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Industrial Ecology offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge to achieve global prosperity.

Industrial Ecology offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge to achieve global prosperity.
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diplomaMSc Industrial Ecology
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
Opleidingsvideo Masteropleidng Industrial Ecology

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Why study Industrial Ecology at Leiden University?
  • You will learn concepts such as industrial metabolism, industrial symbiosis, industrial evolution and life cycle thinking.
  • We offer an international multidisciplinary environment. We believe that this approach is the best way to move forward.
  • Collaboration with third parties is encouraged and facilitated.
  • You will be inspired by professors from two world-class universities, who are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.

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Masterdag Leiden
Ben jij je aan het oriënteren op een masteropleiding? Bezoek dan onze Masterdag. Hier bezoek je opleidingspresentaties en kun je vragen stellen aan docenten, studenten, alumni en studieadviseurs. En maak kennis met de leukste studentensteden van Nederland: Leiden en Den Haag!


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taal van onderwijs100% en
colloquium, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, practicum, working group
instruction modes
You will be guided through your study programme by the study-advisor. There will be regular contact about your individual study-plans. The study advisor will also monitor study progress and contact students when progress is found to be insufficient. Furthermore, all the teachers within the programme are researchers and they are always open for discussing possible thesis research topics.
study abroad
Students get the opportunity to study abroad. They can choose to do their Thesis Research Project (30 EC) (or Specialisation Modules) abroad. Students do need approval from the Board of Examiners for this.
The programme is designed to maximise knowledge exchange, creating a true to life environment and ultimately to prepare you for your master's thesis.
The master's programme Industrial Ecology consists of three parts, providing basic concepts and theories:

  • Natural Sciences of Industrial Ecology: Environmental science, Industrial Ecology analysis of technosphere systems and their relation with biosphere systems, in view of ecological sustainability, using tools such as Life Cycle Assessment, Material Flow Analysis, and ecological models.
  • Technical Sciences of Industrial Ecology: Design of technological systems, with a view on sustainable development, using tools from the realm of Design for Sustainability, Ecodesign, and Complex Adaptive Systems.
  • Social Sciences of Industrial Ecology: Implementation of sociotechnological systems, among others eco-industrial parks, and implementation of sustainably sound industrial practice.

honours-/excellence program

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
1 februari 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend


a bachelor's degree in any of the Natural Sciences, Engineering

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inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


? studenten volgen deze opleiding
?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
26505 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Barbara Putman
Testimonial Barbara Putman

“Industrial Ecology is a perfect match for my ideals and ambitions.”

“After my Communication Sciences programme I spent a semester in Australia where I took a minor in Sustainable development. I am now taking a master's in Industrial Ecology, offered jointly at the TU Delft and Leiden University. A production process is just like ecology in microcosm: everything is inter-related. We look at how a product is made, what influence it has on man and nature, and what happens with the product once it has been used.

The master's takes two years...
This makes the master's interdisciplinary; your fellow students come from very diverse fields, varying from technology and management to industrial design and political science. As yet there is no compulsory bridging programme for Industrial Ecology, which means that for some subjects you have to work really hard to make up for any gaps in your knowledge.

For me, the choice in favour of Industrial Ecology was easy; you learn to look at the world, you realise that everything is connected. The study also teaches you which buttons to press for a sustainable result. The master's gives me a complete picture of how the world – and therefore the business sector and government as well as citizens – can achieve sustainability. I want to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff and help companies achieve sustainability in the DNA of their services and products.”

lees verder ...

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Industrial Ecology aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 66 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

With a joint-degree diploma in Industrial Ecology you are well prepared for broad array of career prospects in business, industry and government, as well as non-governmental organisations, universities and research institutes.
After graduating you are able to analyse sustainability challenges, create and initiate innovative technological solutions, and come up with tools and strategies for management and policy regarding these solutions. You will have learned to think in systems instead of individual products, processes thereby designing science based solutions for sustainability problems. You will be able to combine the analytical focus of a natural scientist with the problem-solving capacity of an engineer and reflective capacity of a social scientist.

Industrial Ecology graduates find employment opportunities throughout business, industry, and government, as well as in non-governmental organisations, universities and research institutes. They operate as mediators, system designers, innovators and scientific researchers. They are primarily engaged in activities designed to encourage people at all levels of society to consider adopting sustainable practices and to initiate change in existing patterns of production and consumption. Graduates of the programme typically secure suitable employment quickly after graduations.

current job market

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