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.

A 3TU programme

Sustainable Energy Technology is organized by the 3TU Federation, a collaboration between the three technical universities in the Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente.

This collaboration enables students to profit from the specific strengths of all three universities. 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.

First year

You will be primarily involved in coursework in the first year of your programme. In most cases, these courses include a practical section in which you will apply your newly acquired knowledge. The first semester is partly devoted to ensuring that all students are up to speed with the minimum requirements of the curriculum. You will also be introduced to systems thinking and the key concepts involved in renewable energy sources, supply and consumption. Your second semester courses take a more advanced approach to these concepts, and involve a good deal of project work. These projects feature a systems approach coupled with UT’s combined engineering and social science approach, and they promote interdisciplinary collaboration.


In your second year, you will take advanced and specialized courses that will prepare you for embarking on your final project, which comprises a major part of the year. You will base your Master’s project on one of six focus areas: energy from biomass, solar energy, wind energy, hydrogen technology, electrical power engineering or energy and society. However, other energy related topics, such as energy from waves or water for energy are also possible.


During your second year, you will also go on a three-month practical internship in addition to completing your final project and writing your Master’s thesis (six months). Some students opt to combine the two in a larger project involving both their internship and Master’s thesis in nine 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 suit your specific field of interest. Often, we arrange international internships, such as internships in China, South Africa, Nicaragua or Brazil.

Want to know more? Have a look at our course descriptions.

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