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MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation

MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation

Batch Starts 31st Dec'2023

Abroad Intake Sep'2025

Key Benefits of the Program

  • Dual certification

    ESDES is accredited by both AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS)

  • Upto60 Months

    Eligible for PGWP/Post Study Work/OPT visa application after graduation

  • INR50 Lakhs

    Average salary in France after completion of the course

Program Structure and Fees

MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation is a 24 months course where in the first 11 months you will be studying online with IMT Ghaziabad. Tuition fees for Online course is INR 4 Lakhs (inclusive of taxes). For the next 13 months, you will be transferring to France and studying on-campus at ESDES Business School. Tuition fees for ESDES Business School is approximately EUR 12,510. You will also have to incur approximately EUR 9,100 per annum as living costs in France.
  1. Country


    Course Name

    • Advanced General Management Program


    • Bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks or above.

    Tuition Fees

    INR 4,00,000

    Cost of Living


    Mode of Teaching



    11 months

  2. Country


    Course Name

    • MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation


    • An aggregate score of 50% and above in the Advanced General Management Program by IMT Ghaziabad with a minimum of 50% in each course.
    • English Proficiency Requirements are B2 level in English: TOEFL >= 72 or IELTS score >= 5.5.

    Tuition Fees

    ~ EUR 12,510

    Cost of Living

    ~ EUR 9,100 per annum

    Mode of Teaching



    1 year 1 month

Other Benefits

  • Dual certification - IMT Ghaziabad as well as ESDES, France
  • ESDES is one of the Top 100 Business Schools of Europe at #81 as per FT 2022
  • Dual Accreditation - ESDES is accredited by both AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS)
  • ESDES Lyon Business School is ranked 4th best school to study at, awarded a HappyatSchool label in France
  • Eligible to apply for up to 5 years PSW after graduation
  • In-built TOEFL/IELTS prep to be provided by upGrad
  • World Class Faculty Members & Industry Experts
  • Dedicated Student Success Team
About IMT Ghaziabad
Established in 1980, Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad (IMT-G) is India’s premier management school and is the 4th business school in the country accredited by the coveted AACSB. Strategically located in Delhi-NCR region, IMTG has distinct focus on grooming leadership through innovation, execution, and social responsibility. IMT Ghaziaba is the proud alma mater of more than 300 C–suite executives. ...Read more
About ESDES Business School
ESDES Business School is a distinguished private school and a proud member of the prestigiousConférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE) while also holding the esteemedAACSB accreditation. Since its founding in1987 as a part of the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy), the school has held a deep sense of pride in its endeavor to nurture principled and valuesdriven business leaders, a core commitment that has played a pivotal role in shaping its esteemed standing. The school boasts two strategically located campuses in the city centers of Lyon and Annecy, vibrant and multicultural cities that attract an impressive annual influx of over 140,000 students.ESDES's pedagogy fosters a close teacher-student bond, providing personalized support. Alongside its enduring values, the school holds esteemed accreditations, vouching for program quality. Students engage in real-world collaborations through internships, part-time professors, and work-study programs, infusing purpose into their learning.Moreover, the school's extensive alumni network of over6,000 graduate students is a valuable resource, offering mentorship, career guidance, and networking opportunities to current and recent graduates. ...Read more
About France
Studying in France for international students can be a transformative experience, and here are compelling reasons why it is the most popular non-English-speaking country for higher education.The French government prioritizes investment in higher education, allocating a substantial budget of over 29.25 billion euros for research and development in 222. With a network of more than 70 universities and a diverse range of programs spanning from science and engineering to fashion and design, France offers a robust educational landscape.Higher education in France is a system of over 3,500 public and private institutions, including universities, doctoral schools, engineering schools, business and management schools, post-secondary public schools of art, and more. Over 2.5 million students, including 12% from abroad, benefit from this system. There are also classes and programs in preparation for entry to the Grandes Ecoles, as well as courses taught in English, with more than 1,200 options available, which makes it a viable option for Indian students. Additionally, short programs are offered for foreign students to learn French through cultural visits.A degree from a French university is highly regarded internationally. According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, 32 French universities are ranked among the top 1,000 universities in the world.Throughout history, French universities have produced an impressive number of Nobel laureates, totaling over 72 across various disciplines such as physics, literature, and medicine.Cost of studying in France is also relatively affordable compared to other popular destinations like the United States and the United Kingdom. Public universities in France charge low tuition fees for both bachelor’s in France for Indian students & master’s in France for Indian students, and students can also benefit from a range of scholarships and grants to support their studies.Most higher education institutions in France are state-funded. Therefore, there is a nominal fee depending on the level of study. The average public university in France charges €170 per year for a bachelor’s degree, €243 for a master’s degree, €380 for a PhD and €601 to attend an engineering school for domestic students. For international undergraduate students, the fees would be €2,770 per year, €3,770 for postgraduate study and €380 per year for a PhD.France is known for its rich history, culture, and cuisine. Students can immerse themselves in the vibrant arts scene, explore beautiful architecture, and indulge in delicious food and wine. The country also offers a high standard of living, with excellent healthcare, public transportation, and other amenities.Overall, studying in France offers a high-quality education, a range of program options, affordability, and a rich cultural experience. ...Read more

