The basic subject 'Technology and Sustainability

Future engineers, both researchers and designers, can have a major impact on the future of society. They are at the basis of new technological developments and applications. Nowadays, the environmental impact is becoming increasingly important in all stages of design, research and production. Therefore, students have to learn how to deal with environmental aspects during the whole design process and how to evaluate these aspects in relation to technical and social aspects. In the introductory course Technology and Sustainability, students will acquire the necessary knowledge in the field of sustainable development and environmental problems on the basis of case studies and the standard work.

You van attend the following variants of the ontroductory course: 

Basic subjects
CodeCourse nameECTS
0C900Technology for sustainable development (ENG)3
0C601Technology for sustainable development (ENG)3

Multidisciplinary Project Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is an area in which several fields of expertise converge. Problems in the field of sustainable development cannot be solved by looking from one discipline only. It is therefore important for students to learn to work together with students of other faculties in order to solve such a real-world problem. For the TDO-certificate it is obligatory to participate in a multidisciplinary project (MDP) sustainable development or an equivalent interfaculty project (IFP) of at least 6 ECTS.

Each year the Technology and Sustainability Studies (TSS) group organizes several multidisciplinary projects that provide students of different faculties the opportunity to tackle a real-world problem in the field of sustainable development. Often the subjects for these projects are supplied by an external ‘client’, which ensures a high real-world factor in the assignment. A project team consists of four to seven students of at least two different faculties. Projects start every semester. Mail the TSS secretariat or visit for information on possible assignments.

In some cases the TDO multidisciplinary project can replace a similar project of your own faculty. The other way around is also possible: the project of your own faculty can replace the TDO MDP. The condition still holds that the project should be in the field of TDO. Reports must be handed in at TSS for judgment.

The following course can be attended:
0C706 - Multidisciplinairy project sustainable development (8 ECTS) 


The courses that include the TDO-certificate are listed below per category and per faculty. To obtain the certificate, you have to attend at least one policy course and two technical courses, of which you attend at least one at another faculty.

Courses besides the list of elective courses

Some subjects that are not in this list, such as a project or an internship, but that are carried out in the field of TDO, could count for the certificate. Reports of these internships or projects should be handed in at TDO for judgment.

Also subjects of other universities could be included in the certificate. Of course, it is required that these credits are approved by your own education. Furthermore, the student has to be able to show a study guide or a reader in order to evaluate the content of the subject.

Policy Courses

Choose at least one policy course out of the following list 

Policy Courses
Code Course nameECTS
0C903Energy and consumer3
0C940System innovations and strategic nichemanagement3
0C941System innovation: governance of transitions3
0C943Reflections on sustainability3
0C944Development patterns of energy systems4
OEM72Energy and economy3
OPM10Novel technologies and human behavior6

Technical courses

Choose at least two technological courses of which you attend at leat one at another faculty: 

Technical Courses
CodeCourse nameECTSDepartment
0LM11Energy analysis for industry and the built environment3IE&IS
0LM12From industrial ecology to cradle-to-cradle 3IE&IS
3F011Fusion on the back of an envelope 4TN 
3P250Energy and sustainability 3TN
3SE25Solar cells 4TN
3SE28Thin film techologies for photovoltaics 1TN

Fundamentals of Systematic Low Noise Design

4M050Design for heat and flow3W
4P510Renewable Energy Sources 3W
4P570Energy Conversion3W
4P720Wind Energy4W
4S610Energy from Biomass4W
5EE20Inleiding elektriciteitsvoorziening3EE
5EE40Electrical power engineering and system integration4EE
5N510Decentral Power Generation4EE
5PS10Environment and Power Engineering 3EE
6BO01DBL Sustainable Energy 4ST
6SE15Hydrogen Technology4ST
6SE25Energy: sources, carriers and storage BST
7S410Gebouwprestatie simulatieB
7S620Durability aspects of building materials 3B
7S750State of the art in building performance simulation for integrated solution3B
7S815Design of sustainable energy systems for the built environment3B
7T644Sustainable building technology design3B
7Y400Design methodology3B
7Y700Sustainable building systems 3B