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

In the first year of your programme, you will be mainly involved in coursework. Most of these courses include a practical section in which you apply your newly acquired knowledge in a hands-on team project or assignment.

Quartile 1


Energy Conversion Technology (5 EC)

Brem / Pozarlik

Life-Cycle Strategy (5 EC)


Sources of Innovation (5 EC)


Quartile 3


Energy, Sustainability and Society (5 EC)


Solar Energy (5 EC)


Energy Storage (5 EC)

Brem / Mul

Quartile 4


Wind Energy (5 EC)


System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management (5 EC)


Designing Business Models (5 EC)



(specialization in Sustainable Energy Technology or Bioresource Value Chain Management)

In your second year, you will take advanced and specialized courses that will prepare you for embarking on your final project, which covers a major part of this year.

Sustainable Energy Technology Track

Bioresource Value Chain Management Track

Quartile 1

Internship or Specialisation courses (15 EC)

Quartile 1

Bioresources characteristics and properties (15 EC)

Quartile 2

Pre-assignment study courses (15 EC)

Quartile 2

Bioresources value chain (15 EC)

Quartile 3 and 4 

Master assignment (30 EC)

Quartile 3 and 4

Master assignment (30 EC)

Sustainable energy technology specialization

The Sustainable Energy Technology specialization 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. Read more

Bioresource Value Chain Management specialization

The specialisation track Bioresource Value Chain Manager of SET offers a multidisciplinary program on bioresource value chain management. Graduates will become value chain managers in the biobased economy. Bioresources are local resources with unique characteristics and their sustainable economic usage require multidisciplinary trained experts able to turn the resources into profitable business. The  specialization, therefore, teaches on bioresources, technologies and economics as specific features and characteristics of bioresource value chains. You will learn about the bioresource value chain as a flow of biomass resources (what can you make of it), as a network of interconnected technologies and products (how can you make it), as a flow of economic transactions (how can you turn it into profitable business) and about bioresource value chain optimization and innovation (how can you improve the chain). The program combines a material and an energy focus on bioresources, which is unique in Europe. Practice orientation, internationalization and collaboration with industry are core features of the program. Read more


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.


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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