Frequently Asked Questions
I come from [country], can I apply for the MSc in Industrial Ecology?
Yes. The programme accepts international students as well as Norwegian students. In addition to fulltime Master's students, we also have exchange students coming for 1 - 2 semesters. Technology students (siv.ing.) from NTNU can also specialize (ta hovedprofil) in Industrial Ecology.
I have a Social Science background, can I study Industrial Ecology?
Yes. The admission requirement is a Bachelor degree in among other things Economics, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Development Studies, Business and Administration, or similar. Industrial Ecology is relevant for many different parts of society, and so a wide variety of backgrounds qualify for studying.
I am a Social Scientist. How much Mathematics do I need to know?
Mathematics is not a formal requirement for being accepted into the programme. However, if you want to specialize in Environmental Systems Analysis and you have no university level Mathematics course already, we strongly recommend you take one before you start. An introductory course will usually be sufficient. What you need to know is first order differential equations and some linear algebra/matrix calculations. A course in Statistics is useful too, although also not a formal requirement.
I have a Social Science background, do I need 60 credits of Political Science courses to be admitted into the master's programme?
No, to be admitted into the programme you need a bachelor degree in Economics, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Development Studies, Business and Administration, or similar, as stated in the admission requirements. After being admitted, you will choose an academic advisor for your project and master's thesis work. You can choose from several departments, one of them being the Department of Sociology and Political Science. To have an academic advisor from this department, you need 60 credits of Political Science courses in your educational background, but only then. The other departments have different requirements.
Can I study this course online?
Unfortunately we do not offer any online courses at the moment.
Can I study individual courses, or do I have to be accepted to the full MSc programme?
You can take most courses as individual courses, without being accepted as a MSc programme student. However, if you want the MSc degree, you will need to be admitted as a full MSc student or be in a programme such as Erasmus Mundus or TIME double degree. Exchange students can follow individual courses as accepted by their home university.
How many spaces are there? What is the chance of being accepted?
The number of spaces in the MSc programme is decided by the NTNU Board each year. For 2010 we have been allotted 20 spaces, where 10 go to international students and 10 to Norwegian/Nordic students. There are roughly 3 applicants per space.
What are the criteria for being selected as a MSc programme student? How can I make my application as good as possible?
First and foremost, the selection among candidates that qualify according to the admission requirements is based on grades. However, your motivation for, and knowledge of, industrial ecology, will influence the selection process. By writing a good Letter of motivation, where you explain why Industrial Ecology is the right programme for you, you can increase your chances of being selected. Also, we recommend including a CV/resume and references from Professors or employers. The formal admittance process is performed by the Office of International Relations at NTNU for students with international degrees, and the Admittance office (Opptakskontoret) for student with Norwegian/Nordic degrees. Read more about how to apply.
Student life in Trondheim
IndEcol history at a glance
- 1994: Industrial ecology initiative at NTNU after request from industry (Norsk Hydro).
- 1996-1999: 3 pilot courses taught, developing the field.
- 1998: IndEcol formally established.
- 1998: IndEcol Student Forum created.
- 1999: First class of students enrolled in the Study Programme (12 courses, students could continue with project and thesis afterwards).
- 2003: World’s first PhD programme in industrial ecology established.
- 2005: First class of students enrolled in the MSc in Industrial Ecology programme.
- 2009: Student organization Symbiosis started.
Questions about your international master's application?
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