Degree structure

Sustainable Innovation Core

The core courses of Sustainable Innovation form the basis of your study program. The Sustainable Innovation core consists of courses in the field of social sciences and technology. You’ll combine courses on, for example, innovation of technology and transition studies. The technical courses are part of the Sustainable Energy or Urban Planning and Mobility tracks. To prepare you take a number of basic courses that are necessary to become an engineer. Such as mathematics and applied physics.

In the remainder of Sustainable Innovation core focuses on research methods and practical assignments. You also develop your professional skills in writing, presenting collaborating, organizing, etc.. Moreover, a quarter of your bachelor's program consists of electives that you can choose together with your teacher coach. You can take electives at any department in order to broaden your knowledge or to specialize in a specific field.

First year

During the first year, you become familiar with the areas of expertise that shape the field of Sustainable Innovation. You predominantly develop your competences: you take engineering courses (mathematics, applied physics) combined with core courses that form the fundament of the SI program, and an Impact of Technology (ITEC) course on ethics. The core courses are related to the key learning lines of the SI program:

  • Economics of innovation
  • Sustainable Technology in Society
  • Research methods and Sustainability Assessment
  • Global Sustainability

You also choose one of the technical tracks (Sustainable Energy or Urban Planning and Mobility). In your first year, you take your first course(s) within this track.

Second year

In the second year, you deepen your knowledge in the above key areas of Sustainable Innovation. You continue your technical track with technical courses. Furthermore, you learn to apply your knowledge and develop your professional skills. There’s also a multidisciplinary challenge-based project course. In the second year you also make a start with personalizing your program by taking 3 elective courses.

Third year

The third year is all about strengthening your vision and personal identity and about demonstrating your competences in the Bachelor End Project (BEP).

Half of the third year is dedicated to electives. In the other half, you follow the final core courses and the ITEC course Engineering for Society. You also do your Bachelor End Project.

Challenge-Based Learning

One third (33%) of the courses of the bachelor program have a Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) setup. In CBL courses you apply the knowledge you gain during the course on real-life, open-ended challenges. Year 2 of the bachelor program involves an interdisciplinary challenge bases course, bringing together different engineering disciplines.    

Allience Electives, Innovation Space and Extra Curricular Activities

In addition to your core you can choose electives that will accentuate your study program. You can pick subjects from another field that will help broaden your knowledge or you can choose to go deeper in your own field.  Elective space can be used to deepen or broaden your engineering knowledge from courses at TU/e.  Furthermore, you can also choose to widen your scope in a broad array of courses provided by the Wageningen, Utrecht University and TU/e alliance program. Elective space can also be utilized to work on challenges with societal and industrial stakeholders in projects at the TU/e Innovation Space.

Furthermore the TU/e community offers ample opportunities to broaden or deepen your interests and skills in various student teams activities      

Final Bachelor's Project

The Final Bachelor's Project is the final process of the bachelor Sustainable Innovation. You independently go through the entire research cycle of a specific socio-technical issue. You devise your own clear research questions, construct a sound research methodology, conduct data collection and analysis, and develop a policy, strategy and/or research recommendations.

More information on the curriculum of the bachelor's program of Sustainable Innovation and the Bachelor's Final Project can be found in the education guidePlease note: the Education Guide is a document that is used as a source of information by current TU/e students, containing detailed, practical information that is important during the course.

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