The two-year Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) is a full-time programme worth 120 credits which leads to the title of Master of Science (MSc). The programme is taught entirely in English.

A curriculum for the needs of tomorrow

SET offers you a multidisciplinary technical programme with additional subjects from the social sciences that anticipate the impact of technological developments. This multidisciplinary approach is reflected in the involvement of departments such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Social Sciences. Your main focus will be on science and technology, but about a quarter of your first year will address the societal and economic aspects of innovations in energy technology.

SET provides you with broad-based energy technology skills needed for system-based and interdisciplinary projects. Upon completing this master´s, you will be able to apply your skills and knowledge to provide sustainable technical solutions to energy-related problems, taking into account economic, social, environmental and ethical factors.

Because the SET Master´s is offered at three of the universities in the Netherlands that work together under the umbrella of the 4TU Federation, you can also follow courses at one of the other three technical universities in the Netherlands offering related programmes. 

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First year

The first year consists of 12 compulsory courses of 5 EC each. These courses form a well-balanced programme aimed to provide you with a broad foundation, including elements from technology as well as from entrepreneurship and innovation. This core programme is made up of courses related to four themes:

  1. Energy sources;
  2. Technology and sustainability;
  3. Socio-economics;
  4. Design and system integration.

The curriculum is as follows:


Quarter 1

EC

Theme

Energy Conversion Technology

5

Technology and sustainability

Business Models for Sustainable Energy

5

Socio-economics

Basics for Process Simulation

5

Design and system integration 


Quarter 2

EC

Theme

Energy from Biomass

5

Energy sources

Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration

5

Design and system integration 

Thermodynamics and Flowsheeting

5

Design and system integration


Quarter 3

EC

Theme

Solar Energy

5

Energy sources

Energy Storage

5

Technology and sustainability  

Energy, Sustainability and Society

5

Socio-economics 


Quarter 4

EC

Theme

Wind Energy

5

Energy sources

Life-Cycle Strategy

5

Technology and sustainability

System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management

5

Socio-economics  

Second year

In the second and final year, you will take advanced and specialised courses that will prepare you for embarking on your final project, which covers a major part of this year. During the second year, students learn to become a member of a new generation of engineers that will lead the renewable energy revolution. Engineers that are not only focused on technological solutions but also on the impact and implementation of innovative energy technologies. Experts to respond to the global energy challenge.

To achieve the in-depth knowledge to carry out the research assignment 15 EC of specialisations courses have to be chosen. These specialisation subjects should be chosen in the field of specialisation in consultation with the supervisors and can range from courses in the field of laser processing for solar cells and the design of process equipment to chemical reaction engineering, energy-efficient embedded systems and design methodology. For more information about elective courses, you can use the course catalogue. Another 15 EC is devoted to an internship*.


Quartile 1

EC

Internship* or specialisation courses

15


Quartile 2

EC

Pre-assignment study courses

15


Quartile 3 & 4

EC

Master's thesis assignment

30

*Bachelor's students entering from a university of applied science (Dutch HBO) who have considerable industrial experience are not obliged to do an internship. Instead of an internship, they could follow 15 EC master's courses.

Internship

During your second year, you go on a ten-week practical internship in addition to completing your final project and writing your master’s thesis (six months). There are many options open to you when it comes to choosing your internship or final project. Some students are interested in a certain area of application such as wind turbines, energy from waves, energy from biomass or hydrogen technology, while other students opt for a more theoretical research topic. Whatever your choice, we will help you to secure an internship and devise a final project which suits your specific field of interest. Often, we arrange international internships, such as internships in China, South Africa, Nicaragua or Brazil.

Master's assignment

The final master’s assignment is a 30 EC research thesis carried out individually in a specific field of sustainable energy technology related to research chairs of the UT, such as Solar energy, Wind energy, Biomass, Energy storage, Intelligent electricity networks or Transition policy. For a complete overview of possibilities, visit the thesis topics page on this site. The thesis work is innovative and should contain technological as well as social aspects from sustainable energy solutions. Conditionally, the SET thesis research can be done (partially) at an external institute or organization.

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