Master in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy

The Specialized Master in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy of Rome Business School is the ideal choice for all people who wish to undertake management careers in divisions and organizations related to sustainability and at the same time take full part in the circular economy and benefit from the positive change it brings.

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Formula: Specialized - Online

Language: English

Enrollment: 89%

ROME: 8 Available seats

ONLINE: 9 Available seats

Intake: October Open Scholarship up to 15% valid until September, 30th.

Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy’s Overview

The Specialized Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy of Rome Business School is the ideal choice for anybody who wants to build a management career in sustainability related divisions and organizations, while at the same time taking full part in the circular Bioeconomy and benefitting from the positive change that it generates. Run in an Online or On-Campus format, the Master is designed to provide a strong foundation in sustainability management as well as the opportunity to understand the benefits of the circular bioBioeconomy and contribute directly to it by transforming existing businesses, creating sustainable products and setting sustainable development goals.

Rome Business School is a member of Planeta Formación y Universidades, an international network created in 2003 by the De Agostini and group Planeta that embodies a strong commitment from both companies, university education and vocational and lifelong training.

Shape your professional path through 4 pillars:

  • Real link with companies

An international network of companies partners to help young and senior professional in building their careers and RBS to create the better learning experience possible, thanks to Business Practice LAB, Company visits, in class exercises and exclusive lecturers

  • Internationality

Rome Business School is proudly the most international business school in Italy, being able to immerse our students in a stimulating environment, thanks to our international faculty, our exclusive Bootcamps in Silicon Valley, Barcellona, Paris, Rome and Tuscany and mixed ethnicity in our classes

  • Professional Impact

Our higher purpose is to build managers and leaders. For this reason we’ve built our Masters around our student’s professional and personal growth, providing different service and experiences, just like our Career Service, multiple company meetings, Company Shadowing, Individual Coaching sessions and a soft skills program.

  • Higher Purpose

Following our motto, Better Managers for a Better World, an entire section of our Masters is fully dedicated to higher purpose in business, Corporate Social Responsibility and creation of a sustainable approach and mindset to business.

Why choose our Specialized Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy?

  • Practice Lab

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Where students have the opportunity to put theory into practice and working on a real financial business case. All labs are run by managers from national and international companies, who teach participants how to prepare and present real company cases. 

*company partners are subject to change during the year.  

  • Salary Increase. After the completition of the Master, our student get on average a +24% salary increase, thanks to:
    • Independence and decision making; 91% have increased both.
    • Responsibilities: 84% of students have gained more responsibilities in their current job.
  • Global Experience

    International Bootcamp in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and Tuscany.

In 2022 RBS has decided to upgrade the Bootcamps offer, adding 3 more international experience, in which students will experience an intensive and fully immersive business experience, meeting international managers and developing new bonds with foreign students.

  • Insight into the process for applying for funds from the European Commission for projects tackling key environmental issues, such as climate change, air pollution, etc.
  • Sustainable business models: Enabling participants to rethink businesses by creating a Business Canvas Model that creates value, while simultaneously optimizing resources

    Structured and divided in two main pillars


    Dare to think differently. Dare to act innovatively.

    A 5-step structure is built to help you discover how to organize, chose and bring to life your business idea

      • Career Accelerator Program

    Explore, Build, Engage, Act, Evolve

    An entire team of professionals provides our attendants with a personalized Career Path specifically designed to shape his or her own professional profile in order to become a competitive figure in nowadays’ job market.

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Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy: The Master Program’s Structure

The Specialized Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy is designed to provide a
strong foundation in sustainability management, as well as the opportunity to understand the benefits of the circular
Bioeconomy and contribute directly to it by transforming existing businesses, creating sustainable products and setting sustainable development goals

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Mind-Opening & Knowledge Management Setting 

25% Program 

Core Management Competences 

  • Marketing: Traditional & Digital   ​ 
  • Project & Operations Management ​ 
  • Managerial Economics​ 
  • Accounting and Budgeting ​ 
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning ​ 
  • Business Strategy​ 
  • Human Resources Management  


Focusing and specializing 

60% Program 

  • Integrated Sustainability Management
  • Circular BioBioeconomy
  • Physical Dimensions of Sustainability Management and Environmental Law
  • Climate Change and Energy Transition Scenarios


Being an innovative and responsible leader 

15% Program

Integration of Renewable Energy (RE): Technologies and Business Models

  • The Economics of Biomass Energy
  • Roadmap for a jointly funded AU-EU Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE)
  • Climate Change, Innovation and Energy Transition

Exploring the Future of the BioBioeconomy

  • Towards Sustainable Bio-Based Bioeconomy (case studies and best practices)
  • Innovation and Sustainability in Energy Transition
  • Sustainability and Energy Transition in Africa and Developing Countries

 Smart Mobility – Guest Lectures by Daniele Maver.

