Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable future? Then our bachelor Sustainable Innovation might be something for you.

Innovations from a technical, economic and social perspective

Sustainable Innovation studies innovations from a technical, economic and social perspective, so that society can consume and produce sustainably. When introducing new sustainable technologies into society, for example in the energy supply and the built environment, several actors are always involved: the government, the business community, social groups, knowledge institutions and also the consumer. At Sustainable Innovation, these different actors look at an issue aimed at a sustainable society. Take, for example, the introduction of solar panels: this involves more than just technology. Costs, regulations and acceptance by society also play a role. You will also learn to place recent developments and discussions about sustainability in a long-term perspective and how Dutch developments relate to international developments.


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Study in figures

  • 4,2

    Student satisfaction

  • 172

    Number of first-year students

  • 18-24

    Contact hours in first year

  • 67%

    Advancement to second year

  • 46%

    Degree obtained within 4 years

  • 98%

    Follow-up education

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Study association Intermate

The study association represent the interests of Psychology & Technology and Sustainable Innovation students . It tries to let the students view their field of study from a different angle. It achieves this by means of excursions, lectures and symposia and by organizing a study trip. On the other hand, the association also organises sports tournaments, parties, a weekly drink, weekends and other forms of leisure activities to stimulate the relation between the members themselves.

NVAO Accreditation

The independent judgment by the NVAO strengthens higher education institutions in their quality culture. On the basis of the judgments of NVAO higher education programmes are recognized and students receive a legally recognized degree. In the Netherlands, NVAO assesses the internal quality assurance pursued by universities and the quality of the programmes they provide.


  • How heavy is the student workload in Sustainable Innovation?

    Your week is pretty full. In the first year you have roughly 15 teaching hours per week; these are lectures and tutorials. In addition, you spend about two days a week working on DBL assignments. The DBL assignments are carried out in small groups. The homework consists of studying the material you have learned in class. After the first year the number of hours spent at the university decreases and the number of hours you need to spend on private study increases.

  • What does the Sustainable Innovation course involve?

    Sustainable Innovation focuses on the redesign of technological systems from a societal and economic perspective, such as energy supplies and the built environment, to enable society at large to consume and produce in a sustainable way. The program also teaches you to place recent developments and discussions about sustainability in a long-term context, and covers the way in which developments in the Netherlands relate to those elsewhere in the world.

  • Which courses will be taught during the bachelor Sustainable Innovation

    You’ll follow a range of courses and work on projects in the areas of technology, social sciences and economy.

    On the Sustainable Innovation Bachelor program we consider it valuable that even while you are still a student your study offers you the opportunity to gain experience of issues in the field. For this reason, the course involves Design-Based Learning, or DBL projects. These engage you in real-world assignments. These start right in the first year. In the DBL projects you will work in a group of approx. four to six students on absorbing innovative issues.