Circular Economy Frameworks

The circular economy (CE) challenges the fundamentals of how we manufacture, distribute, use and consume products and services. It is recognised as the most systemic shift in global industrial economics since the industrial revolution and has the attention of policymakers, CEOs, business and society at large but will require new knowledge, skills and networks.

How will the course benefit my career/organisation?

The course has been specifically designed as an introduction to the circular economy and is ideal for those new to the subject or seeking to update their knowledge base and skillset. Upon completion you will gain new skills and knowledge of circular economy frameworks including:

  • A comprehensive introduction of the transition from a linear model to a circular economy model and its beneficial impact on the planet
  • The opportunities and issues of going circular – cutting edge insights using case study to inform your business model and sustainability value proposition
  • Learn how to adopt a range of practical tools and communication methods to build the business case internally and profile your organisation with wider stakeholders
  • Join a network of other circular economy professionals to share ideas and make new connections
  • Lead sustainable innovation in your organisations activities and commercial aims and objectives
  • No exams – assignments are practical and project-based
  • No previous knowledge required
  • A university accreditation to add to you CV
  • Enhance your career prospects in the rapidly-growing sustainability jobs market

What to expect

  • Guest speakers from across industry sectors
  • Interactive sessions and group activities
  • Circular Economy, Enterprise & Business Models
  • Material Flows, Supply Chains and Logistics
  • Digitisation and the power of data
  • Sustainability Reporting and Business Planning
  • Resource Management and ICT as enabler Core
  • Circular Economy principles and theory
  • Develop climate leadership in your place of work, business or organisation

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum NFQ level 7 degree which can be in science, business, management, engineering, food & beverage sector, marketing or any relevant degree area. The University’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.

Course Information

NFQ: Level 8

Single Subject Certification
1 semester, part-time, online, evening, two hours a week for 12 weeks.


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“This programme has benefited me both personally and professionally and I have been able to bring my learning into my current job role. Companies now recognise they have to do their part to reach carbon neutrality, to integrate new legislation into their business operations and strategy”

Sharon O’Sullivan

Delivery Team

Helena McMahon

Dr Helena McMahon
Director, IKC3 Project, MTU

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Dr. Aodhan Newsholme
Lecturer Circular Economy, MTU

Eve Savage

Eve Savage
Educational Designer, MTU