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Industrial Ecology

The MSc Industrial Ecology (joint degree Leiden University and TU Delft) is an interdisciplinary and international programme, which focuses on the analysis of sustainability problems and the design and implementation of solutions for these problems; all from a socio-technical system perspective. The aim of the programme is to educate students to become researchers or practitioners who can contribute to the development of solutions for persistent sustainability problems, such as related to resource depletion and climate change. The programme has been designed to transfer knowledge from natural sciene, engineering and social science, and enable students to integrate that knowledge to analyse sustainability problems and design science based solutions.

Overview of the curriculum (120 EC, two years of 60 EC):

First year: Core Modules (54 EC) + Specialisation Modules (6 EC)

Second year: Specialisation Modules (12 EC) + Interdisciplinary Project Groups (12 EC) + Thesis Preparation Module (6EC) + Thesis Research Project (30 EC)

Please note that the study guide of TU Delft is being used for the MSc Industrial Ecology and contains the most recent updates.

1st year

The first year is composed of 9 Core Modules of 6 EC each. The Core Modules form the central part of the programme and are compulsory for every student. In addition, during their first year, students are free to choose Specialisation Modules with a total of 6 EC. For more information see “Specialisation Modules”.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
General Introduction to Industrial Ecology 6
Analytical Methodologies and Tools 6
Closed loop supply chains 6
Fundamentals of Modelling and Data Analysis 6
Renewable Energy Systems 6
Design of Sustainable Technological Systems 6
Sustainable Innovation and Social Change 6
System Earth 6
Urban Environments and Infrastructures 6

2nd year

The second year is composed of 3 compulsory courses with a total of 48 EC. Students have to fill in 12 EC with Specialisation Modules.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Interdisciplinary Project Groups 12
Thesis Preparation Module 6
Thesis Research Project Industrial Ecology 30

Specialisation Modules

During the study Industrial Ecology, students have to choose at least 18 EC of Specialisation Modules. 6 EC can be done during the first year, and 12 EC during the second year. For more information and the rules and regulations concerning the Specialisation Modules, see the Implementation Regulations for Industrial Ecology Brightspace TU Delft.

The courses below are offered by the MSc Industrial Ecology, but students can also choose courses from a list with Specialisation Modules from other Leiden University and TU Delft MSc programmes.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Environmental Input-Output Analysis 6
GIS: Spatial analysis in urban regions 4
LCA Practice & Reporting 9
Material Flow Analysis 6
Industrial Ecology Capita Selecta Module 2/6
Circular Economy 6

Meer info

The Master’s Programme Industrial Ecology is a co-operation between Leiden University (Faculty of Science) and Delft University of Technology (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management). Leiden University is resposible for the administration of this programme. Students have to apply via Leiden University

For the admission requirements, please go to the following website.

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