Industrial Ecology

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Industrial Ecology

– About Industrial Ecology


What is Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is an interdisciplinary research field specialising in environmental sustainability. It is the study of the flow of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities and the effects these flows have on the environment. It also considers the influences of economic, political, regulatory and social factors on the flow, use and transformation of resources. 

Study Industrial Ecology

The international master's degree in industrial ecology at NTNU offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental sustainability.

You will learn how to apply analytical tools to a wide range of environmental issues highly relevant for today’s society; climate, energy, waste, biodiversity, resources and circular economy, and sustainable production and consumption.

You will gain knowledge about environmental pressures and how to critically evaluate solutions. This knowledge is highly relevant for industry, policy and technology development.

Our students bring a variety of academic backgrounds and study in an inter-disciplinary and international environment. The analytical courses apply mathematics and a basic knowledge of linear algebra is recommended.

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Why study Industrial Ecology at NTNU

You will study in an international and inter-disciplinary environment and cooperate with our network of people in research and academia, industry, and environmental protection.

Our professors are leaders in their fields, and provide inspiration, experience and a global network of collaborators. Our work supports the global community to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including co-authoring UN's climate reports. We also host NTNU Sustainability, one of four strategic research areas at NTNU.

You will learn holistic critical thinking methods, and have access to state-of-the-art analytical tools, to solve environmental problems. At the same time you will be in a city with a vibrant international student community. 

NTNU offers Norway's only specialist master's degree programme in Industrial Ecology, and we established the world's first PhD in Industrial Ecology.