Show as: Mobile

Master of Science in Industrial Ecology

Delft University of Technology

Program description

Master of Science in Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is an emergent scientific discipline  that promotes a systemic approach to human problems, integrating technical, environmental and social aspects. It is argued that this approach will show the way to sustainable development. For that reason Industrial Ecology is considered to be the "toolbox for sustainable development" or the "science of sustainability".

The question is not whether we need to solve today’s urgent sustainability issues, but how we should go about it. Industrial Ecology operates at the crossroads of the natural, social and engineering sciences. It is a fascinating and necessary field of research for engineers, natural scientists, and social scientists
who recognise the importance of sustainable and profitable solutions for the environmental problems that exist in our industrialised society.

Considering Planet Earth as one system, evolution has resulted in efficient use of materials and energy in systems to build and break down functional materials in a steady state. In today’s society, resources are exploited, producing unusable waste streams to soil, water, and air. An analysis of today’s sustainability problems, using nature as a model, leads to the design, implementation and management of more sustainable technological and consumption processes in society.

The interdisciplinary field of Industrial Ecology, driven by processes of social political change, is in search of balanced consumption patterns of goods and services with greater efficiency and with less unusable side products. Industrial Ecologists feel a responsibility to create liveable solutions to achieve a balance between people, planet and profit.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in any of the natural sciences, engineering sciences or social sciences is required for admission. Applicants must have relevant knowledge of at least one of these basic scientific components and an affinity with the two other scientific fields. They should have obtained adequate knowledge of chemistry, biology and the social sciences during previous studies. The applicant’s statement of purpose should show a strong and clear motivation to participate in the Industrial Ecology

  •                  A good university BSc degree
  •                  A BSc Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 75% of the scale maximum
  •                  Proof of English language proficiency

Please check for more detailed information and country specific requirements

Registration and Application

Prospective students have to apply through Leiden University. Application forms are available on-line or will be posted to you on request. Specific application procedures for applicants holding a non-Dutch degree can be found on the website

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

The TOEFL® test is accepted by 10,000+ universities and higher education institutes in over 150 countries. Book your test today!

Learn more Advertisement

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for 2012-2013 academic year

For students with EU/EFTA nationality or Surinamese nationality 
around € 1,771 per year (all programme)

For students with non EU/EFTA nationality

  •         all Bachelor's programmes € 8,096,- per year
  •         all Master's programmes € 12,650,- per year 

The various TU Delft joint programmes have their own individual tuition fees and Tuition fees for TU Delft’s programmes are reviewed annually.

You will need approximately € 1.500,- to cover initial settling-in expenses. The cost of living and study, including food, accommodation, transport, books, and obligatory health insurance is estimated to be between € 850 and € 1.100,- per month.


At present, the Industrial Ecology programme is a track of the MSc programme in Chemistry (Leiden University) and graduates are awarded an MSc degree in Chemistry with an annotation in Industrial Ecology. The programme is in the process of being accredited. Once the official accreditation for an independent Industrial Ecology MSc programme is granted, graduates will be awarded an MSc degree in Industrial Ecology.

Career opportunities

Industrial Ecology graduates can be found at different levels in business, industry, politics, non-governmental organisations, universities and research institutes. They operate as mediators, system designers, innovators and scientific researchers. Their basic skills are to encourage people to consider sustainability issues and to initiate change in existing patterns of production and consumption.


Delft university of Technology has a number of technological ‘dream teams’ competing in events around the world. Study at the forefront of innovation and technology and join the dream team with TU Delft.

About this institute

Welcome to Delft University of Technology!

Delft University of Technology combines the strenghts of a modern university with a rich tradition. The University's eight faculties are at the forefront of technological development, and their work is contributing to scientific advancement in the interests of society. Delft...

Read more about this school

Be the first to write a review!