Industrial Ecology

2 Jahre

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake);

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About Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is an emerging scientific discipline that takes a systemic approach to sustainability problems. An interdisciplinary approach, integrating an engineering, environmental and social science perspective is essential for sustainable development. The Master in Industrial Ecology is a co - operation between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. Both universities are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.

Why study Industrial Ecology at Leiden University?

  •  You will learn concepts such as industrial metabolism, industrial symbiosis, industrial evolution and life cycle thinking. 
  • We offer an international multidisciplinary environment. We believe that this approach is the best way to move forward. 
  • Collaboration with third parties is encouraged and facilitated.
  • You will be inspired by professors from two world - class universities, who are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.

Curriculum and Overview

The master's programme Industrial Ecology consists of three parts, providing basic concepts and theories:

  •  Natural Sciences of Industrial Ecology: Environmental science, Industrial Ecology analysis of technosphere systems and their relation with biosphere systems, in view of ecological sustainability, using tools such as Life Cycle Assessment, Material Flow Analysis, and ecological models. 
  • Technical Sciences of Industrial Ecology: Design of technological systems, with a view on sustainable development, using to ols from the realm of Design for Sustainability, Ecodesign, and Complex Adaptive Systems. 
  • Social Sciences of Industrial Ecology: Implementation of sociotechnological systems, among others eco - industrial parks, and implementation of sustainably sound industrial practice.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e - Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

Industrial ecology is a new scientific field that provides graduates with promising opportunities in different fields:

  • Intermediate functions in large companies considering sustainability issues
  • System design functions in companies and governments
  • Initiators of innovation in industry and government and non - government organisations
  • Scientific research in the field of industrial ecology, green engineering, environmental sciences, or innovation and transition management.

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? FInd out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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