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

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. Reusable 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. Next to these thesis specific courses, you will follow courses from the common part and electives as summarized in the programme outline. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

Thesis track-related subjects
Subject Code
One e-learning is compulsory in order to work safely at Wageningen University (0 ECTS):
Laboratory safety ZSS06100
MSc Internship Environmental Technology ETE70224
MSc Thesis Environmental Technology ETE80436
Compulsory unless your study adviser indicates differently:
Fundamentals of Environmental Technology ETE24804
Introductory Thermodynamics A PCC21802
Restricted optional: Select at least two
Environmental Electrochemical Engineering ETE35306
Processes for Water Treatment and Reuse ETE30806
Biological Processes for Resource Recovery ETE30306

In order to prepare well for your thesis track, you can additionally choose supporting courses. These courses focus, for example, on quantitative and data sciences or laboratory skills. You can find the exact list in the study handbook at the section “Restricted Optionals (2) in Common part”.

This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook, where you can find a more detailed course and programme description. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule might look like for your whole study programme:

MSc Environmental Sciences - Environmental Technology