The Online Learning Methodology

Adhering to the highest standards of teaching methodology provided by EFMD, the Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy is taught through interactive lectures, case study analyses, exercises, discussions, teamwork exercises, video conferences, business analysis and sessions of student presentations. Students are encouraged to read and engage in discussions and debates.

The teaching methodology is based on learning by doing, with lecturers implementing a student-centered approach, getting students involved and providing activities that allow students to apply the knowledge acquired. The Online Methodology consists of live, interactive lectures, led and facilitated by professors. The programs are self-paced, as students take pre-master courses at their own speed and using self-assessment exercises. This practical, applicable methodology consists of synchronous and asynchronous activities.

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Students are free to learn at their own pace and define personal learning paths based on their individual needs and interests, as well as the content provided, taking into account the deadlines for learning, evaluation and assessments. The self-paced methodology is applied on the pre-master courses, which are based on pre-recorded interactive sessions led by the lecturer professor, with a PPT presentation, exercises and self-assessment for each course. Students study the material at their own pace and do a self-assessment exercise to track their progress.


The online learning methodology is fully professor-led and facilitated live in real time. Every lecture is created and delivered by a lecturer using our online platform Blackboard. The communication tools used by the lecturers include discussion forums, chats, emails, breakout sessions, whiteboards, and audio and video sharing to communicate and work together. As a final step, sessions usually include an exercise or assessment to measure the learning.


The online methodology in every class is live and interactive. Teaching methods and techniques are used creatively to develop an engaging and motivating learning experience. There is frequent interaction with the student interaction to foster and maintain engagement and promote learning.


The online learning methodology is practical, with all the class activities and online learning methods, e-content and materials used also being put into practice in the different assessments (self-assessments, tests and practical assignments), capstone project and class activities.


The online methodology is structured as a combination of synchronous or real-time activities (such as online platform chats, breakout rooms/sessions, virtual pooling, virtual whiteboard, etc.) and asynchronous or on-demand activities, which students can do whenever suits them best in terms of their preferences and other commitments (such as emails, discussion forum platforms, online platform meetings, recorded lectures via links, virtual coffee and conversation sessions, etc.).

Leadership Program 

Soft skills are personal attributes that can affect relationships, communication, and interaction with others, which are crucial for business success and effective leadership in the high-tech world and digital transformation in which we live. None of the new technology and innovation can be applied without proper leadership. The Leadership Program is a path towards self-discovery, empowerment and reinvention, enabling participants to become leaders of the future. The program is practice-based, consisting of 5 interactive courses, including a self-assessment test, role plays and quizzes. 

  • Communication & Persuasion in the Digital Age.
  • High-Performance Collaboration 
  • Agile Leadership. 
  • Scenario & Forecasting 
  • Emotional Intelligence.

Business Practice 

Practice Lab | In partnership with 

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Rome Business School Practice Lab is the place where theoretical concepts are put in practice and participants learn through experience. The Lab is run by managers from leading national or international companies in the sector/industry, who will examine different specialist knowledge, work on exercises and network, while sharing their experience and expertise with the students. The Lab is entirely run by the School’s Partner Companies and the activities included are specific for each Master program and goal.  

The Practice Lab consists of 3 main phases:

Phase 1 | Manager Meet-Ups

Students meet two managers from the Partner Company, from different areas or divisions, such as finance and marketing, who share their experience of their day-to-day work and business, with a specific and relevant focus for the Master.

Phase 2 | Hands-on Class

Students gain first-hand insight from the direct experience of company managers, enhancing the knowledge and skillset acquired on the Master. They will analyze, assess, create and develop, a certain plan or strategy given by the company in relation to what they have studied in class and the company’s business operations.

Phase 3 | Get on Task

The company managers present two in-class business scenarios (business cases), so that, by implementing the concepts learned, the students find solutions and create strategies. At the end of the class, they orally present the final results and ideas.

Practice and learning on main Software and Tools 

During classes students will have an hands on and deep understanding on the following: 

  • Languages: R, Python with packages and libraries for Data Science (i.e. Tensorflow, Pytorch, SciKit-Learn)​ 
  • Environments: Anaconda, Jupiter ​ 
  • Database: SQL and NoSQL (MongoDB)​ 
  • Tools: Apache Hadoop, Hive, Impala and Spark​ 
  • Analytics: Tableau Desktop; Microsoft Power BI Desktop and Power BI Report Builder​ 
  • Cloud platforms: Amazon AWS; Google Cloud Platform; Microsoft Azure 

Capstone Project

At the end of your educational experience, you will have the chance to prove your abilities by tackling a real business challenge. Use your talent to identify opportunities and create a truly innovative strategy.