Career Opportunities

MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation

  • Sustainability Consultant

    EUR 48,500 Annually

  • Circular Economy Manager

    EUR 40,000 Annually

  • Sustainability Manager

    EUR 55,850 Annually

  • Environmental Specialist

    EUR 50,000 Annually

  • Environmental Policy Analyst

    EUR 57,900 Annually


IMT GhaziabadAdvanced General Management Program


ESDES Business SchoolMSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation

  • 300+

    Hours of Learning

  • 25+

    Live Sessions

  • 7+

    Case Study & Projects

  • 3+

    Tools & Softwares

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Curriculum

What is the scope of the MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation program?

The MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation is an engaging yet rigorous 11 months online (with IMT-Ghaziabad) and 13-months on-campus (ESDES Business School, France) program designed for students to develop practical knowledge and skills, establish a professional network, and accelerate entry into the field of circular economy, Chain management and resource management. The students, as part of this program, will receive dual certification - an Advanced General Management Program Certificate from IMT Ghaziabad and a Master’s degree in MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation from ESDES Business School, France. 

What should I expect from a MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation?

The MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation program equips students with the skills needed to meet the high demand in the field of Circular economy. The curriculum focuses on essential areas such as circular supply chains, sustainable resource management, waste reduction, eco-design, and policy development for a circular economy. With diverse options, students can tailor their studies to align with their interests and career goals. Additionally, the program facilitates the development of a strong professional network, allowing students to connect with industry leaders. Graduates of the program can pursue rewarding careers as Sustainability Manager, Waste Management Manager, Environmental Policy Analyst. Upon program completion, students also have the opportunity to apply for PSW in France, and receive support from ESDES Business School’s Career Services to kick start their careers in France.

Which topics are going to be covered as part of the online coursework?

The programme will be delivered on upGrad’s technology platform to create a superior learning experience for participants who want to be on the cutting edge of management. With this programme, IMT-G & ESDES Business School together seek to develop the next generation of leaders. The topics that are going to be covered in the initial online program are Marketing Management, Business Communication, Accounting & Finance, Decision Sciences, Business Economics, OB, HR Legal, Sales & Distribution, Business Strategy and Supply Chain Management.

What type of learning experience should I expect from the online coursework?

The online learning experience will be a mix of interactive lectures from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty. Additionally, the program comprises live lectures dedicated to solving your academic queries and reinforcing learning. The on-campus learning experience will offer students the opportunity to engage directly with faculty.

Is any certification granted at the end of the program?

Post successful completion of the online program, an Advanced General Management Program certificate would be awarded from IMT Ghaziabad and upon completion of the on-campus degree program, a Master's degree in MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation shall be conferred upon by ESDES Business School.

Can I sign up only for a few specific modules if I am interested in it?

No, the program is designed to be completed in its entirety, and cannot be taken as standalone modules.

About ESDES Business School

Why should you pursue a MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation from ESDES Business School, France ?

Below are a few compelling reasons why students should study MSc in Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation at ESDES:

  • Students develop the ability to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of various production and consumption patterns.
  • Students focus on mastering the design and implementation of circular strategies, including closed-loop systems, assessing product life cycles, remanufacturing, and integrating renewable energy sources.
  • Through an in-depth exploration of the circular economy framework, students cultivate a comprehensive grasp of its adaptable applications spanning diverse sectors.
  • The program offers students a powerful combination of a consultancy project and a 4-month internship, ensuring they gain vital professional experience. This hands-on engagement boosts their employability and fosters personal growth, preparing them for a successful and rewarding professional future.
  • As an added advantage, the program is entirely taught in English, providing an immersive experience on a historic campus.

Can international students work to pay for their educational expenses?

