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 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.

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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


Energy Conversion Technology

Technology and sustainability

Business Models for Sustainable Energy


Basics for Process Simulation

Design and system integration 

Quarter 2


Energy from Biomass

Energy sources

Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration

Design and system integration 

Thermodynamics and Flowsheeting

Design and system integration

Quarter 3


Solar Energy

Energy sources

Energy Storage

Technology and sustainability  

Energy, Sustainability and Society


Quarter 4


Wind Energy

Energy sources

Life-Cycle Strategy

Technology and sustainability

System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management


Second year

In the second and final year students can complete the regular Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) track or pursue the Bioresources Value Chain Management (BVM) specialization track.  Both choices will provide advanced and specialized courses as preparation for the master thesis research.  The regular SET track consists of elective specialization courses (15 EC), do an internship* (15 EC) and carry out your Master’s 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.

For more information about the two tracks, click on the items below.

Regular SET track

The regular Sustainable Energy Technology track educates students 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.

The education is aimed to become an engineer who has an overview of technological solutions for the generation of sustainable energy. The UT-SET engineer has a broad foundation but has also the capability to specialize in a specific field of sustainable energy and he has management skill and knowledge to be able to implement an innovative technological solution for energy-related problems, taking into account economic, social, environmental and ethical factors.

After successful completion of the SET Master's programme, the graduate is trained to be an engineer that is not only technical technically skilled but also a person that can operate in the total innovation chain towards sustainable energy supply, from the idea towards the final implementation.

UT- SET engineers work as engineers, as researchers, as consultant or start their own company. They are employed in industry at large companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Philips Research, Royal HaskoningDHV, at electricity network companies such as Aliander and PLN (Indonesia), at universities and other companies such as, Remeha (domestic heating systems and heat pumps), Senvion (wind turbine manufacturer), Ventilex (manufacturer of drying solutions).

Overview of the regular SET track

The broad foundation, the skills and knowledge on technological as well as on social and entrepreneurial aspects is gained in the first year of the programme. The second year is aimed towards specialization in a specific field of sustainable energy.

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.

To achieve the in-depth knowledge to carry out the research assignment 15 EC of specializations courses have to be chosen. These specialization subjects should be chosen in the field of specialization in consultation with the supervisors and can range from course 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*.

Second year: Sustainable Energy Technology

60 EC

Internship* or specialization courses

15 EC

Specialization courses

15 EC

Master thesis assignment

30 EC

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

Information and contact

If you require more information or if you have any questions about this track, please contact the programme coordinator.

BVM specialization track


The specialization track Bioresource Value Chain Management (BVM) will provide the education to manage, optimize and innovate bioresource supply chains in European regional contexts and to optimize resource utilization within the framework of a Bio-Economy.

The aim of the program is to scientifically educate professionals to analyze, develop, manage and innovate existing and new bioresource value chains in an European regional context. The curriculum is multidisciplinary combining knowledge and skills of biology, chemical and mechanical engineering, business development and economics and supply chain management and innovation.

After successful completion of the SET-BVM master programme, the graduate will have gained knowledge and skills to design and develop the path towards a bioeconomy in Europe.

Career prospects

Graduates will be able to manage and lead the transition to a bio-economy in Europe and the world. The SET-BVM graduate will take this challenge by initiating and developing new value chains out of local bioresources and turn these into sustainable economic value for regions. Their job can be part of an industry and public or private bio-organizations devoted to and working on the development of a sustainable bio-economy.

Learn more about the biobased economy.

Overview of the BVM track

The first part of the BVM specialization track is devoted to specialization courses (quartile 1 and 2). You will deepen your knowledge on bioresource value chains, economics, management and business development. The teaching approach is problem oriented, implying teaching with real-life cases as much as possible in collaboration with industry. As part of the teaching modules, students are also encouraged to participate in international summer schools on bio-engineering topics. In the second part of the specialization year (quartile 3 and 4) the master assignment is carried out 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.

Quartile 1:  Bioresource Economics and Management

15 EC

(Regional) Economics of Bioresources

5 EC

Bioresource Buisiness Development and Management

5 EC

Bioresource Value Chain Optimization

5 EC

Quartile 2:  Bioresource Value Chain Optimization

15 EC

Sustainable Bioresource Supply Chain Management

5 EC

Capita Selecta on Bioresources or Conversion Technologies

5 EC

Integrative Business Project

5 EC

Quartile 3 & 4:  Master Thesis Assignment  

30 EC

Research project in collaboration with industry

30 EC

International collaboration

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SET-BVM has been developed by a consortium of European universities and industries united in eseia and with support of the EU Horizon 2020 program. SET-BVM addresses the future need of new generations of experts able to lead the sustainable energy transition in Europe as addressed SET-Plan Education.

The eseia consortium offers international opportunities for collaboration with industry for your master thesis research. See also the website of eseia.

Information and contact

If you require more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

dr. M.J. Arentsen (Maarten)
Associate Professor

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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