Environmental Technology (ETE)

Environmental Technology (ETE) develops and evaluates innovative environmental technologies and concepts based on processes from nature, to recover and reuse essential components and maintain and create a viable environment.

More about this thesis track

Research Focus

Our research is divided into three themes:

1. Biorecovery

Residual streams of cities, industries, agriculture and mines become increasingly attractive as a source of energy, metals, and minerals. Our research focuses on bio-based technologies for recovery of valuable components from these sources in the form of fuels, electricity, sulphur, copper, and phosphate.

2. Resuable water

Water shortage threatens billions of people. Reuse and protection of our water resources are essential. Our research focuses on removal and recovery of salts, nutrients, pathogens and micropollutants from water.

3. Urban System Engineering

Scale and speed of urbanization leads to new challenges for our urban services. Closed resource cycles are necessary. Our research focuses on development of sustainable concepts and technologies for urban water, sanitation, waste and energy management.

Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Environmental Technology group.


The following courses are part of the MSc programme Environmental Sciences when selecting the thesis track Environmental Technology. Besides these courses, for the common part of the programme several supporting courses are available which have to be taken if your study adviser deems it necessary (these are not listed in the table below, but summarized in the programme outline). Also, there is room for optional subjects which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your knowledge on a topic in your specialisation. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

The common part
Subject Code Period* Phase
Environmental Quality and Governance ENP-35806 2AF, 5AF M1
General Safety ** ZSS06000 M1
Fieldwork Safety ** ZSS06200 M1
Compulsory unless your study advisor advises otherwise:
Principles of Environmental Sciences ESA-20806 1AF, 4WD M1
Research Methodology in Environmental Science YRM-20306 1MO, 2MO M1
Restricted optional: select one out of these four options ***
Research Master Cluster: Proposal Writing YWU60312
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA-60312 1WD, 6WD M1
Environmental Education and Learning for Sustainability and Teaching, Learning and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development ELS-31806+ ELS-32806 6WD M1
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) **** YMC-60809 1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD,6WD M1
Minors (optional)
Environmental Education
Environmental Communication

Thesis track-related subjects
Subject Code Period* Phase
Laboratory safety ** ZSS06100
MSc Internship Environmental Technology ETE-70424 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
MSc Thesis Environmental Technology ETE-80436 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
Compulsory unless advised otherwise
Fundamentals of Environmental Technology ETE-24804 2MO M1
Introductory Thermodynamics A PCC-21802 2MO M1
Restricted optional: select (at least) two
Environmental Electrochemical Engineering ETE-35306 5MO M1
Processes for Water Treatment and Reuse ETE-30806 5AF M1
Biological Processes for Resource Recovery ETE-30306 4WD M1
* MO = morning; AF= afternoon; WD = whole day
** e-learning
*** The restricted optional subjects have to be selected in consultation and agreement with the study adviser.
**** To get the list of the skills courses, go to Osiris Course Catalogue, select “courses’ in the green menu bar. On the left side (grey area) click “Modular Skills Training Course (MOS)” and check the box “Yes, this is a Modular Skills Training courses”
This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule might look like:

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