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MIND (ERASMUS MUNDUS Master’s programme in Industrial Ecology) is a two-year programme with 120 ECTS, offering a unique Industrial Ecology (IE) education for 15 third country and 10 EU students per edition. Those 25 students can study at two or three universities of the MIND consortium – representing seven universities – that consists of:

University of Graz/Austria (co-ordinator)
Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg/Sweden)
University Leiden (The Netherlands)
Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
Waseda University (Tokyo/Japan)
Asian Institute of Technology (Pathumthani/Thailand), and
Rochester Institute of Technology (USA/New York State).

“Industrial Ecology“ (IE) is an emerging interdisciplinary field combining natural, social, as well as technical sciences, which considers in a integrated systemic approach all different levels from global to the local. Issues related to the environment require a systemic approach so that the connections and feedbacks between industrial activity, human activity and ecological processes can be incorporated in the assessment and problem solving. The issue of “industrial ecology” encompasses physical, chemical and biological links and interrelations between several industrial systems as well as between industrial and ecological systems.

The objective of the “Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Industrial Ecology” is to offer an international and interdisciplinary Master’s programme at the highest level, which allows the participants to make an essential contribution to understanding and proposing solutions to problems in order to support the transition towards a sustainable society.


The entry requirements for MIND students are:

• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, natural sciences, environmental sciences, economics or social sciences with 180 ECTS, including courses in mathematics/statistics (minimum 12 ECTS) and courses in environmental and systems sciences (minimum 12 ECTS) or an equivalent to those courses. The degree should not be older than five years, and a minimum grade of B according to the ECTS grading system is expected.

• For non-native English speakers: Evidence of proficiency in English language with the following thresholds to be reached: TOEFL 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 90 (internet-based); IELTS grade 6.5; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Category A scholarhips

Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs: € 8,000

Maximum contribution to participation costs (including insurance coverage) € 4,000 / semester

Monthly allowance € 1,000 / month

Category B scholarhips

Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs:
€ 3,000

Maximum contribution to participation costs (including insurance coverage)
€ 2,000 / semester

Monthly allowance € 500 / month

How to apply

There is a twofold application process for the MIND programme. The first step is sending a letter with specific appendices, see the following, please: send the following items by mail:

•Certified copy of your Bachelor’s Degree (in case it is not in English, a certified English translation has to be enclosed)
•Transcript of records from your study including a list of courses and grades achieved
•Copy of your passport
•For non-native English speakers: Evidence of proficiency in English language
•Two letters of reference by scholars/academics, that are staff members of the university, where you have been awarded with your Bachelors degree
•Signed motivation letter (minimum two, maximum three A4 pages)
•Your E-Mail address

Please send all of those items mentioned above (no originals!) to:

University of Graz
Buero fuer Int. Beziehungen (BIB)
– Erasmus Mundus MIND –
Universitaetsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Austria / Europe

Deadline is 9 January (postmark)

2) After the University of Graz has received your letter, it will check all items and in case that everything is okay you will be invited by E-Mail for the second step of the application process.

This will include:

• Filling in an application form (with your personal data, language skills, employment record if available)
• CV with all details on your visited higher education institutions
• Your needs for housing (coming alone, with partner, family…)
• Your (potential) application for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship
• The indication of your first and second preference for the EU university for your first study year; your first, second and third preference for the universities chosen for your third and fourth semester
• Any additional information you want to present (e.g. on potential publications, posters, conference talks; etc.)

To start applying, please click scholarization

Contact detail

University of Graz (Austria)
Institute for Systems Science, Innovation and Sustainability Research
Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder and Dr. Ralf Aschemann



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