Work on one of two real Business Challenges of a specific company. Choose between a Business Plan, or a Big Data plan. 

The Structure

To create your final project, follow the Ready, Set, Go Structure

    • Ready

Stage 1: Team Creation

Stage 2: Capstone Project – Kick Off

    • Set

Stage 3: Project Proposal, followed by two Mentoring Sessions

    • Go

Stage 4: Knowledge in Action

Stage 5: Capstone Project Presentation

Rome Business School International Bootcamps experiences

During the full week you will experience an intensive and fully immersive business experience, facing challenges, dealing with managers, students and lecturers, and creating your own project that will be presented at the end of the Bootcamp Experience

  1. Silicon Valley – “Silicon Valley Bootcamp” to open your mind 360°
  2. Paris – ESLSCA | “Bootcamp: When Art meets Fashion and Luxury”
  3. Barcelona – EAE Business School | “Bootcamp on Entrepreneurship & Design Sprint”
  4. Rome – Rome Business School | “Bootcamp on International Business Leadership”
  5. Tuscany – Castle Volognano | “Bootcamp on Tourism, Food, Wine & Experiential Luxury”

Your Mentors 

An International Leading Team | CAB 

The Corporate Advisory Board embodies the spirit of collaboration between the academic world and the real management sphere by becoming one of the key players in the Quality Assurance Process, the process of continuous improvement of the Rome Business School’s range of Management Training programs. 

Composed of 87 Leaders, Managers and Professionals from key areas of National and International Businesses, through the Corporate Advisory Board, Rome Business School activates a process of continuously updating its training programs, relying on numerous business interactions and inputs provided by the members of the committee in the annual meetings and discussions with the school. 




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Rome Business School’s Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy are held by highly selected international university professors, trainers, and business managers, drawn from a variety of operational and professional fields. The teaching approach is aimed at the acquisition of know-how, in order to transfer truly useful competencies for the attendees’ professional development.



Eros Manzo has a Master in Social Sciences and is a Project Manager on EU-funded Contracts within the Technical Assistance unit. He has over 10 years’ experience in planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of international development projects, with extensive knowledge of EU Instrument Pre-Acquis (IPA); European Development Fund (EDF); European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instruments (ENPI); Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and EU Procurement procedures (PRAG), as well as other donors such as the World Bank and UN agencies. He is often involved in creating partnerships at an international level and maintaining formal and operative agreements. He has extensive program/ project cycle management experience on government-funded and private projects dealing with analysis on relevant donor requirements (e.g., EC Financial Regulation, application and implementation procedures, procurement guidelines).



International Expert on Investment and Technology at UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). He has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Master in International Relations, both from Luiss Business School.


Born in 1982, Raffaele M. Maiorano is an entrepreneur in agriculture and runs two farms in southern and central Italy, producing Pecorino Crotonese DOP cheese, organic olive oil, cereals, oranges and fresh vegetables. He was president of the Italian Young Farmers for six years and now oversees the SDGs and sustainability programs at Confagricoltura, the oldest farmers organization in Italy and Europe. He is the chairman of GFAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation at FAO. He is a lecturer on agribusiness management at Camerino University. He designed and runs our Master in Agribusiness Management, as well as collaborating with Gambero Rosso and working as a consultant for startups and agribusiness companies.


She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business from Cagliari University and a Master in Strategy and Business Management from ISTAO in Ancona. After extensive experience in a multinational technology and consulting companies (IBM/Accenture), she currently works as the General Secretary/Director of the Istituto Nazionale di Sociologia Rurale (INSOR) and is a Partner at a strategic consulting company (4changing).



Entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience in the ICT industry, with a special focus on data, AI, industrial research and project management. Fabio is currently an Open Group Invited Expert at the Data Scientist Profession Working Group, focusing on defining the Data Science Body of Knowledge, as well as a Board Member for the Data Scientist submissions and a Master Certified Data Scientist. Fabio is also the CEO and owner of Academia Domani, a MOOC scale-up, and an international startup advisor and investor, and co-founder of Scale Foundry, an Amsterdam based startup accelerator. Fabio is also an agile practitioner and an Expert Scrum Master.


Technologist at the Italian National Research Council, CNR, responsible for the Cultural Landscape project within the CNR Department of Cultural Heritage. He was also responsible for the national CNR project for EXPO – Milan 2015, within the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences. He is a Consultant on Marketing and Digital Communication, a Project Manager and a Digital Strategist. He has worked for, Gecko Way SRL, Bee lnclusion. com, Pop Up live Sessions, MM Line Production records, and Vikschool.

Career and Entrepreneurship Services

Throughout your Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy, you will be accompanied and supported by our Career Services team. With over 10 years experience in education, we help young talents and managers to build their future, guiding them along the path that best suits their capabilities, desires and professional goals. 

