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Industrial Ecology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
The PhD in Industrial Ecology is offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The challenge addressed by Industrial Ecology program is how to increase sustainability on different scales (society, sector, company, products/services), with the major emphasis on improving environmental and economic performance of important activities in society.


The PhD in Industrial Ecology is offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The PhD in Industrial Ecology aims to provide the candidates with an interdisciplinary, theoretical and methodological fundament for research and development activities in relation to design improvements, public and private policy and management, as well as quantitative and qualitative environmental systems analysis. The PhD program is built on the successful experiences of interdisciplinary collaboration at the Industrial Ecology programme (IndEcol) and present international network.

IndEcol is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program managing its own International MSc program and PhD program. IndEcol has a high reputation within the field as evidenced by a high-profile international evaluation and the listing within top-publishing academic units in Norway. IndEcol is well integrated in the international research community through participation in ISIE, IIOA, SETAC, and other relevant research societies. Recent work on input-output analysis and emissions embodied in trade has received significant attention internationally, see

NOTE: There are two options to take a PhD: (1) The candidate come as an externally financed student. This means that he/she brings his/hers own scholarship or his/her employer pays. (2) The candidate is hired on a PhD scholarship, which is a 3-4 year position at the university.

PhD positions are announced throughout the year depending on available resources:

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  •  Introduction to Research Methodology, Theory of Science and Ethics
  • Industrial Ecology Research Methods
  • Waste Management and Industrial Ecology, PhD
  • Material Flow Analysis, Resources and Recycling, PhD
  • Industrial Ecology and Input Output Analysis
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Environmental and Social Responsibility- Theoretical and Methodological Approach to Multi-Disciplinary Research
  • Resource Management: Institutions and Institutional Design
  •  Environmental and Resource Economics
  •  Ecodesign
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

To be accepted to a PhD-programme at NTNU, you must have:

  • a funding plan - financing is an absolute requirement for acceptance to a PhD-programme at NTNU. 
  • completed at least five years of higher education that includes a master's degree or other equivalent degree.
  • a strong academic record and a weighted average for the last two years of your master's degree equivalent to a B or higher in NTNU's grading scale.

If your previous education is from outside of Norway, you may contact NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) to have your education assessed and recognized, another option is that the Faculty completes a similar assessment while considering your application. 

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Trondheim

  • 10387 - 16650 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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


Sources of funding:

  • by agreement with your regular employer
  • the Research Council of Norway under the Industrial PhD scheme or the Public sector PhD scheme
  • other national or international scholarships

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