Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology (Master's Programme)

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MSINDECOL, Fri Jul 19 01:01:56 MEST 2024 | M2

What is Industrial Ecology?

Industrial Ecology is the study of flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities and the effects these flows have on the environment. It considers influences of economic, political, regulatory, and social factors on our global use and transformation of resources.

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Industrial ecology consists of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and circular economy. You will learn data science and systems thinking to analyze and discuss core aspects of sustainability such as climate mitigation, energy and resource use, circular economy, and biodiversity.

You will learn the analytical tools relevant for today’s society, and how to apply these to improve sustainability as it relates to climate, energy, waste, biodiversity, resources, circular economy, and sustainable production and consumption. These are the skills that qualify you for a researcher or consultant career. 

You will gain knowledge about environmental pressures and how to critically evaluate solutions.

The international master's degree in industrial ecology at NTNU offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development, environmental systems analysis, and sustainability data science.

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There is an increasing demand for candidates able to analyze and discuss sustainability, and to outline what this means for products, companies, and public decision-makers. 

A master’s degree in industrial ecology opens many possible career paths to support municipal and urban planning, technology development in industry, and environmental policy.

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Your day as a student on Industrial Ecology will consist of lectures, group work and projects. The student organisation for Industrial Ecology is Symbiosis.

Trondheim is known for its great student environment and has been named Norway's best student city. Whatever you like to do in your spare time, you will definitely find something to do in Trondheim. 


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This master's degree programme extends over two academic years (4 semesters) and constitutes a course load of 120 ECTS credits.

It is possible to take one semester abroad during your studies.

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NB! Extended application deadline for applicants from the EU/EEA is June 4 to 11, 2024.

Applicants must hold a BSc/BEng degree within Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences or Social Sciences. 

Prior knowledge and experience 

  1. Obtained at least 12 ECTS in mathematics and/or statistics during their previous studies.
  2. Introductory knowledge of environmental science or environmental management, either in previous studies or professional experience. 

Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees for students from the EU/EEA + Switzerland. For non-European students, tuition fees are being charged according to category C. More information is available on our web page about the tuition fees.

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