12 months
Full Time
On Campus
October 2023
Tuition Fee
€ 18500 (Individual)
€ 9500 (POLIMI MSc Alumni)
Professional Experience
Less than 3 years

Tel: +39 02 2399 2820


In today’s economic scenario, sustainability has become a hot topic for every kind of company and organisation. In order to achieve sustainable development, companies are required to properly manage energy and product flows along their lifecycle, developing the so-called Circular Economy.

That’s why companies require new managerial figures, able to transform their business models and the way they carry out innovation projects.
With this Master, you will acquire the ability to set up a sustainability-oriented strategy, with particular reference to circular economy and energy management. You will also learn how to successfully design sustainable products, thus managing a “sustainable” company with the need to evolve towards a more sustainable and circular-economic model.

Two international Master programmes come under the heading of Sustainability Management:

The above courses comprise modules of a collective-interest nature, during which students will together study topics relevant to the overall theme; after this they diverge, each offering modules specific to the relevant subject area.

The International Master in Environmental Sustainability and Circular Economy is a 12-month International Master programme offered by us at POLIMI GSoM. Our main objective is to provide you with the necessary skills for a managerial career in the field of sustainability, with a special focus on topics related to Energy Management and Circular Economy.

  • We are the only Business School in Europe (and one of just a few worldwide!) that has achieved the B Corp Certification. This prestigious recognition is a testament to our commitment to sustainable development and to building a more inclusive society.
  • Our faculty includes professors and researchers with very different and complementary backgrounds, who can offer a technical and business-oriented learning approach.
  • POLIMI GSoM features a vast network of international companies, and professionals from partner companies actively give their contribution for the duration of the Master.
  • Innovative teaching methods, with a smart learning and project-based approach and extensive use of real case studies.
  • 1 year: 9 months in class + 3-month project
  • 100% in English
  • In partnership with the main players in the Sustainability field


  1. sustainability, with particular reference to circular economy, is increasingly becoming a potential source of competitive advantage for companies in many sectors.
  2. the sustainability trend opens up great business opportunities for both incumbent companies  and newcomers, such as startups.
  3. according to Forbes, today’s young people are as concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money. An astronomical 94% want to use their skills to benefit a cause.

Strongly experiential approach

Including soft skills for professional development

Are you passionate about sustainability and would you like to start a career in this field? With this Master, you will learn how to achieve the goal of sustainable development by managing the challenges related to Circular Economy.

By learning how to interpret and govern sustainability from a strategic and managerial perspective, you will develop the skills to set up a sustainability-oriented strategy, with particular reference to circular economy and energy management.

You will also learn how to design sustainable product, services and business models.

If you are eager to align personal and professional sustainability values, this programme could be the right choice for you.

Please note that we’ve designed this programme for recent graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. If you have more experience, you might also like to take a look at our International MBA programmes. 

Our International Master in Environmental Sustainability and Circular Economy offers innovative teaching and learning approaches.

For you, we have designed standard in-class lectures, videos, and digital content, but also formats that create a very active environment and opportunities for discussion and the sharing of information, such as teamwork, workshops, simulations and case studies.

To participate fully in classes and company visits, your presence on campus is highly recommended, especially from January 2023 onwards; in cases of visa delays, travel barriers or other specific issues, it would be possible to continue attending classes online.

Our partner companies will not simply support but will also help to run the programme: they will design the content with our faculty and bring their direct experience to the class, proposing real cases to discuss during the sessions and offering qualified internship positions to the best students.

We teach this Master entirely in English


The job creation potential of the circular economy is huge, and the demand for better, more efficient products and services is booming. (Jyrki Katainen)

  • By 2025 the sharing economy market is expected to grow twentyfold (USD bn). The circular economy offers significant new and better growth opportunities. (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)
  • $1 tn are the investments and value creation in green transportation and energy surpassed in 2020. (WEF, 2020)
  • €1.8 tn are the annual benefits that moving towards a circular economy could yield in Europe by 2030. (McKinsey)

The EU Action Plan calls for initiatives for the entire lifecycle of products (design, manufacturing, consumption, repair, reuse, recycling). “It is not possible to achieve the climate-neutrality target by 2050 without transitioning to a fully circular economy”.


This Master gets you ready for a variety of roles, some of which are: 

  • Energy and sustainability manager ̶  responsible for optimising energy production and use in a company and making sure it sets and meets environmental goals. 
  • Innovation manager ̶  a professional who focuses on the development of new products, services or processes.
  • Consultant ̶  advises companies on exploiting opportunities related to energy management and circular economy.
  • Start-upper ̶  founder/co-founder of a startup aimed at exploiting opportunities related to energy management and circular economy.


We offer highly personalised services so that you can develop the necessary skills, tools, strategies and the professional network, to help you succeed in today’s complex and competitive global job market.

Some of the services offered include:

  • Careers workshops integrated into your Master programme to help you develop the career management skills needed to be competitive in the job market
  • Digital tools and artificial intelligence for optimising your CV and measuring and improving your hard, soft, and digital skills
  • Individual consultation meetings with professional career coaches
  • Free access to the POLIMI GSoM Global Network of careers websites
  • Networking events with employers, including company presentations, company visits, on-campus recruiting events, and Career Days
  • Preferential access to internship and job advertisements on Job Teaser, the School’s digital careers platform

Discover more about the services of our Career Development Center



  • Fill in the form at
  • Upload these documents: 
  • Your CV in English 
  • University Transcripts/Mark sheets 
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (if you have them) 
  • Passport or ID 
  • Digital Picture 
  • Letter of reference 
  • Motivation letter 
  • Financial Aid Essay (if you are applying for one of our tuition fee reductions) 
  • English proficiency certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent (if you have one) 
  • Pay the Application Fee (EUR €100) 


We will let you know if you have been selected for a Motivational Interview, which will be held online and in English. 


We will send you an email with our final decision, as well as details about your scholarship (if you apply for one). 


After you receive our email and the admission contract, we ask you kindly to confirm your participation in the programme by paying the first instalment.


We at POLIMI GSoM have partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. Easily and securely make education payments in your own currency, using local payment methods from the safety and convenience of your home. With real-time tracking and 24×7 multilingual support, millions of students and families around the world trust Flywire for payment processing.  

The programme costs €18,500. These costs cover the entire length of our programme, but they do not include living and travel expenses. If you’ve done a Master of Science programme at Politecnico di Milano in or after 2019, your tuition fee is €9,500

We at POLIMI GSoM have partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. For more info, click here. 

Applicants of the International Junior Specialising Masters can apply for fee reductions. These are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s a good idea to apply early. If you’d like financial aid, you need to request it when you submit your application form – please note that late requests for financial aid won’t be considered. 

If you would like more information about financial aid and contributions take a look at our dedicated webpage. 

Please note that we don’t offer full scholarships, and that the DSU and other scholarships offered by Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Government cannot be used for POLIMI GSoM’s programmes. 

Discover more on our financial aid opportunities


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