MSc in Zero Defect Manufacturing for a Circular Economy

MSc in Zero Defect Manufacturing for a Circular Economy


The Master’s in Zero Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy, is an internationally recognized double degree program backed by EIT and EIT Manufacturing. This program blends a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing science, encompassing equipment physics and processes, with a focus on data analysis, including the application of acquired process data for ensuring process quality. Additionally, it emphasizes process management, with an emphasis on enabling greater flexibility for smaller batch production.


The programme is a double degree programme with integrated, mandatory geopraphical mobility. This means that you will study at two European universities in two different countries that have partnered with EIT Manufacturing. Upon fulfilment of all degree requirements, students receive two degrees: one from the entry university and another one from the exit university.

Please check below for the list of entry and exit university combinations.

Important information

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Application period: Will open early November 2024
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 2 years (full-time)
  • Credits: 120 ECTS
  • Deadline: 31 March 2025
  • Eligibility: Relevant Bachelor’s degree (Check Syllabi for details)

Good to know

  • Affiliation: EIT Label certificate
  • Double degee: One from entry & one from exit university
  • Scholarship: Merit based and Mobility Grant
  • Tuition fees (EU Students): 8000€ per year
  • Tuition fees (NON EU/EFTA): 15000€ per year
  • Summer School: Innovation & Entrepreneurship track included
  • Field of study: Technology & Engineering

How to apply?!

Applications for the 2025 – 2027 cohort will open early November 2024.

We encourage non-EU students to apply early for Visa purposes.

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All EIT Manufacturing Master degree programmes are Awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the EIT Label is a certificate of quality and excellence for educational programmes that are focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership. EIT-labelled degrees encourage innovative pedagogies and incorporate mandatory mobility schemes for students.

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Programme description

This programme is an intricate fusion of various key components that collectively equip students with a well-rounded understanding of the manufacturing field. It encompasses an exploration of manufacturing science, which delves into the underlying physics of equipment and processes. This aspect of the curriculum provides students with a deep knowledge of the fundamental principles that govern the machinery and techniques used in manufacturing.

Furthermore, the programme includes a comprehensive study of data analysis. Here, students learn not only how to gather and analyze data but also the methodology for effectively utilizing this acquired process data to enhance and maintain process quality. This ensures that graduates are not just proficient in gathering data but also skilled in translating it into actionable insights to drive improvements in manufacturing processes.

In addition, the programme emphasizes process management, equipping students with the skills and knowledge required to oversee and optimize manufacturing processes. This includes an exploration of the flexibility needed for handling smaller production batches, a crucial aspect in today’s diverse manufacturing landscape. Graduates are thus well-prepared to manage manufacturing processes effectively, even in scenarios involving smaller lot production, thereby making them adaptable and versatile professionals in the field of manufacturing.

Upon graduating from the Master’s in Zero Defect Manufacturing for a Circular Economy (ZD) programme, students will be able to:

  • Apply their acquired engineering knowledge in Zero Defect to develop novel or enhanced methods, techniques, products, and services within their field.
  • Demonstrate creativity in problem-solving, thinking innovatively to address real-world challenges and generating fresh ideas.
  • Formulate comprehensive plans and make decisions while considering future consequences from scientific, ethical, and societal perspectives.
  • Translate innovations within the field into viable and successful business solutions, fostering entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Collaborate effectively within small team settings, taking into account all pertinent factors and showcasing strong decision-making and leadership skills.
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Entry – Exit combination

Students can select their preferred first (entry) and second (exit) year university combination from the provided list. Please choose up to 3 preferred combinations in the application portal (but do not choose the same entry or exit university in more than 2 preferred choices). Kindly check the “Programme syllabi” file for more information.

Note: The allocation of combinations are subject to various criteria and we do not guarantee the preferred choice will be provided in the programme acceptance letter.

Programme syllabi

Programme structure

In the initial year of their programme, students are obligated to complete 40-50 ECTS credits in technical courses and an additional 10-20 ECTS credits in courses related to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, summing up to a total of 60 ECTS credits. In the subsequent year, the curriculum comprises 10-20 ECTS credits in technical courses, another 10-20 ECTS credits in Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses, and a substantial 30 ECTS credits devoted to their Master’s thesis, resulting in a total of 60 ECTS credits.

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Partner univesities

The EIT Manufacturing Master School university partners for MSc in Zero Defect Manufactruing for a Circular Economy (ZD) are,

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Aalto University

University College Dublin

Grenoble INP

University of Trento