In the minor Sustainable Energy you study the production and use of energy and materials. You will gain insight in how technological and social developments can affect production and use in the future. Sustainability is an important aspect to be considered. During this minor, you will often take a natural sciences approach, but you will also need to use knowledge and methods from social sciences. This minor is perfect for you if you are a beta sciences student and if you are interested in energy and sustainable development. Students from other faculties are more than welcome to enrol, that is, if you have sufficient knowledge of maths and physics (see entry requirements below).

Entry requirements and planning

There are no entry requirements for this minor but maths and physics at VWO-level is advised. This minor is not available for GSS students.

The minor is taught English with parts in Dutch. It's possible to do only English when the minor is taken (partially) in 2018-2019.

Length minor: Three periods or more. From September 2018 onwards it will be possible to take the minor in one semester.



This minor consists of four courses. This is an amount of 30 credits.


In brackets: level, timeslot


Choice 1 out of 4

Choice 1 out of 5

*: This course will be given for the first time in 2018-2019. Because of this, there is no description for this course in Osiris yet.


Classes mentioned twice are only available once.


You can begin this minor in period 1 with GEO1-2103 Duurzame Ontwikkeling, GEO1-2202 Wiskunde & Systeemanalyse or GEO2-2212 Applied Thermodynamics & Energy Conversions, or in period 3 with GEO1-2203 Physics for Energy & Transport, depending on your previous knowledge of Mathematics and Physics. See also below.

NB 3:

If you do not have a solid backgrond in Physics, it is advised to take GEO1-2202 Wiskunde & Systeemanalyse (1B) and GEO1-2203 Physics for Energy & Transport (3A) before attending GEO2-2212 Applied Thermodynamics & Energy Conversions (1A) and GEO3-2223 Energy Analysis (2C).

NB 4:

From September 2018 onwards it will be possible to take this minor in one semester, but only if you have a solid background in Physics. Your programme will be:

Period 1

Applied Thermodynamics & Energy Conversions (level 2, period 1A)

Choice 1 out of 2:

Duurzame Ontwikkeling (level 1, period 1D)

Sustainable Energy Supply (level 3, period 1C)*

Period 2

Energy Analysis (level 3, period 2C)

Sustainable Resource Use (level 3, period 2A)*

*: Available from September 2018 onwards

NB 5:

Up to September 2016 this minor was called ‘Energie en Duurzame Ontwikkeling’ and the content was slightly different. Students who have started with that minor can contact Pieter Louwman ( to discuss how to complete it.

Energie en duurzame ontwikkeling

Tot september 2016 had deze minor de naam Energie en duurzame ontwikkeling, en waren de keuzeopties iets anders. Als je bent begonnen aan de minor Energie en duurzame ontwikkeling bespreek dan met studieadviseur Pieter Louwman ( hoe je jouw minor kunt afronden.


You are already enrolled as a student at Utrecht University

If you're a student at Utrecht University then you register via Osiris. Please note: you must register for the minor and seperately for each course.

You are a student at another higher education institution

This minor is also available for students studying at a university of applied sciences or at another university.

Please note: this minor is not finalized within one semester.

If you are not from Utrecht University, you register by filling in the form 'keuzevakformulier'. 

Enrollment periodes 2017-2018

Period 1 (courses start 04-09-2017)
Enrolment: Monday 29 May to Sunday 25 June 2017 (inclusive)

Period 2 (courses start 13-11-2017)
Enrolment: Monday 18 September to Sunday 1 October 2017 (inclusive)

Period 3 (courses start 05-02-2018)
Enrolment: Monday 30 October to Sunday 26 November 2017 (inclusive)

Period 4 (courses start 23-04-2018)
Enrolment: Monday 29 January to Sunday 25 February 2018 (inclusive)

If you enrol in these periods you can almost be sure to be accepted in the course of your first choice. If you change your mind later on and want to take another course, or if you forgot to enrol, you have a second chance on the late enrolment days. The choice at that time will however usually be more limited.

Late enrolment days:

Period 1: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August 2017
Period 2: Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October 2017
Period 3: Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January 2018
Period 4: Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April 2018

More information

Study advisor Pieter Louwman can provide you with more information concerning this minor. You can reach him by phone (030) 253 2349 of via e-mail (