In particular, according to the most recent statistics: 

  • 92% have received new employment offers 
  • 74% of our students manage to increase their salary after completing their Master 
  • 46% of our students are employed before completing their Master program 
  • 73% of our students get a job within 6 months of finishing their Master program 
  • 84% of our students increase their professional responsibilities after doing the Master 

To give our students the best support achieving their professional objectives, we’ve structured our Career Service into two core areas: 

  • Career Acceleration ProgramThe Career Acceleration Program will help you develop the knowledge, market insights, and tools that you need to pursue a successful career in a specific industry. You will benefit from valuable connections with top companies and recruiters.  
  • RBS4EntrepreneurshipWe focus on your entrepreneurial side. 
    Are you planning to start up your own business or dreaming about becoming the fresh and innovative driving force within an organization? We will equip you with skills and knowledge to discover, test and improve your entrepreneurial skills, develop a business idea and finally launch your own business.

The Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy is particularly suitable for those who want to pursue a career in the following roles: 

  • Sustainability, energy and innovation within leading companies in both the public and private sectors.
  • Energy Manager
  • Project Managers in Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Climate Change projects
  • Consulting firms; International organizations and NGOs.
  • Policy Analysts
  • Consultant for Environmental Issues
  • Adviser on sustainable business and policy, sustainable new product development and investment/funding within existing companies.
  • Director of NGO
  • Circular Economy Manager
  • Green Business Entrepreneur/Innovator


Networking and partners

Rome Business School has established solid partnerships with several world-renowned leading companies, such as Enel, Fendi, Bulgari, Eataly, IBM Italia, Land Rover, and many others. To ensure that our students can build a strong professional network, we constantly organize guest meetings, visits, events, and lectures with representatives of elite business ecosystems, encouraging interaction between leading professionals and students, and facilitating the process learning.

Multicultural classes

Thanks to the school’s purely international mold, students will have the opportunity to take part in classes with students from more than 150 countries. This will allow participants to increase their knowledge of other cultures other than their own.

Student Hub

Every year we welcome students from all over the world: from cities and small towns, of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Rome Business School enhances the experience of students, supporting them in obtaining visas and identifying accommodation, creating opportunities for learning, involvement, personal and cultural development that go well beyond the lessons.


Our students will be able to participate in various activities: visits out of town, Coffee Meetings with the CEOs of prestigious multinational companies, company visits or simple events designed to promote socialization and intercultural exchange which has always been the central point of our school.

Admission process

Rome Business School works hard to maintain the highest standard of quality in the programs we offer. That’s why, in order to ensure the eligibility of the candidates, all applicants must undergo and successfully pass a selection process structured as follows:

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The admission process is aimed to verify the candidate’s eligibility to attend the Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy. The candidate’s academic history, previous experiences in the topics covered in the Master and motivation will be matters of the evaluation. Once it’s sent, the application will be evaluated by the Rome Business School’s academic committee. In order to ensure the application’s suitability, it is important to deliver all of the required documentation.

Master Online in Sustainability and Circular Bio Economy:
Financial Aid and Scholarships


Payment of the participation fee of  € 6,400 can be made in the following ways:

  • In 6 interest-free installments
  • Single solution (this option guarantees a 10% discount on the total amount)


Based on their personal profile, experience and proven motivation, the candidate may be awarded a scholarship to partially cover the participation fee. In fact, Rome Business School offers the most deserving candidates the opportunity to benefit from 7 different types of scholarships. These partial economic hedges can consist of 6 months of interest-free financing. 

  1. Early Enrollment Incentive 
  2. Lifelong Learning Scholarship 
  3. Academic Excellence Scholarship 
  4. Executive Women Scholarship 
  5. Entrepreneurial Grant 
  6. Better Managers for a Better World Scholarship 
  7. Student Loan Assistance Grant 

Competition for scholarships increases as the starting date approaches and funds are limited, so it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.


What can I do with a Sustainability Master's Degree?
What a wonderful time in history to consider conservation and sustainability. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not only are careers in this field expanding left and right, but the world’s future is dependent on these professionals.

Why is best to study a sustainability degree in Italy with Rome Business School?
The health and economic crisis will deeply affect the fabric of a city like Rome. However, the direction taken is clear, and it is that of sustainability. This is why studying in Rome could really open many doors in the green sector

What's the difference between bioeconomy and circular economy?
According to the EU, the bioeconomy encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. Although the circular economy is presented as the economic space “where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimized“. Obviously, there are differences and overlaps, which sometimes get confused.

What includes the sustainability master's program?
Many lessons will help you develop the necessary skills to work in the International Law and Compliance sector. You will also have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test in a capstone project and expand your CV as a result of your bootcamp experience.


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