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, Applied Sciences and Technology Management. 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. Upon completing the programme, 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.

First year

The first year consists of 12 compulsorily courses of 5 EC each. These courses form a well-balanced programme aimed to provide the student a broad foundation with 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 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

 specialization year: SET or BVM

In the second and final year students can complete the Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) specialization or pursue the Bioresources Value Chain Management (BVM) specialization.  Both choices will provide advanced and specialized courses as preparation for the master thesis research.  The SET specialization consists of elective specialization courses (15 EC), an internship* (15 EC) and a master assignment (thesis project). The BVM specialization consists of courses on Bioresource Economics and Management (15 EC), Bioresource Value Chain Optimization (15 EC) and a master assignment (thesis project).

The Master assignment (research thesis) in both specializations is 30 EC. This individual master’s assignment is the completion of the master’s programme. The main objective of the research thesis is that the student learns and proves that he is able to define, perform, complete and reflect a research project at a large degree of independence. During the master’s thesis work, a student proves his level of understanding and ability to carry out a scientific research or design project, using the acquired competences, i.e. knowledge, skills and attitude.

Students following the SET specialization choose to do their master 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, visit the thesis topics page on this site.  The research is performed 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. Conditionally, the SET thesis research can be done (partially) 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 assignment (30 EC)  

Student following the BVM specialization do their master assignment in collaboration with industry in the Netherlands or abroad. The thesis research is innovative, industry driven and adds to industrial or regional bio-based developments. Thesis topics combine a resource, technology, economic and chain orientation.

Quarter 1

Bioresource Economics and Management (15 EC)

Quarter 2

Bioresource Value Chain Optimization (15 EC)

Quarter 3 and 4

Master assignment (30 EC)

*Bachelors entering from a university of professional education (HBO) who have considerable industrial experience are not obliged to do an internship (stage). Instead of an internship they could follow 15 EC master courses.

A 4TU PROGRAMME

Sustainable Energy Technology is organized by the 4TU Federation, 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.

This collaboration enables students to profit from the specific strengths of three universities, University of Twente, Eindhoven and Delft. You register at the university of your choice, but you will automatically be co-registered at the other two universities to give you access to the facilities of all three, e.g. to follow courses or to do your master 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;
  • large-scale production of hydrogen;
  • water and energy related issues;
  • smart grids;
  • energy, economy and society;
  • bio-energy and biobased product business development.
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