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Design of Sustainable Technological Systems


Admission requirements

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


In this course an introduction will be given on principles and methodologies of sustainable design with specific attention to Industrial Symbiosis. The students are trained in setting up and solving material and energy balances and developing indicator frameworks. The insights from balance calculations and indicator applications are used for re-designing industrial clusters with the aim to turn those into eco-industrial networks. Analysis and design for eco-industrial parks and industrial symbiosis are the major topics in bringing all various aspects and issues together, students will work on existing cases and have to come with applicable adaptations to those case studies.


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:

Students who are not enrolled for the MSc Industrial Ecology, have to ask for permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology to join this course, at least one month before the start of the course.

Exchange students can only enroll for this course if their home university has an Exchange agreement with both Leiden University and TU Delft. Exchange students have to ask permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology as soon as possible, preferably six months before the start of the course.


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