International students can work in France up to 964 hours per year, which is equivalent to 60% of the standard working week. This means that you can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during breaks. The minimum wage in France is €10.57 per hour, so you can earn a decent amount of money by working part-time in France. Working in France is a great way to supplement your income and help pay for your education. It is also a great way to experience French culture and make some new friends. If you are considering studying in France, we encourage you to look into the possibility of working part-time while you are there.

Will I be supported for TOEFL/IELTS/PTE or other English language exams during this program?

Yes, upGrad will help you prepare for the English proficiency test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for the Master's program in France.

When will I go to ESDES Business School?

ESDES Business School offers only one intake for students coming through the accelerator route. The intake will be September (Fall) and December (Winter) intake. Though the application process for ESDES Business School will start during the IMT Ghaziabad online program, you will be able to go to ESDES Business School in the nearest intake which is at least 3 months away from completion of your IMT Ghaziabad program.

When will I get an Offer Letter from ESDES Business School?

upGrad will apply for you to ESDES Business School once all the documents are provided by you (as given in the offer letter issued to you by upGrad). Apart from the documents mentioned in the offer letter of ESDES Business School, you will have to give proof of English proficiency for application of admission in ESDES Business School. upGrad will support you to get your English proficiency scores within 3 months of the start of the batch to accelerate this process.

Selection Criteria

How do I know if the program is right for me?

  • Strong academic background is desirable, providing an advantage in the MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation program.
  • The program caters to individuals aspiring for diverse career opportunities such as Sustainability Manager, Waste Management Manager, Environmental Policy Analyst & Sustainable Transition Manager.
  • The MSc Circular Economy & Sustainable Innovation program empowers students with hands-on learning through a consultancy project and 4-month internship, bolstering employability and personal growth for a successful future.

Is there any minimum educational qualification required to take this program?

To be eligible for the program, the following criteria need to be fulfilled: 
For IMT Ghaziabad:
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% marks or above.
For ESDES Business School:
  • An aggregate score of 50% and above in the Advanced General Management Program by IMT Ghaziabad with a minimum of 50% marks in each course.
  • English Proficiency Requirements are B2 level in English: TOEFL >= 72 or IELTS score >= 5.5 

Is work experience required for this course?

A relevant professional work experience is recommended but not mandatory.

What is the application process for the program and what are the timelines?

You can start the application process by submitting the application. Applications have already started for the next cohort. 
  • Class 12th transcripts
  • Official Undergraduate degree transcript, semester marksheets and certificate
  • Copies of passport
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Two letters of recommendation  (Academic/Professional)
  • Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL iBT, IELTS, PTE, etc.)

What is the selection process for this program?

There are 4 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed as.
Step 1- Complete Application -Complete your application and submit the required details. The Admissions Committee will then review your application - which include your work experience & educational background.
Step 2- Apply for the Scholarship- Submit your Statement of Purpose to join an IMTG program.
Step 3- Get Shortlisted & Receive the Offer Letter- Upon qualifying, an Offer Letter will be sent to you confirming your admission to the course.
Step 4- Block your Seat - Block your seat with an initial payment of INR 25,000 to enroll into the Program. Begin your leadership journey.

Time Commitment

What is the time commitment expected for the program?

At least 12-15 hours per week of time commitment is expected to be able to complete this program.

How will my doubts/questions be addressed in an online program?

Peer-to-peer discussion forum where you can post your queries and your peers/faculty/teaching assistants answer your queries within a day. Regular Q&A sessions with faculty to get clarification on conceptual doubts.


No cost CC EMI FAQ's

0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, State Bank of India, CITIBANK and HSBC)

2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

5. Are there any fees or down payment?
Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
[Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

Refund policy

Is there any deferral or refund policy for this program?

Refund Policy: (Programs with prep-session component)
Students must pay applicable caution money for the enrolment in the Program. This caution amount will be adjustable against the total Program fee payable by the student. You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting www.upgrad.com and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. Processing fee of INR. 20,000/- will be levied. If less than INR. 20,000/- have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such case. The student shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if any such refund requests are raised post Cohort Commencement Date and the student will continue to pay the EMI for a loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be cancelled. This is also applicable for those students who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the student can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same. In case of a refund, the student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of the loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount. Students must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded. Requests for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.
Deferral Policy: (Pre-Program Commencement)
If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch. However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort. A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for. The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% program fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply. The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per the prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).
Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement)
If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch. A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for. The student will be required to pay a deferral fee of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort. The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort. If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage. The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad.
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