Sustainable Innovation, B.Sc.


You will analyze what is needed for consumers and firms to adopt these technologies and how policymakers can speed up the transition to a sustainable society. Furthermore, you’ll learn to place recent developments and discussions about sustainability in a long-term perspective, and you’ll see how national and global developments are related. In the multidisciplinary program, you will combine social science courses such as Sustainable Technology in Society, Economics of Innovation and Sustainable Development in a global context with science and engineering courses in one of two specializations: Sustainable Energy or Sustainability in the built environment. The programme is offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Society and technology

Students of the Sustainable Innovation program are trained to use technology to solve societal issues, to strengthen welfare and well-being in the world. Just a few examples are:

  • the position of the Netherlands in the European sustainable energy market
  • the design of smart homes and electricity grids
  • technological innovation in developing countries, such as biofuels in India
  • assessing the pros and cons of new technologies, such as underground CO2 storage
  • identifying societal issues in relation to new technologies such as electric cars


This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Technical specialization

In the Sustainable Innovation major you can choose a technology specialization: Sustainable Energy (Dutch) or Sustainability in the built environment (English) with your own technology package of four courses which have to be completed in full during the Bachelor’s program. The language of communication of the major courses is English. The technical specialization courses are given in Dutch or English, depending on the specialization you choose. 

Elective courses

A quarter of the Bachelor’s program consists of elective courses that you can choose yourself. These allow you to change the emphasis in your program. You can opt to broaden your knowledge by following courses in a different specialization, or alternatively you can gain more in-depth knowledge in your in your own specialization. The optional electives available in the Sustainable Innovation program are in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Smart buildings and Cities
  • Innovation Management
  • Technology for Sustainable Development
  • Psychology & Technology

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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  • application overview (part of the online application form) 
  • Certified copies* of diplomas and grade lists from your secondary education. The documents must be authorized with original stamps and signatures. 
    If you do not yet have your final grades and school diploma, please send your most recent list of grades. These must be certfied copies or original documents.
  • If your diploma and grade list are not available in English, Dutch or German, please included an authenticated translation with your application documents.
  • Proof of language proficiency in Dutch and/or English (depending on the language of the chosen TU/e Bachelor’s program).

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  • Proof that you have transfered the application fee
  • Copy of your passport.
  • Curriculum vitae.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10000 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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