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

Aims and target group

The TSD/MSc certificate is meant for all MSc students at the TU/e.  

It is relevant for students who want to contribute to social and environmental sustainability, whether at home or abroad. Negative impacts from conventional economic modernization strategies are becoming ever more obvious and require urgent action, by people working in government, the private sector, and NGOs.

There is a growing demand for scientists and engineers who have an 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. This MSc certificate equips students for a career in this domain, with a global perspective. It trains them to be able to act both in developed and developing countries across the world.

With this certificate the TU/e declares that the owners are also experts of sustainable development within their field of expertise.

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 of 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.

Content

The certificate consists of 20 ECTs worth of courses. Students have to completeat least 10 ECTs on top of their regular course program.

One of the components should take the form of a project, which will count for 5 ECTs. The type of project that can be undertaken is flexible, as long as the orientation is clearly on social and/or environmental sustainability[1]. Suitable projects can be an MSc internship or an MSc thesis project. In due course a dedicated TSD project course may also be offered.
 

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

  • 0EM150 Sustainability Transitions and Responsible Innovation
  • 0EM200 - International Sustainable Development
  • 0EM310 - From Industrial Ecology to Cradle to Cradle
     
    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
  • 1ZM150 - Innovation space project
  • 4EM70 - Sustainable Energy Sources
  • 7QW3M0 - Urban Planet

    And any other MSc course with a clear focus on sustainability. For Inspiration, have a look at the courses promoted in this study guide. This course is subject to approval in advance by the certificate coordinator. For further information please look at the TU/e education guide.
     
    Contact
    Dr. Henny A. Romijn
    TU/e, Atlas Building North 8.404
    H.A.Romijn@tue.nl 

Course planning 2019-2020

Semester A

Semester B

Course codes and titles

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

1CM170 - Sustainable Supply Chains

 

 

 

 

1ZM150 - Innovation Space Project

 

 

 

 

4EM70 - Sustainable Energy Sources

 

 

 

 

7QW3M0 - Urban Planet

 

 

 

 

Project component

 

 

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