Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology

Structure of the programme

Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology (ESSET) is a four-year Bachelor of Applied Sciences programme taught in English. Each year has a different focus. The academic year is divided into 4 quarters, with each quarter lasting 10 weeks.

The ESSET programme is currently being improved to accommodate the development of 2 study tracks. Please be aware that the table below is subject to change and suitable only as a general reference to the content of the programme.

Foundation phase

The first year focuses on basic skills. Like maths, chemistry, physics and biology. And on language and (intercultural) communication skills. We also introduce the main environmental issues. In the second year, you do advanced coursework and work on complex projects. New environmental areas of interest are introduced, like biodiversity, bio-based economy and climate change. In quarter 3 you choose your track: Sustainable Energy & Resource Recovery or Water management, Ecology & Climate Change.

Advanced phase

In the third year, you do a work placement and take the track-specific specialisation. The work placement can vary, from working for an environmental consultancy to doing research at an institute. In your fourth year, you can take the minor Biobased Technology & Business Development, Disruptive Events or a minor in another programme within Avans or our partner universities. During the second half of the year, you complete your graduation assignment within a company, agency or organisation.

Course overview

1-year subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Environmental chemistry I x
Laboratory skills I x
Study supervision & self-development x x x x
Project: Carbon management x
Applied mathematics x
Introduction to environmental sciences x
Intercultural communication x
Laboratory skills II x
Project: Water quality x
Cell biology x
Writing skills x
Water treatment x
Calculus x
Project: Residues2Resources x
Microbiology x
Environmental chemistry II x
Sustainable energy x
Presentation skills x
Microbiology practical x
Ecology x
Fieldwork x
Project: Air quality x
Introduction to policy analysis/Inleiding bestuursrecht x
Air pollution x
Bio-Organic chemistry x
2-year subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Climate change x
Study supervision & self-development x x x x
Project: Soil quality x
Physical transport phenomena x
Geographical information systems (GIS) x
Soil science x
Sustainability and Society x
Investment decisions x
Lifecycle analysis x
Project: Resource management in circular economy x
Water management x
Preparation for internship x
Environmental technology x
Environmental impact assessment x
Environmental dynamic modelling x
Semester project: Climate resilient cities or Zero emission factory x x
Writing skills 2 x
International environmental law/omgevingsrecht x
Ecotoxicology x
Statistics x
3-year subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Internship x x
Track-specific environmental consultancy specialisation x x
4-year subjects
Subjects Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Biobased Technology and Business Development minor or Disruptive Events minor or Individual profile minor (exchange) x x
Graduation project x x

Additional course overview information

Through several projects and courses, you will learn about sustainable energy techniques, their suitability in specific situations, bio-based waste management, environmental pollution and cleanup technology, cost-benefit analyses, stakeholder analyses and also environmental policy and law. Given the international character of the student group, you will learn about these subjects in relation to different parts of the world.