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Industrial Ecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The Industrial Ecology programme is offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Industrial ecology aims at giving students a holistic theoretical foundation and analytical skills to address sustainability challenges of companies and organization and to recognize opportunities associated with a greening of the economy. 


The Industrial Ecology programme is offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The study program gives students a solid basis in Industrial Ecology methods, in particular life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, input-output analysis, and life cycle impact assessment. Moreover, they receive an insight into the management of environmental issues in organizations and the use of these methods in climate policy. Students conduct their thesis research in areas such as the environmental impacts of energy and vehicle technologies,  sustainable infrastructure, corporate social responsibility, carbon footprinting, ecological impact methods, or strategies for material recycling and reuse.

NTNU’s IndEcol professors base their teaching on extensive experience in working with companies, government institutions, international and civic organizations, including their contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Resource Panel. MSc students are frequently involved in current research programs or case study work with external organizations.

The MSc programme recruits international and Norwegian students with a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. Through a focus on group work, projects, and contact with industry and government, the MSc Programme provides an exciting learning environment, which extends beyond classroom teaching.


A focus on systems-level understanding and analytical skills, as well as experience applying state-of-the-art environmental assessment methods and policy strategies to real world problems, makes our students attractive to a wide range of employers. Our graduates are now active in research or leading strategic environmental projects in business, industry and governmental agencies.

Programme Structure

Our Masters programme provides students with the ability to apply the analytical tools of Industrial Ecology to a wider range of environmental issues and across different scales, from individual production processes through value chains to national economies. Analysis serves to quantify environmental impacts, understand how environmental stresses are produced, and to evaluate proposed solutions or alternative courses of action. Issues in the industry-environment context that are relevant are: energy, waste, industrial parks and networks, as well as sustainable production and consumption.

Courses include:
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Material Flow Analysis
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Strategic Management
  • The politics of the Environment, Energy and Resource Management
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Understanding and Quantifying Environmental Impacts on Ecosystems
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

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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Academic Requirements

Applicants must hold a BSc/BEng/BA degree within Engineering, Industrial Design, Architecture, Natural Sciences, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology, Economics, Business and Administration, or similar. 

Prior Knowledge, Experience and Motivation:
  • The programme has a strong focus on modeling and requires good skills in mathematics. Applicants must have obtained at least 7.5 ECTS in mathematics or statistics during their previous studies.
  • Introductory knowledge of environmental science or environmental management is strongly recommended.
  • Applicants from outside a Nordic University are required to submit a motivation letter.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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Living costs for Trondheim

  • 10387 - 16650 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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Financing and financial deposit

There are no tuition fees at NTNU. There are a very limited number of scholarships available for specific student groups (E.g. Quota Scheme or Erasmus Mundus scholarship).
All international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway while attending university.

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