MSc Programme by Leiden University and TU Delft

Industrial Ecology

🌱 About the Programme

Industrial Ecology (IE) is an international study program for students that want to work on the global challenges ahead of us, be it climate change, water and soil pollution, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, inequality or one of the other major problems of our planet. Students are equipped with knowledge and abilities, the so-called IE toolbox, which helps to understand the problems but also to solve them holistically.

However, all the challenges are complex and cannot simply be solved with a one-dimensional solution. Because of that IE brings three major study disciplines together – natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. Due to this approach, IE is also considered the science of sustainability. 

The Master’s of IE is taught at Leiden University and TU Delft and is a joint degree, combining the strengths of both universities and allowing for the interdisciplinary approach that makes it stand out. For more information check out study program websites of Leiden University and TU Delft.


In the course of the Industrial Ecology Master’s, there is a lot of space for elective courses. Being a joint degree, IE students have the opportunity to choose courses at both Leiden University and TU Delft. This allows students to get insights into many different fields or to specialize in a certain field – or to do something in between. 

Elective Orientation Database

The huge number and diversity of electives may make it difficult for IE students to orientate and to find the right way through this Master’s.

To support IE students, Shift launched the Elective Orientation Database in 2020. Following the principle of inter- and intra-generational support, this database is from students for students. After taking an elective, IE students fill in their experiences and opinions on the course into the excel database. This way, other IE students that are developing their individual study plan are supported in finding the best-suiting electives.

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Check out the Elective Orientation Database in the Shift Google Drive!