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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 affinity with multi- or interdisciplinary education and/or research, and
  • demonstrable interest in the field of sustainability, and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 6 EC of mathematics and/or statistics.

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 affinity with multi- or interdisciplinary education and/or research, and
  • demonstrable interest in the field of sustainability, and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 6 EC of mathematics and/or statistics 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 affinity with multi- or interdisciplinary education and/or research, and
  • demonstrable interest in the field of sustainability, and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 6 EC of mathematics and/or statistics.

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 a demonstrable affinity with multi- or interdisciplinary education and research. This should be shown in a motivation letter to the admission committee by elaborating on relevant course modules, summer courses, internships, or other relevant experiences that are within the exit qualifications of the bachelor’s degree, or at least at sufficient academic level.
  • You need to have a demonstrable interest in the field of sustainability. This should be shown in the 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 6 ECTS of mathematics and/or statistics.

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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