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The Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) consists of two years, in which you will collect a total of 120 EC. During the first year, you will follow mandatory courses. The second year consists of elective courses, an internship and eventually your master’s thesis.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.

Contents of year 1

Sustainable Energy Technology 

Mandatory courses
The courses in the first year are mandatory for each student and can be divided into the following four categories:

1. Energy sources

15 EC

2. Technology and sustainability

15 EC


15 EC

4. Design and System Integration

15 EC

Total EC first year

60 EC

Contents of year 2

During your second year, you will have the opportunity to work towards your own expertise by choosing specialised courses and writing your master's thesis on a specific subject. Examples of research areas you could focus on include Solar energy, Wind energy, Biomass, Energy storage, Intelligent electricity networks or Transition policy. Wherever your interests may lie, there is a great deal of advanced elective courses you can choose from.

Sustainable Energy Technology

You will go on a ten-week practical internship in the field of sustainable energy technology.

15 EC

Advanced elective courses
In order to prepare yourself for your master’s thesis, you choose three advanced courses out of a wide range of electives.

15 EC

Examples of electives are:

Master's thesis
You will spend the last semester of your Master’s on graduating by writing your master’s thesis.

30 EC

Total EC second year

60 EC

The internship is mandatory unless you are a bachelor's student entering from a university of applied science (Dutch HBO) and have considerable industrial experience. In that case, you could also choose to follow 15 EC master’s courses, instead of doing an internship.

Follow courses at four technical universities

If you enrol in the Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology at UT, you are automatically co-registered at three other technical universities in the Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University. Thanks to this collaboration (4TU), you will be able to follow (online) elective courses at any of these four universities. This way, you benefit from the different strengths of each university and a wide selection of courses.

Your internship and thesis

In your second year, you will go on a ten-week internship to gain practical experience and finally complete your Master's in SET by writing your master's thesis.

  • Internship

    There are many options open to you when it comes to choosing your internship. Roughly speaking, there are two types of companies where you could complete your internship: you can either help ‘grey’ businesses go green, enabling them to successfully implement renewable energy solutions, or you can go for green incubators, companies that are dedicated to the realisation of sustainable energy technology from the start.

    You can even go abroad! We often arrange international internships, in for example China, South Africa, Nicaragua or Brazil. Whatever your choice, we will help you to secure an internship that suits your specific field of interest.

    Examples of internships our students took on, include:

    • Participating in sustainable energy projects at the University Centre in Svalbard (Spitsbergen), for example: detecting heat losses for buildings and heat transport systems;
    • Identifying various options of value chains of carbon capture and usage (converting CO2 tot energy or chemicals) at waste processor Twence;
    • Participate in projects focused on large scale battery energy storage at Tesla, Amsterdam;
    • Designing electric circuits at power management company Eaton.
  • Master's thesis

    The last semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis. The choice of your graduation subject is largely up to you. You could focus on solar energy, wind energy, biomass, energy storage, intelligent electricity networks or transition policy, to name just a few of the many options. You will write your thesis under the supervision of a professor of one of the research groups. You could (partially) execute your research project at an external institution or organisation as well.

    Your master's thesis could involve undertaking projects such as:

    • Developing optimal integration strategies for a green tiny house energy system;
    • Improving the sustainability and financial performance of industrial laundry dryers;
    • Analysing the self-shading effect of Building Integrated Photovoltaic windows.


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