Master programme

Study Programme

Programme structure and overview

The master’s programme Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) is divided in two years that consists of 60 EC each. 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.

Whereas the first year is designed to educate the student to become an engineer with broad basic technical knowledge in several fields of sustainable energy and basic skills in implementing technology driven changes in energy markets worldwide, the second and final year is intended to specialize in a certain field which can have a more technical either a more social focus. However the final Master’s assignment should contain elements of both. The student can choose between two specializations for the second year, the first being the Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) specialization and the second being the Bioresources Value Chain Management (BVM) specialization. In both specializations, the major part focuses on research and/or design through the final Master’s assignment (30 EC). For the SET specialization, elective courses (15 EC) and an internship* (15 EC) give students the possibility to acquire in-depth knowledge to effectively carry out a Master’s thesis project in one of the research areas of Sustainable Energy Technology.  For the BVM specialization courses related to bioresources provide in-depth knowledge to perform a project in the field of Bioresource Value Chain Management.

First year

The first year consist primarily of coursework. There are 12 courses of 5 EC each, which are compulsory. In most cases, these courses include a practical part in which the newly acquired knowledge is applied. 

 

Quartile 1

Theme

Energy Conversion Technology (5 EC)

Technology and sustainability

Life-Cycle Strategy (5 EC)

Technology and sustainability

Sources of Innovation (5 EC)

Design and system integration

 

Quartile 2

Theme

Energy from Biomass (5 EC)

Energy Sources

Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration (5 EC)

Design and system integration

Thermodynamics and Flowsheeting (5 EC)

Design and system integration

 

Quartile 3

Theme

Energy, Sustainability and Society (5 EC)

Socio-economics

Solar Energy (5 EC)

Energy Sources

Energy Storage (5 EC)

Technology and sustainability

 

Quartile 4

Theme

Wind Energy (5 EC)

Energy Sources

System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management (5 EC)

Socio-economics

Designing Business Models (5 EC)

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.

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.

 

SET specialization


BVM specialization


Quartile 1

Internship or Specialisation courses (15 EC)*

Quartile 1

Bioresource Economics and Management (15 EC)

Quartile 2

Pre-assignment study courses (15 EC)

Quartile 2

Bioresource Value Chain Optimization (15 EC)

Quartile 3 and 4 

Master assignment (30 EC)

Quartile 3 and 4

Master assignment (30 EC)


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