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7-8 million

jobs in Circular Economy by 2030 with the global ecological transition plan set out by the 17 SDG

MSc Circular Economy and Sustainable Innovation

Full-time study

Esdes Business School
Circular Economy Manager training program

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Msc Circular Economy and Sustainable innovation

The MSc program in Circular Economy and Sustainable Innovation offers an in-depth exploration of the principles, strategies and practices necessary to create a sustainable and circular economy. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Circular Economy framework and its applications across various sectors.

The program covers a wide range of subjects, including sustainable resource management, waster reduction and recycling, eco-design, sustainable supply chains, circular business models and policy development for a circular economy.

Students learn to analyse and evaluate the environmental, social and economic impacts of different production and consumption patterns. They also gain expertise in designing and implementing circular solutions, such as closed-loop systems, product lifecycle assessment, remanufacturing and renewable energy integration

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For the past 30 years, Esdes have been preparing students and professionals, through education and research, to create sustainable value, in order to create a responsible economy in a globalized and digital world. With this commitment, Esdes contributes to the emergence of a responsible economy driven by its employees, partners, alumni and students.

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  • Develop an innovative circular economy strategy
  • Implement a circularization strategy
  • Evaluate performance, societal and environmental impacts
  • Initiate and support change
  • Mobilize and develop specialized skills in circular economy




Degree: Master of Science

Classes: On campus core classes and electives within a multicultural environment: the overall program is worth 90 ECTS

Duration: 13 months – beginning every October (or deferred entry possible for December)

Professional experience during the program: Consultancy project and 4-month internship

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Why enroll for the Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies program?

The overexploitation of natural resources required to achieve economic growth has negatively impacted the environment and adversely affected their availability and cost. So, it is easy to see why the idea of a circular economy, which offers new ways to create a more sustainable economic growth model, is taking hold across the globe. 

This program is designed to help you understand the growing businesses cases for sustainable solutions and learn how to manage and grow a sustainable business.



Lyon, European and biodiversity Capital

Elected French Capital of Biodiversity in 2019, the city is committed to protect its fauna and flora, to the delight of its visitors. France’s second largest urban area has managed to climb to the 4th place in the ranking, thanks to the development of the Green Spaces policies. As a part of the implementation of soft mobility, the city of Lyon is launching projects for the public highway in order to facilitate the road sharing between different types of transports, but also to protect cyclists and pedestrians.


Preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow

The transition towards a circular economy means restructuring economic models in order to meet the challenges of resources and environmental preservation. With the European Green Deal, nearly 700,000 local, sustainable and non-relocatable jobs will be created around eco-design, the economy of functionality, waste prevention and recycling, …

With a 13-months period (including 4 of internships), the new MSc was built in collaboration with the main stakeholders of the circular economy. Accessible with a Master 1, the program, 100% in English, will allow students to acquire the skills to implement and evaluate the circularization strategy with regard to societal and environmental impacts, to support performance and change remediation. The teachings will leave a large part to real experience, to intervene with business managers that initiated the creation of the program and to the expertise of our research professors in order to train our students on tomorrow’s professions: Sustainable procurement manager, circular economy Manager, functionality economy consultant, sustainable transition manager…


This program runs from October each year.


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Students will develop skills and specific competencies to manage activities required in the career opportunities :

  • Development of a business model, a development plan and corporate culture, taking into account the transition to the circular economy,
  • Design of integrated and innovative solutions for services and goods for all stakeholders (including customers) by adapting material resources and developing the company’s intangible resources (employee skills, trust, occupational health, organizational relevance);
  • Developing cooperation between stakeholders of the product/service value chain around the company project, including through the implementation of employees and stakeholders development,
  • Leading a complete internal and/or external project team involving all functions to design a proposal based on the circular economy;
  • Participation in the creation of value for all stakeholders,
  • Setting up KPis for the company’s activities, particularly cooperation within the sector, and performance indicators based on the satisfaction of customer needs, on environmental and social impacts and on territorial, environmental and social impacts,
  • Benchmarking of new sustainable business models.


  •  Study business in France and follow a program taught in English, within a multicultural context,
  •  Learn with a balanced mix of academic and professional experiences,
  • Acquire a solid and lasting foundation for the progression of your career,
  • Develop your managerial skills and reveal your leadership potential,
  • Become an expert in a high potential field and highly innovative activity, in 13 months.


Program Teaching hours

(exams included)

Block 1 : Elaboration of a Circular Economy Strategy – 15 ECTS
Strategic Diagnosis 12
Value Chain Management 18
From Linear to Circular Economy 30
Eco Innovation for Design Thinking 18
Legal Environment for Circular Economy 18
Block 2 : Circular Economy Strategy Implementation – 15 ECTS
Sustainable Business Models 18
Financing Innovation 14
From Strategy to Action Plans 18
Sustainability Controlling and Management 18
Choice of 2 Masterclasses : Frugal Innovation, Leadership Skills, Waste Management or Responsible Management 2×18
Block 3 : Evaluation of Performance of Societal and Environmental Impacts – 15 ECTS
Sustainability Performance Indicators 18
Green Finance 18
Audit Techniques 18
Implementation of Circular Economy Practices 18
Lean Process Improvment 18
Block 4 : Instruction in Change Management – 15 ECTS
Change Management and Learning for Sustainability 18
Circular Economy Stakeholders 18
Project Management Tools 12
Communication Plan 18
Situational Performance and Collective Management 18
Risk Management 18


The candidate must:
• be finishing or have already completed a four year degree (equivalent to 240 ECTS) in France or abroad ; BBA or M1 in the fields of Engineering, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, etc.
• have at least a B2 level in English (5.5 IELTS]

Applications will be received once all documents are submitted.
Applicants will also be invited to a personal interview online and in English, as part of admission process.

Applications are evaluated as follows:

Admission for the MSc’s degree Weighting
Application form 10
English 3
Personal Interview in English 7


Native English speakers or candidates who have been studying in English for at least two years will be exempt from the English requirement. In this case, applications are evaluated as follows:

Admission for Master’s degree Weighting
Application form 10
Personal interview in English 10


Documents required for your application:

  • Application file
  • photocopy of identity document ;
  • CV + cover letter ;
  • photocopy of the baccalaureate or equivalent;
  • any post-baccalaureate diplomas already obtained;
  • all transcripts of grades obtained during the years of higher education;
  • proof of English level B2 or English-speaking student or 2 years of courses 100% in English;
  • letter of recommendation (professional or academic);
  • application fee.



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Please note that for the December intake, Early bird rate is available for non-EU international students: 10% discount applicable to the year’s tuition fees if the complete application form is sent in and the tuition fees are paid before the end of July.

You have questions about the Early bird? Ask our team: join@esdes.fr  



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Circular Economy at a glance

700 000

The number of jobs that will be created with the application of measures in favor of the circular economy in Europe

Source : OECD


The increase in sustainability-linked transactions in 2021 compared to 2020

Source : Bloomberg


The percentage of the population in Asia who accept the prospect of paying a higher price for green products

Source : Grey Global Group


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