M.Sc. On Campus

Industrial Ecology

Leiden University

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Industrial Ecology MSc programme at Leiden University offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge of achieving global prosperity within planetary boundaries.


Industrial Ecology is an emerging scientific discipline that takes a systemic approach to sustainability problems. An interdisciplinary approach, integrating an engineering, environmental and social science perspective is essential for sustainable development. 

The Industrial Ecology MSc programme is a co-operation between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. Both universities are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.

Why study Industrial Ecology at Leiden University?

  • You will learn concepts, methods and tools to help you identify, design and critically evaluate sustainability solutions and their implementation.
  • We offer an international multidisciplinary environment, where all students bring their own specific bachelor knowledge and cultural background.  We believe that this multidisciplinary approach is the best way to move forward.
  • Collaboration with third parties, such as national or international partner universities, NGOs, industrial partners, or government institutes 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.

Career Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Modules 
  • Interdisciplinary Project Group 
  • Specialisation Modules
  • Thesis Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

If you have a bachelor’s degree in any of the Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, or Social Sciences from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable affinity with multi- or interdisciplinary education and/or research, and
  • demonstrable interest in the field of sustainability, and
  • passed one or multiple courses that included a minimum of 6 EC of mathematics and/or statistics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /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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