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Industrial Ecology (MSc)

The Master of Science in Industrial Ecology (IE) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge of achieving global prosperity within planetary boundaries.

Margot Moeslinger


Margot Moeslinger

I have always been very torn between social sciences and learning more about natural sciences and technical sciences. I find it great that this programme connects the different fields. Climate change is a very complex field. You can’t solve climate change issues with only one discipline. (…) Climate change seemed such an enormous problem. But in the course of the programme I learned that each individual has a lot more capacity to act upon. A lot more potential is available, in terms of the technology we can use, the businesses we can create and the people we can engage with in projects. This is a liberating feeling. Instead of worrying, I learn what I can do and what I can change.

Arjang Tajbakhsh


Arjang Tajbakhsh

"I chose this IE program in order to expand my viewpoint on sustainability issues beyond what engineering had taught me. The wide variety of perspectives and interests that the program brings together through a diverse set of both students and staff have been invaluable in allowing me to achieve this goal. In addition, the program offers easy access to electives at both TUDelft and Leiden University that have undoubtedly enriched my knowledge base and skill set, giving me a strong foundation for my master’s thesis and future endeavours."

Stefano Cucurachi

Programme director of Industrial Ecology

Stefano Cucurachi

Rapid changes and complex challenges call for a new generation of professionals that have the skills to study the global intricate connections between socio-technical systems and the environment. Through its unique mix of students from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds and its interdisciplinary staff, our programme offers the ideal environment to tackle complex problems. This makes my role as programme director also an exciting learning experience.

What does this master’s programme entail?

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.

Read more about our Industrial Ecology programme.

Why study Industrial Ecology at Leiden University?

  • You will learn concepts, methods and tools to help you identify, design and critically evaluate sustainability solutions and their implementation.
  • We offer an international multidisciplinary environment, where all students bring their own specific bachelor knowledge and cultural background.  We believe that this multidisciplinary approach is the best way to move forward.
  • Collaboration with third parties, such as national or international partner universities, NGOs, industrial partners, or government institutes 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.

Find more reasons to study Industrial Ecology at Leiden University.

Industrial Ecology: the right master’s programme for you?

The programme is open to students from a wide range of studies in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. If you are an idealistic, ambitious and critical thinking student who want to contribute to the development of solutions for persistent sustainability problems, this master programme is the right choice.

Read more about the entry requirements for Industrial Ecology.

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