Awarded the EIT Label in 2016
Materials provide the foundation of the modern global economy. They are becoming increasingly relevant for the shift to a decarbonising society as they enable the transition to renewable energy, electric mobility and resource efficiency, among others. Nevertheless, many materials are becoming critical.
Therefore, we need to develop robust solutions and game-changing technologies that allow for a sustainable stream of materials.
Sustainable Material Solutions with SUMA
The SUMA Master programme aims to train tomorrow’s resource engineers in collaborative work in a global world, gathering together some of the best educational programmes in the field of sustainable materials engineering in Europe. The goal is to ensure young scientists obtain a solid background in chemistry and physics, with competencies for designing and tailoring new material systems for specific functions, and with a specific view to the sustainability of processes and technologies in the field of material development. SUMA puts a particularly strong focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership and takes a holistic approach to the materials paradigm by exploring circular (eco) design, materials substitution, life cycle engineering and circular economy design, materials processing and recycling, manufacturing and innovation.
The Sustainable Materials (SUMA) Master programmes are two-year programmes embedded in the engineering programmes of the participating universities:
Master of Materials Engineering
Master in Sustainable Materials
University of Trento
Master in Materials and Production Engineering
Master in Sustainable Industrial Engineering
University of Milano-Bicocca
Master in Materials Science
There are in total 10 tracks, each of which has been awarded the EIT Label. Each track of the SUMA programme consists of one full year at an entry university, followed by a second year at one of the other participating universities.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training
As an EIT-Labelled Master programme, SUMA recognises the importance of providing students with the opportunity to explore the economic relevance of sustainable materials solutions and how they are practically implemented in industrial and societal settings. SUMA students will be provided with innovation and entrepreneurship training addressing the following:
- Courses dealing with the implementation of an innovation strategy at a company level and the management of the product development process and strategic management, creativity and decision-making for product development.
- Business simulation games.
- Testimonies given by young entrepreneurs on the role of engineering in the start-up of technological spin-off companies.
- Case studies presented by industrial and company experts in the field.
- Small group and individual project work addressing real-world problems.
One-week Summer School
Every year the SUMA Master programmes organise a summer school where all students from the different tracks come together to learn from leading experts on a particular sustainable materials topic. During the summer school, students will work together in teams on societal and technological challenges, using the knowledge and lecture content from the expert summer school faculty. The 2017 edition took place in Leuven and discussed the topic of ‘Digitising the Circular Economy’, where students learned how the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analysis and Industry 4.0 principles can be applied to sustainable materials processing and recycling. The 2018 SUMA summer school enabled students to master methods of multi-criteria assessment and to develop innovations from lab to business projects and commercialisation.
Professional Profiles after Graduation
Are you a student who is:
- Interested in earth sciences, mining, materials sciences and engineering?
- Motivated to explore the connection between materials technology and its environmental and socio-economic factors?
- Keen to become entrepreneurial and start your own company?
- Motivated to work closely with industry and research on cutting-edge challenges?
The SUMA Master programme aims at training scientists with a solid background in chemistry and physics, with competencies for designing and tailoring new material systems for specific functions, and with a specific view to the sustainability of processes and technologies in the field of material development.
The main job opportunities are in industries and research centres in Europe, working on the development and production of functional materials for advanced applications and high technology.
Graduates can start a career as highly valued future leaders in positions of responsibility in managing the advanced material design, production processes and material qualifying protocols in high-tech firms, material diagnostics and analysis in industries and research centres, and material development projects and scientific research projects in the field of material science and technology innovation.
Generally, all students should have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (or equivalent), as well as proof of English language proficiency.
Candidates must meet the admission criteria of the Master’s Degree Programmes of both partner institutions of their chosen track. Please refer to the individual entry university websites for information on admission requirements.
Application for the SUMA programme is a multi-step process.
Applicants should register on the SUMA website: www.master-suma.eu
For information on the registration/application deadlines for the entry universities, please check the following:
University of Trento
University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB)
Fees vary based on programme track and country of origin.
Total fees for EEA students range from €77 to €5,500.
Total fees for non-EEA students range from €600 to €12,000.
Visit www.master-suma.eu for details
For students beginning in September 2019, EIT-Label scholarships from EIT RawMaterials of up to €9,000 per student are available with additional financial support for student involvement in conferences, summer schools and other events. For information on how EIT-Label scholarships will be awarded and who is eligible, please contact the coordinating university directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
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