Industrial Ecology

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Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology (Master's Programme)


  • MasterFull time, 2 years
  • Location Trondheim
  • Requirements See Admission
  • Max. places See Admission
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Apply before1. March *(varies, see admissions)
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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.

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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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. 

It is recommended to append a letter of motivation to explain your interest and motivation to study Industrial Ecology at NTNU. 

The study programme has 15 study places for international students and 5 study places for Norwegian/Nordic students.


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Other master's programmes you may like

Other Master's programmes you may like

Circular Economy (Erasmus Mundus)
Environmental Engineering (Nordic five tech)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable development goals

Industrial Ecology focuses on the following sustainable development goals

UNs Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible consumption and production. Link to UNs Sustainable development goal number 12

UNs Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate action. Link to UNs Sustainable development goal number 13

UNs Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life below water. Link to UNs Sustainable development goal number 14

UNs Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on land. Link to UNs Sustainable development goal number 15