Sustainable Primary Production, Food and Health, Green Chemistry, Bio-Economy, Clean Environmental Technology, Biotechnology and Data-Analysis. Our research excellence is the basis of top-quality education and high international rankings.

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering of UGent is top 12-ranked for Agricultural Sciences (QS Ranking, NTU Ranking, Shangai Ranking) and positioned 51 for Life Sciences according to the Times Higher Education Ranking.

Alumni of our international master programmes get a broad range of career options as entrepreneurs, policy makers and research experts.

The faculty is located in the city of Ghent: a charming, medieval, multi-cultural city with 300.000 inhabitants and home to 77.000 students. 45,000 of those are students of Ghent University, of which our faculty is part.

The city centre of Ghent is a low emission zone with car-free parts and Ghent is a worldwide forerunner in the promotion of sustainable food.

Other courses offered by Ghent University

  • Master of Science in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Health Management in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development
  • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources for Sustainable Land Management
  • Master of Science in Rural Development
  • Master of Science in Soils and Global Change