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Thesis Research Project Industrial Ecology


Admission requirements

This course is obligatory for students of the MSc Industrial Ecology (joint degree Leiden University and TU Delft).

The Thesis Research Project can be started if:

  • At least 48 ECTS of the core modules are successfully completed;

  • The module 4413INTPGY Interdisciplinary Project Groups is successfully completed;

  • The module 4413GRPMDY Thesis Preparation Module is completed and the TPM grade form, research proposal and plagiarism report have been uploaded to the TPM Brightspace page;

  • The Individual Study Programme (ISP) is approved by the BoE.

As preparation to the research topic, the involved examiner can ask the student to successfully finish specific Specialisation Modules, this has to be discussed with the student before the Thesis Research Project starts.


The aim of IE is to educate student to become critical researchers or practitioners who are able to meaningfully contribute to developing solutions for persistent sustainability problems, such as related to environmental pollution, resource depletion, and climate change. Industrial Ecology is a scientific field that takes a systemic approach to sustainability problems, integrating a technical, environmental and social perspective. Industrial Ecology studies society’s metabolism, i.e. the material and energy basis of society, from a socio-technical systems perspective in order to identify, design and critically evaluate solutions for sustainability problems and their implementation.

The following criteria would be considered to indicate a ‘typical’ IE thesis:

  • The work focuses on a sustainability problem and/or solution

  • The work shows a critical attitude towards sustainability, and shows awareness of the technical, environmental and social perspective on sustainability

  • The work exhibits a systems perspective

  • The work is interdisciplinary; it synthesizes methods, theories or concepts relevant to the field of IE

  • IE methods and techniques for problem analysis and/or design are used systematically.


Because this course is part of a joint degree between Leiden University and TU Delft, students (also guest and exchange) have to be enrolled in both universities.

All students have to enrol for the course via Brightspace, TU Delft (before the start of the course) and for the exam via uSis, Leiden University. (see:

This course is only open for students of the MSc Industrial Ecology.


More information and the description of the course is published in the e-studyguide of TU Delft.