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Industrial Ecology (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

We offer a unique joint-degree master’s programme where you can learn about the ‘science of sustainability’: Industrial Ecology.

Education at two world-class universities

The Master’s 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. Since the 1980s, long before 2004 when the programme of IE started, the research groups on sustainability issues with a problem owner from industry, government or research institute have gained international respect. Both universities contribute to the overall teaching programme. Part of the programme will be followed in Delft and part in Leiden. At the end of the programme you will have earned a joint degree in Industrial Ecology from Leiden University and Delft University of Technology.

The concept of Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is the interdisciplinary field of science that studies the material basis of society from a systems perspective in order to identify, design and critically evaluate solutions for sustainability problems and their implementation pathways. Industrial Ecology thus aims at a sustainable co-existence of the technosphere and the environment. The analogy between natural and technical systems and processes is a core concept. Processes in nature, where cycles are closed and waste from one process is input for another, are models for socio-technological processes.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is a first-class research faculty with an excellent position in the basic disciplines of science. The current research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Our science community is driven by their curiosity and desire to increase basic knowledge, for science and to contribute to the great societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Core values are scientific impact, technological innovation and relevance to society. 

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.

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