Master's Degree Programme (2 years), Trondheim

(MSc) in Industrial Ecology

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 ( 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?

The programme has a strong focus on modeling and requires good skills in mathematics. The intensity of the study programme does usually not allow students to take mathematics courses during the programme. Applicants must have obtained at least 7.5 ECTS in mathematics or statistics during their previous studies.

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 2014 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.  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.

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?

Having trouble with your online application for our international Master's of Science programmes? Wondering when the deadlines are, or what kind of language requirements to be fulfilled? We have answered all these questions and more in our FAQs.

Student life in Trondheim

Welcoming week for new students: Testing the bicycle lift in Trondheim.