Master of Science Circular Economy

This advanced Master’s degree aims to train specialists capable of addressing the environmental challenges of companies and industries at regional level, thanks to knowledge and expertise in the eco-design field.

The course covers all the knowledge, methods and tools required to innovate:

  • by limiting environmental impacts,
  • by improving the structure’s financial and social performance,
  • to achieve eco-efficiency, by combining eco-efficiency and relevance,
  • from a regional viewpoint.

Key information

Venue: Rennes campus

  • Course length: 12 to 18 months
  • Program taught in French
  • Master’s required
  • Format: work-study program (professional training contract)
  • Tuition fees: €6,600 (€5,000 for UniLaSalle alumni) for individuals/€8,840 for companies
  • Program accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
of the program
  • A varied program to develop expertise
  • Regular contribution from specialized external professionals
  • Work-study program
  • Group projects supervised by associate professors from the EME school
  • A professional thesis in the specific field of interest
  • Skills to benefit regions

The program

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop innovative procedures, products or services related to regional issues. This involves collecting the necessary data to offer an eco-efficient project according to knowledge of the market, production sectors and regional stakes. It is a creative phase.
  • Study the feasibility of a regional and industrial ecology project, decide on the appropriate methodology and technical tools. Circular economy methodologies and tools are implemented to draw up a technical proposal. Based on fine mapping, the aim is to foster synergy between a region’s businesses to do more to reduce environmental impacts.
  • Supervise and coordinate an eco-efficient project and multidisciplinary team. Starting from the preliminary design and feasibility study stages, the assignment involves steering the project, managing a team from various disciplines, and coordinating the eco-innovation development program. This involves monitoring the project and developing the eco-efficient solution both commercially and scientifically.

Industrial Ecology and Regional Environmental Management:

84 hours (12 days)

  • Industrial and regional ecology approach and methodology
  • Systemic analysis and environmental management tools
  • Regional ecology and stakeholder systems: policies, stakeholders, regions
  • Industrial and regional ecology reports and analysis
  • Resource development streams
  • Circular economy and biomimetics
  • Examples of application in port areas

Eco-innovation project – case study (by group):

96 hours (14 days)

  • Project management and steering
  • Project or case study

Type, challenges and fields of eco-innovation:

35 hours (5 days)

  • Eco-innovation challenges
  • Type, targets, fields and stakeholders involved in eco-innovation
  • The region, an innovative setting

Eco-efficiency and environmental assessment:

84 hours (12 days)

  • Environmental assessment: from indicators to tools
  • Life Cycle Assessment Concept (LCA) and applications
  • Eco-design approach and methodology
  • From eco-design to eco-innovation
  • Clean technologies and energy process intensification
  • Industrial eco-design
  • Example of an eco-design project

Innovation, entrepreneurship and management:

49 hours (7 days)

  • Eco-innovative project management
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Economic intelligence and innovation
  • Sociology of innovation
  • Foster and support eco-innovation
  • Types of entrepreneurship

4 to 6 months in a professional setting

Work on the professional thesis can begin at the start of the academic year if the project is mentored. It will, in the end, be based on 4 to 6 months of professional experience. If work commitments are too great for those in employment, thesis writing can begin after the year of teaching and the course will therefore last 18 months.

The thesis leads to written reflection and an oral defense before an examining board.

At the end of the course, when the student has fulfilled all the requirements, the Ecole des Métiers de l’Environnement awards the Advanced Master’s degree, accredited by the French Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

How to apply?

The course is aimed at employees, students and job seekers. For your application to be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Engineering degree or Master’s level university degree
  • Master’s level business school degree
  • National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP) level I
  • First-year university Master’s degree or equivalent level, with at least 3 years’ professional experience
  • Foreign degree equivalent to the above-mentioned French qualifications

Exceptionally, other candidates may be admitted.

Regarding graduates, all disciplines are eligible. There are no specific entry requirements. The purpose of the course is to mix cultures and profiles to add to exchanges between lecturers and students.

The student intake is made up of people employed in companies, local authorities or research centers wishing to acquire expertise in the circular economy field to successfully complete eco-innovative projects (processes/products/services), people changing careers, and recent Master’s graduates. The following profiles have already been accepted on the course: architects, economists, political science graduates, engineers, computer scientists, etc.

Admission Dates

You can submit your application from December 2018. Students will be selected on a case by case basis according to the places available.

Career opportunities

In large companies, industrial or eco-industrial groups

  • Environmental Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Environment & Sustainable Development Project Manager
  • Sustainable Development & CSR Manager

In a specialized research center

  • Eco-Design and Environmental Assessment Consultant
  • Waste and Industrial Ecology Consultant
  • Consultant in Sustainable Development Strategy and Circular Economy

In a local authority, government agency (ADEME, DREAL), professional union or specialized association

  • Industrial and Regional Ecology Coordinator
  • Environmental Assessment Coordinator


Adélaïde DOLBEAU
Communications and Recruitment Manager (Rennes campus)
+33 2 90 02 85 22