Content of the Master's in Sustainable Energy Technology

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you will acquire in-depth technical knowledge as well as a broad foundation in the field of sustainable energy technology.

In essence, the Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) is about realising the sustainable energy transition, from research to development to implementation to social acceptance. As a student, you will gain in-depth knowledge about renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, wind energy or biomass. But you will also learn about system integration (e.g. what kind of electrical infrastructure is needed for successful integration of a renewable energy source?) and about the socio-economical aspects of the sustainable energy transition. To sum up, you will be trained in chemical, electrical, process and mechanical engineering, as well as in economics, business development, innovation, supply chain management and societal change.

In the first year, you will follow (compulsory) courses related to these topics, aimed at you gaining a broad foundation in the field of sustainable energy technology. These courses are divided into four themes:

Examples of courses you will follow within this Master's
  • Are you interested in the relation between wind conditions, location and electric output? The course Wind Energy will teach you all about the design and implementation of wind turbines.
  • Imagine starting up your own business within the sustainable energy sector. How will you turn it into a success? During the course Business Models for Sustainable Energy, you will become an entrepreneur yourself, drawing up your own business plan.
  • The course Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration will provide you with the knowledge and skills to design electric power systems and identify and solve specific problems that arise in the distributed generation of electricity.

Co-decide the content of your Master's

Next to the fundamental courses you will follow during your first year, you have ample opportunity to tailor the rest of your Master's to your own interests and ambitions. The second and final year of your Master’s is about (preparing for) your master’s thesis. You choose a graduation direction and follow advanced and specialised elective courses. Examples of directions you can graduate in are Solar Energy, Biomass, Wind Energy, Power grids or Sustainable Energy and Society, to name a few. By focusing on a specific subject within the domain of sustainable energy technology, you will build deeper expertise in addition to your broad foundation within the field.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master’s, you have acquired specific scientific knowledge, skills and values.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master's, you:

    • have solid (technical) knowledge and a broad overview of the different techniques and energy sources that are important in sustainable energy generation;
    • understand the possible social effects of the energy transition and can adequately anticipate them;
    • have a thorough understanding of business models and their importance in successfully implementing renewable energy sources.
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master's, you:

    • can plan and steer system integration projects, from both a managerial and a technical point of view;
    • are able to translate your work to applicable audiences, both up-, down- and sideways (e.g. management, colleagues and employees);
    • can work on sustainability issues in multidisciplinary teams and understand what members of other disciplines talk about (e.g. mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, etc.)
  • Values

    Upon completion of this Master's, you:

    • have a deep sense of social responsibility and an intrinsic motivation to make our world more resilient and sustainable;
    • are aware of the international community you are part of as a sustainability specialist and value cross-border thinking;
    • value multidisciplinary approaches to sustainability issues.

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