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Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is an emergent scientific discipline that promotes a systemic approach to human problems, integrating technical, environmental and social aspects. It is argued that this approach will show the way to sustainable development. For that reason Industrial Ecology is considered to be the ‘toolbox for sustainable development’ or the ‘science of sustainability’.

1st year

The first year is composed of 9 compulsory courses with a total of 54 EC.
The second year is composed of 3 compulsory courses with a total of 48 EC.
Students have to fill in 18 EC with Specialisation Modules.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
General Introduction to Industrial Ecology 6
Renewable Energy Systems 6
Fundamentals of Systems, Data, Models and Computational Thinking 6
Analytical Methodologies and Tools 6
Social Systems – Policy and Management 6
Urban Environments and Infrastructures 6
Sustainable Innovation and Social Change 6
System Earth 6
Design of Sustainable Technological Systems 6

2nd year

The first year is composed of 9 compulsory courses with a total of 54 EC.
The second year is composed of 3 compulsory courses with a total of 48 EC.
Students have to fill in 18 EC with Specialisation Modules.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Interdisciplinary Project Groups 12
Thesis Preparation Module 6
Thesis Research Project 30

Specialisation Modules

The first year is composed of 9 compulsory courses with a total of 54 EC.
The second year is composed of 3 compulsory courses with a total of 48 EC.
Students have to fill in 18 EC with Specialisation Modules.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Advanced Course on LCA 6
Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module (2 EC) 2
Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module (3 EC) 3
Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module (4 EC) 4

More info

The Industrial Ecology track is a co-operation between three faculties of two Dutch universities:

  1. the Faculty of Science (Leiden University)
  2. the Faculty of Applied Sciences (Delft University of Technology)
  3. the Faculty of Technology, Polocy and Management (Delft University of Technology)

Both universities deliver an equivalent contribution to the overall teaching programme.