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.

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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 programme will address the societal and economic aspects of innovations in energy technology.

The programme provides you broad-based energy technology skills needed for system-based and interdisciplinary projects. On completing the programme, you will be able to apply your skills and knowledge to provide sustainable solutions to energy-related problems, taking into account technical, economic, social, environmental and ethical factors.

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 for the academic year 2018-2019 is as follows:

Quarter 1

Theme

Energy Conversion Technology

Technology and sustainability

Business Models for Sustainable Energy

Socio-economics

Basics for Process Simulation

Design and system integration 


Quarter 2

Theme

Energy from Biomass

Energy sources

Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration

Design and system integration 

Thermodynamics and Flowsheeting

Design and system integration


Quarter 3

Theme

Solar Energy

Energy sources

Energy Storage

Technology and sustainability  

Energy, Sustainability and Society

Socio-economics 


Quarter 4

Theme

Wind Energy

Energy sources

Life-Cycle Strategy

Technology and sustainability

System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management

Socio-economics  

SECOND YEAR

In the second and final year, you will follow elective specialization courses (15 EC), do an internship* (15 EC) and carry out yourt Master’s assignment (thesis project). 

The Master’s assignment (research thesis) in both specializations is 30 EC. With this individual assignment, you will complete your Master’s programme. The main objective is that you learn, and prove that you are able, to define, perform, complete and reflect on a research project with a large degree of independence. Working on your thesis, you will prove your level of understanding and your ability to carry out a scientific research or design project, using the acquired competences, i.e. knowledge, skills and attitude. 

You can choose to do your Master’s assignment in one of the energy-related 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, check our thesis topics. You will conduct your research under the supervision of two (daily) supervisors, one from a technical discipline and one from a social discipline, to guarantee that both aspects are represented. Under certain conditions, you can also carry out your SET thesis research, or part of it, at an external institute or organization.    

Quarter 1

Internship* or specialization courses (15 EC)

Quarter 2

Pre-assignment study courses (15 EC)  

Quarter 3 and 4 

Master's assignment (30 EC)  

* If you are entering this programme with a Bachelor’s or Professional Studies degree from a University of Applied Sciences (Dutch HBO), or with considerable industrial experience, you are not required to do an internship (‘stage’ in Dutch). Instead, you can follow 15 EC of Master’s courses.

A 4TU PROGRAMME

The 4TU Federation is a collaboration between the four technical universities in the Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and the University of Twente. The SET programme is jointly organized by three of the four universities: Eindhoven, Delft and Twente. This collaboration means you can profit from the different strengths of all three. You register at the university of your choice, but you will automatically be co-registered at the other two universities and have access to the facilities of all three. This means you can also follow courses or carry out your Master’s thesis at another location.

The programme at all three universities is largely identical, with subtle differences related to research specializations. Areas of focus at the University of Twente include:

  • the integration of solar energy into products;
  • thermal and chemical conversion processes for biomass;
  • computational fluid dynamics of wind turbines;
  • Hydrogen as an energy carrier;
  • water- and energy-related issues;
  • smart grids;
  • sustainable energy technology implementation;
  • business development for sustainable energy and bio-based economies.
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