Master Biobased Sciences

The MSc Biobased Sciences focuses on the transition from a petrochemical to a biobased society. The programme includes multidisciplinary design of production chains including biomass production, bioconversion, biorefinery and societal, logistic and economic transition processes.

At this moment the specialisations are offered within the MSc Biosystems Engineering, MSc Biotechnology and the MSc Plant Science. As from September 2018 the specialisations will be included in the upcoming MSc Biobased Sciences. The MSc Biobased Sciences will start in September 2018 on condition of approval by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences and accreditation by the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

  • Master Biobased Sciences

New MSc programme coming up in 2018

Programme

MSc Biobased Sciences is a two year programme. The start of the programme is planned in September 2018. Courses can already be followed earlier within specialisations of the MSc Biosystems Engineering, MSc Biotechnology and MSc Plant Sciences.

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Specialisations

Biobased Transition
The specialisation focuses on knowledge of economic and logistic aspects to enable the transition from a petrochemical to a biobased society. In 2017/2018 courses of this specialisation can already be followed within the MSc Biosystems Engineering as specialisation Biobased Transition.

Biorefinery and Conversion
The specialisation focuses on the processing steps, starting from biomass refinery up to the production of chemicals, biopolymers or renewable energy. Engineering is fully integrated with physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry and biology and product quality- and process requirements from the interested party/customer. In 2017/2018 courses of this specialisation can already be followed within the MSc Biotechnology as specialisation Environmental and Biobased Technology.

Biomass Production and Carbon Capture
The specialisation focuses on the knowledge of plant physiology and development, genetics and breeding, and plant biotechnology for biomass production. Biomass can be produced in the field, in greenhouses, in the sea as well as in forests. In 2017/2018 courses of this specialisation can already be followed within the MSc Plant Sciences as specialisation Biomass Production and Carbon Capture.

Future Career

Students are well trained to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary team in a biobased research and development environment as scientist, process engineer or manager. Graduates will have careers in the agrifood business, water companies, energy producers, logistics, governmental and non governmental organisations. They will work in an innovative and emerging market.

Application and Admission

Contingent upon accreditation, the MSc programme Biobased Sciences will be launched in September 2018.

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