Smart Buildings and Cities from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a two-year post-master technological designer program. The SB&C program wants to contribute to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities where quality of life is high. This transition requires new solutions which can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches.


The Smart Buildings and Cities from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) consists of two main parts. Half of the program consists of post-master level education in the form of courses and design projects about design methods, entrepreneurship and professional skills. 

Furthermore, it includes several technical courses about topics relevant to SB&C. This part of the program also offers ample opportunity to develop professional skills. The other half of the program is dedicated to an individual design project in collaboration with a company. 

During this design project the trainee is supported by an advisor from the company and an advisor from the university. A business plan for implementation or marketing of the designed product or process is part of the final deliverables.

The SB&C program trains excellent and highly motivated MSc graduates to become highly qualified technological designers. 

After the two year program our trainees are technological designers with a broad technological understanding of the disciplines relevant to SB&C (architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, building physics and services and ICT), who excel in their own discipline and who are able to work in multidisciplinary design teams, contribute to design issues outside their own core disciplines, integrate different technologies into new products and concepts, and who understand the commercial aspects of these innovative products and concepts. 

The trainee receives a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng degree) after finishing the program successful.


A graduate of the post-master designer program SB&C will have gained knowledge and skills in the field of smart buildings and cities. He/she is able to approach a problem from a multidisciplinary perspective and come up with an innovative, realistic solution, supported by a solid business plan.

He or she will be able to:
  • seek opportunities for new products, coordinate the design and development of these products
  • link various industries so as to achieve the required technological integration
  • stimulate or initiate the successful introduction of innovations in the market. A graduate should be able to start a new business, initially with - for example - the support from the Innovation Lab of the Eindhoven University of Technology, or completely by their own efforts.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The following focus areas or themes for the Smart Buildings & Cities (SB&C) program and its design projects are defined (based on the research areas of TU/e’s Smart Cities program):

A carbon neutral city
  • Designing intelligent and energy efficient building components.
  • Designing building concepts aimed at intelligent use of (as less as possible) fossil fuel.
  • Designing and implementing renewable energy generation in the built environment.
  • Designing intelligent networks aimed at matching supply and demand of energy.
A climate proof, nature-based city
  • Designing buildings and cities that mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Designing buildings and cities based on the principles of the circular economy.
  • Designing buildings and cities that promote healthy living.
A city with autonomous vehicles
  • Designing a infrastructure for autonomous vehicles.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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