MSc. Certificate 'Technology for Sustainable Development' (TSD/MSc.)

New TU/e MSc Certificate “Technology for Sustainable Development” (TSD/MSc)

Final version 03-11-2016

(subject to official approval by the Education Administration

& Examination Committee of IE&IS)

 1.       Background

After the start of the TU/e Graduate School in academic year 2015-16, in which almost all the master education was recast from 3 ects courses into larger 5 ects courses, a need arose for a new MSc certificate programme addressing issues of technology & innovation for sustainable development.

2.       Aims and target group

The new certificate will start in 2016-17 and it is meant for all MSc students at the TU/e.

The new MSc certificate programme in Technology for Sustainability is relevant for students who want to contribute to socially and environmentally sustainable development, whether at home or abroad. Negative impacts from conventional economic modernization strategies are becoming ever more obvious and they require urgent action, by people working in government, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations alike. These organisations are looking increasingly to hire young people with initiative and drive who have the awareness and the skills to work towards achieving a transition towards more sustainable development. There is a special role for technical specialists who are well aware of the methods for integrating sustainability aspects in the research and design processes in their own field of expertise.

This MSc certificate equips students for a career in this domain. It takes an international perspective.  In today’s world, the required expertise of engineers working for multinationals, non-governmental organisations, engineering consultancy companies, social enterprises, or international institutions keeps expanding geographically, embracing emerging economies, former Eastern European countries, and poor countries in Africa. There is a growing demand for scientists and engineers who have awareness of how sustainability problems play out in different socio-economic and cultural environments, and who have the skills to address these problems in diverse settings and perform well in multidisciplinary project teams.

Students who choose certain courses and projects in the field of sustainability and environment for a total of 20 ects will receive the TSD/MSc certificate together with their Master of Science diploma. With the certificate the TU/e declares that the owners are also experts of sustainable development within their field of expertise.

3.       Competencies / learning outcomes

The TSD/MSc certificate shows that you:

·        are familiar with, and can reflect on the key environmental and social challenges that are occurring in a variety of socio-economic and cultural contexts, and understand their major causes and impacts

·        can identify important environmental and social exclusion problems and major research areas within your own field of expertise concerning sustainable technology;

·        are aware about common limitations of science & engineering-driven “solutions” for sustainability problems, and know how to avoid such dead ends;

·        have mastered sound management approaches for working towards the solution of these challenges in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, such as participative stakeholder governance and responsible innovation;

·        are capable of integrating aspects of environment and social inclusiveness in innovation design processes in your own field of expertise;

·        recognize the multidisciplinary character of sustainable technology;

·        are capable of working in multidisciplinary teams.


4.       Content / Requirements 

The certificate consists of 20 ects in total. Students have to complete at least 10 ects on top of their regular course programme. The following requirements must be met: 

a. At least two core courses have to be chosen out of the following three (all are 5 ects):

  • 0EM150 Sustainability Transitions and Responsible Innovation, Verbong a.o.

  • 0EM200 International Sustainable Development. Romijn, Hoffken, Kumar

  • 0EM310 From Industrial Ecology to Cradle-to-Cradle, Kirkels, Sutrisno 

b. Other suitable courses (all 5 ects) are:

  • 0EM140 Energy, economy and society

  • 0LM130 Ethics and the Risk Society

  • 0HM260 Environmental Psychology

  • 1CM170 Sustainable Supply chains

  • 4EM70 Sustainable Energy Sources

  • 7QW9M0 Urban Green Strategies

  • Any other MSc course with a clear focus on sustainability[1], to be chosen from a list of courses compiled by GoGreen, but subject to approval in advance by the certificate coordinator.  

c. One of the courses should take the form of a project, which will count for 5 ects towards the certificate requirements. The type of project that can be undertaken is flexible, as long as the orientation is clearly on social and/or environmental sustainability. Suitable projects can be an MSc internship or an MSc thesis project. In due course a dedicated TSD project course (5 ects, with new course code) may also be offered.  

4.    Contact

H.A.Romijn, IPO 2.17  tel 4754.

5.       Course planning 2016-17


Semester A

Semester B

Course codes and titles










0EM150 Sustainability Transitions and Responsible Innovation





0EM200 International Sustainable Development





0EM310 From Industrial Ecology to Cradle to Cradle





0EM140 Energy, economy and society





0LM130 Ethics and the Risk Society





0HM260 Environmental Psychology





1CM65 Green Supply Chains





4EM70 Sustainable Energy Sources





7QW9M0 Urban Green Strategies





Other course from the GoGreen list; choice subject to advance approval by certificate coordinator





Project component



[1] Subject to approval in advance by the certificate coordinator.

[2] Either the course as a whole will be upgraded from its current 2nd BSc level to BSc 3rd level, or a separate variant at BSc 3rd level will be offered.