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Industrial Ecology (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Industrial Ecology at Leiden University and Delft University of Technology, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

If you have a bachelor’s degree in any of the Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, or Social Sciences from any research university in the Netherlands, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable experience with multi- or interdisciplinary education and research on an academic or professional level. Relevant to this criterion is experience in an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary bachelor’s programme (or equivalent), an interdisciplinary research project or minor, or work experience in an area relevant to environmental sustainability challenges together with professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience; and
  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability challenges on an academic or professional level, with a focus on climate change and mitigation, design and assessment of sustainable systems, society’s metabolism, circular economy, or sustainable innovation and transitions. This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience; and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 ECTS of mathematics or programming or statistics, or a combination of these three topics.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

For more information, please contact the Industrial Ecology study advisor.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo) in any of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Sciences, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable experience with multi- or interdisciplinary education and research on an academic or professional level. Relevant to this criterion is experience in an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary bachelor’s programme (or equivalent), an interdisciplinary research project or minor, or work experience in an area relevant to environmental sustainability challenges together with professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience; and
  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability challenges on an academic or professional level, with a focus on climate change and mitigation, design and assessment of sustainable systems, society’s metabolism, circular economy, or sustainable innovation and transitions. This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience; and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 ECTS of mathematics or programming or statistics, or a combination of these three topics; and
  • an average grade of at least a 7,5.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of the requirements set out for students with a Dutch or foreign research university bachelor’s degree.

For more information, please contact the Industrial Ecology study advisor.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in any of the Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, or Social Sciences from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable experience with multi- or interdisciplinary education and research on an academic or professional level. Relevant to this criterion is experience in an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary bachelor’s programme (or equivalent), an interdisciplinary research project or minor, or work experience in an area relevant to environmental sustainability challenges together with professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience; and
  • demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability challenges on an academic or professional level, with a focus on climate change and mitigation, design and assessment of sustainable systems, society’s metabolism, circular economy, or sustainable innovation and transitions. This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience; and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 ECTS of mathematics or programming or statistics, or a combination of these three topics.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

For more information, please contact the Industrial Ecology study advisor.

Please note that you will have to comply with the following requirements to be considered for the programme:

  • You need to have demonstrable experience with multi- or interdisciplinary education and research on an academic or professional level. Relevant to this criterion is experience in an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary bachelor’s programme (or equivalent), an interdisciplinary research project or minor, or work experience in an area relevant to environmental sustainability challenges together with professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds. This experience can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience;  Please describe your experience in a motivation letter to the admission committee.
  • You need to have a demonstrable knowledge of environmental sustainability challenges on an academic or professional level, with a focus on climate change and mitigation, design and assessment of sustainable systems, society’s metabolism, circular economy, or sustainable innovation and transitions. This knowledge can be demonstrated through, for instance, successfully completed (elective) academic courses, a minor, major, a (thesis) research project, internship or work experience. Please describe this in a motivation letter by giving at least one relevant example of the relation between your bachelor’s education or previous experience and the field of Industrial Ecology.
  • You need to have passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 8 ECTS of mathematics or programming or statistics, or a combination of these three topics.

Language requirements

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English, evidenced by appropriate language test:

  • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90 (minimum 20 component score)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum overall score 180, with a minimum component score of 169 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have a diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa;
Or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or if you have completed an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University;
Or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English.

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