Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus), M.Sc.

Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus), M.Sc.

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Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s programmes are co-operations between at least three European universities and can also include partner universities outside of Europe. Students in these programmes study at at least two European universities and receive either a double or a joint degree. The Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus) programme is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology.


Industrial Ecology is an emerging interdisciplinary field combining natural, technical and social sciences in a systems view at scale levels from the global to the local. Its core concept is the analogy between processes in nature (biosphere) and processes in society (techno-sphere).

Evolution has resulted in a highly efficient use of materials and energy in biosphere systems: waste from one process is a resource for another. In today's society, resources are exploited, producing unusable waste streams and release of pollutants to soil, water, and air, leading to complex sustainability problems. Society might take lessons from the biosphere to solve these problems.

The Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus) Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus) programme is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology Chalmers University of Technology.

The MIND programme (ERASMUS MUNDUS Master's programme in Industrial Ecology) is a new two-year programme with 120 ECTS, offering a unique Industrial Ecology education for up to 15 Third-country and up to 10 EU students per edition. Those maximal 25 students can study at two or three universities of the MIND consortium, representing seven universities.

The objective of the MIND programme is to train students

  • to conduct industrial ecology analyses of such complex sustainability problems,
  • to design industrial ecology solutions for these problems and
  • to develop implementation strategies for those solutions identified.

Therefore, MIND is in the heart of the EU needs of the "Europe 2020 strategy", because due to the current sustainability problems and imminent EU and global transitions in energy systems, food systems etc. there is a great need for Industrial Ecology trained persons that have a grasp of the complexities of the field of sustainable development.
The MIND programme combines the expertise and experience of prominent groups in the area of Industrial Ecology research, within and outside the EU. MIND is the first international master programme in Industrial Ecology worldwide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Industrial Ecology
  • Introduction to resource recycling engineering
  • Environmental Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
  • Financial Engineering


The MIND Programme prepares the students for following doctoral studies and careers in the fields of scientific research. The focus on societal topics of the programme also prepares the students for careers not directly related to scientific research. 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree: in engineering or science
  • Courses in mathematics/statistics: minimum 30 ECTS
  • English proficiency: IELTS with no part of the test below 5.5; TOEFL (paper based) with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part, TOEFL (internet based) with a minimum of 20 on the written part

Living costs for Göteborg

  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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