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AL227X Degree Project in Industrial Ecology, Second Cycle 30.0 credits

Industrial Ecology is a modern interdisciplinary approach to the environmental problems of today. The starting point is the understanding that sustainable development is reached in the world only when technical, economic and social development takes place within the scope of the long-term supporting capacity of the ecosystems. The role and application of technology for a resource-efficient and environmentally sound social development is central for ensuring sustainability. 

Information about the degree project can be found on

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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P1 (15.0 hp), P2 (15.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Jiechen Wu (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AL227X (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

For the degree project in Industrial Ecology applications (strategies, tools and methods) are mainly within fields such as urban and industrial metabolism, environmental system analyses, environmental management, environmental impact assessment, environmental technology as well as applications of sustainable development on technical development and technical systems.

Proposed degree projects can be found on the department's webpage. Proposals for degree projects can be formulated by students, companies or teachers. Priority is given to projects connected to the research domains of the division.

The degree project should include literature studies, theory and method description, experimental or theoretical study with performance analysis. The time needed should correspond to 20 weeks of full-time studies.

The degree project should result in a report that reflects a scientific working methodology. The degree project is presented at a seminar. At the seminar, examiner and peer reviewers participate as well as possibly external representatives. The student should also peer review another student's thesis.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed degree project, the student should be able to

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific foundation and best practices for the chosen subject, as well as an advanced understanding of current research and development within the area and in-depth knowledge of research methodology.
  2. demonstrate the ability to search, create and integrate knowledge and to identify if there is a need for additional knowledge, all with a holistic, critical and systematic work approach.
  3. demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse, assess and handle complex phenomena, issues and situations also with limited information
  4. demonstrate the ability to plan and with adequate methods carry out qualified assignments within given time frames and to evaluate this work
  5. demonstrate the ability to develop and evaluate products, processes, systems, methods or technical solutions with respect to humans' circumstances and needs as well as society's goals in term of economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development.
  6. demonstrate the ability, both orally and in writing, in dialogue with different groups, to clearly explain and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which these are based
  7. demonstrate the ability to make assessments considering relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects
  8. show such skill that is required to participate in research and development or to work independently in other qualified activities

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

All courses that are required for issuing the Degree of Bachelor should be fully completed with a pass mark. At least 60 credits of courses for second-cycle studies should be fully completed with a pass mark. These 60 credits should include all courses in the programme relevant to the degree project and a course in theory of science and research methodology.

The examiner is responsible to evaluate special admission requirements

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • XUPP - Examination, 30.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

XUPP- Examination assignment, 30 credits.

Other requirements for final grade

Grading scale: P/F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Jiechen Wu (