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Industrial Ecology (MSc)

About the programme

The two-year programme consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System points (EC) and includes Core Modules (54 EC), an Interdisciplinary Project Group (12 EC), Specialisation Modules (18 EC) and the Thesis Research Project (36 EC).

Programme overview

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

  1. 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.
  2. Engineering Sciences of Industrial Ecology – Design of technological systems, with a view on sustainable development, using tools from the realm of Design for Sustainability, Ecodesign, and Complex Adaptive Systems.
  3. Social Sciences of Industrial Ecology – Analysis and design of social, economic and policy processes related to sustainability solutions, using methods from the field of governance of sustainability, sustainable supply chain management and transistion studies.

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Educational methods

  • Colloquium
  • Individual paper
  • Literature study
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Individual and group assignments
  • Practical hands-on work
  • Working groups

Study guidance

You will be guided through your study programme by the study-advisor. There will be regular contact about your individual study-plans. The study advisor will also monitor study progress and contact students when progress is found to be insufficient. Furthermore all the teachers within the programme are researchers and are always open for discussing possible thesis research topics.