Industrial Ecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
Society faces immense challenges arising from pressure on the environment and the natural resources such as climate change, chemical risks and resource constraints on land, materials and energy.  The Industrial Ecology programme is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology.

About

Programme aim

The Industrial Ecology programme at the Chalmers University of Technology aims to equip students with the competencies, knowledge and tools needed to analyse environmental impacts and resource constraints, to suggest and develop mesures and to plan, lead, evaluate and follow up the effects of measures related to for example roduct development, land and resource use, energy systems, and large-scale urban planning processes.

Industrial Ecology provides a solution-oriented engineering approach to environmental and sustainability problems. Hence, while it is important for graduates of the programme to have gained a broad understanding of environmental problems in nature, they should become experts in analytical tools that facilitate the suggestion of relevant measures or policies.

Career opportunities

Engineers from the Industrial Ecology programme have interesting and broad career opportunities. Previous students from the rogramme have continued to jobs in industry, environmental consultancy firms, governmental agencies and research.

  • Industry: graduates from the programme work for example as environmental strategy analyst, project leaders at environmental divisions and in technology development. Examples of industrial sectors include energy, automobile, furiture, green buildings and process industry.
  • Environmental consultancy firms: e.g. life cycle analysis, systems analyses of energy resources and waste.
  • Governmental agencies: e.g. Swedish Energy Agency, Swedish Environmental Technology Council.
  • Research: Several students have also continued within academia both at Chalmer (Physical Resource Theory, Environmental Systems Analysis, Energy Technology, Logistics and Transportation, Shipping and Marine Technology) and other internationally known institutions.
Research and industry connections

The programme was developed by leading professionals at the Department of Energy and Environment who have a close contact with industry and authorities to ensure an educational profile that meets the needs of the target groups.

The core courses of the programme are closely connected to ongoing research at the Divisions of Environmental Systems Analysis and Physical Resource Theory. Both of these divisions have expanded over several years with research groups that cover a wide range of topics and have connections to international research networks, several different industrial sectors and policy processes. In addition, the Environment Economics Unit at University of Gothenburg gives one of the courses at the programme.

Chalmers' research and education in the field of environment and sustainability is very strong in general. In a recent ranking Chalmers ended up as the number one Swedish university in the environmental field, based on the connection between research and education and the popularity among students and employers.

Chalmers' strength in this area is currently further developed by increased funding to strategically important research including for example Chalmers Energy Initiative, the Sustainable Transport Initiative and the Sustainable Production Initiative.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Compulsory courses
  • Sustainable development
  • Science of environmental change
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Sustainable power production and transportation
  • Sustainable energy futures
  • Preparatory course in Matlab
For more information please visit the programme website.

Audience

Students who wish to develop analytical skills and learn tools that enable a professional career in a field where they can make a difference for sustainable development. The programme welcomes students from all fields of engineering as well as other relevant backgrounds including architecture, environmental science, physics and chemistry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: - Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture and Engineering, Environmental, Geo or Agricultural Science.
  • Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Mathematical statistics) 30 credits and Sustainability science 7,5 credits
  • English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14551 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 140 000 SEK/ academic year;

Living costs for Göteborg

  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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