ECTS points
Education type
Bachelor program
3 Years - Fulltime
Bachelor of Science

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Are you enthusiastic about everything that is technically possible to make the world more sustainable? Nowadays, companies and organizations are increasingly being rated on their sustainability efforts. What is their impact on humans, society, the environment and climate? Innovations in the field of sustainability can increase the commercial success of companies, but they also contribute to a better world. This is what makes the field of Sustainable Innovation so interesting!

Technically, there is already a lot possible in terms of sustainability. The biggest challenge is to actually implement these possibilities. In order to introduce new sustainable technologies, there is a need for collaboration and coordination between civilians, the government and companies. Multiple and different parties are thus always involved in the whole process. In Sustainable Innovation you learn to view an issue regarding sustainability from these parties' perspective. You could specifically start with these projects, for example:

  • establishing energy cooperatives;
  • developing hydrogen power plants;
  • making growth plans for heat networks;
  • developing solar home systems;
  • encouraging the growth of shared-mobility.

All these examples involve several factors in addition to technology: costs, risks, regulation, social acceptance, and so on. In this education, you will learn to place recent developments and discussions on sustainability in a long-term perspective. You will also study how Dutch developments relate at the international level.


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A unique combination of social science and technical subjects

The combination of social science and technical subjects is what makes the Sustainable Innovation bachelor's program so unique. This bachelor's degree is an engineering program and consists of at least one-third of courses in the engineering field. Depending on the chosen specialization you will take these courses at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering or Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences. Our students praise the program for its interesting subjects, the space to fill in part of the education themselves with electives, the small-scale teaching, the accessibility of the teachers and the good atmosphere.

What do you learn?

This study is very contemporary, that is clear. But what is it exactly that you learn? With this bachelor, you will gain experience in both technical, economic and social science disciplines. You mostly learn about:

  • the interaction between technological, economic and social developments;
  • fundamental changes in the long term, or 'transitions';
  • worldwide developments in terms of sustainability;
  • the various aspects of the innovation process: invention, innovation, diffusion, use, policy, governance and societal implications.

You will apply this knowledge in areas such as:

  • energy systems;
  • sustainable mobility;
  • built environment and spatial planning;
  • policy and practice.

Using the multidisciplinary curriculum, offered in a mix of theory and practice, you will develop a broad understanding of sustainability issues. In Sustainable Innovation, you study innovations that help businesses, government and users produce and consume sustainably. You will learn to speak the language of engineering and how economic and social arguments weigh in on decisions about sustainable innovations.

After graduating, you will receive your diploma Bachelor of Science in Innovation Sciences. Want to know more? Check out the Study Program for more information.

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Who are you?

You are an aspiring student with the ambition to create a more sustainable future. You see it as a challenge to engage in the tension between what is possible and what is achievable. You would like to learn to use your social and communication skills to build bridges between businesses, governments, consumers and science. As a Sustainable Innovation student, you must be prepared to work hard. You have successfully attained your pre-university certificate, with mathematics B in the package. It goes without saying that you are committed to social and technical challenges around sustainability. Want to know more? Check out Admission to the bachelor's degree. Do you have a college degree in your pocket? Check the eligibility and additional requirements.

What would you like to become?

With a Sustainable Innovation degree, you will have a broad base as a technical engineer. The most logical step after that is a master's degree. Check out the possibilities at After your bachelor's degree. This degree will enable you to work in a field of work ranging from government to consulting firms and from housing associations to energy companies.


Hilde and Thomas will tell you their top 3 reasons to pursue the SI study at TU/e and take you on a tour of the campus in Eindhoven.

Why TU/e?

With the bachelor's program in Sustainable Innovation (Technical Innovation Sciences), you won't find yourself getting bored easily, as the curriculum is highly diverse! You'll take core courses on technical innovation, engage in engineering subjects, and choose a specialization (track). Additionally, you can shape your studies according to your interests through elective courses.

A dedicated group of instructors within the bachelor's program shapes the core courses; you'll always know who to turn to with your questions. By choosing a specialization (track), you direct the bachelor's program toward the direction you desire. We take great pride in the Mobility track, as it's unique in this field in the Netherlands. With the elective courses, you can make your studies more or less technical, offering the perfect opportunity to broaden and/or deepen your knowledge.

To make studying even more interesting and enjoyable, TU/e also provides a wide range of facilities. Take advantage of  Innovation SpaceSkills LabsCareer Academystudent teamssportclubsstudieverenigingen and studentenverenigingen for the best support in your personal development.

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  • related to Bachelor Innovation Sciences

  • 3.9


  • 50

    Number of first-year students

  • 18-24

    Contact hours in first year

  • 84%

    Advancement to second year

  • 49%

    Degree obtained within 4 years

  • 89%

    Follow-up education

Study association Intermate

The study association Intermate is a vibrant association for Psychology & Technology and Sustainable Innovation students. We organise excursions, lectures, symposiums and an annual study trip. In addition, of course, there is plenty of room for fun: sports tournaments, parties, a weekly get-together, weekends and other activities. Reason enough to join!


Boris Bakker (19) and Axel Verstegen (20) were friends and esteemed, enthusiastic Sustainable Innovation students. They were in the middle of student life and had many friends on our campus. The Boris and Axel fund is there for TU/e students that supports their innovative projects around sustainability, sports, and inclusivity. The fund was established by their parents. 

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Boris Bakker (19) en Axel Verstegen (20) waren vrienden en gewaardeerde, enthousiaste studenten Sustainable Innovation. Ze stonden midden in het studentenleven en hadden veel vrienden op onze campus. Het Boris en Axel fonds fonds steunt TU/e-studenten bij de ontwikkeling of het testen van hun innovatieve projecten en onderzoek op het vlak van sport, duurzaamheid en inclusiviteit. Het is opgericht door de ouders van Boris en Axel.

This program is NVAO-accredited. In the Netherlands, the NVAO assesses the internal quality assurance of universities and colleges and the quality of their programs.