The choice of courses is dependent on the specialisation. Every specialisation has three types of courses: compulsory courses (CS), courses that are restricted optionals (RO1 or RO2, which means choosing one or more courses from a specified list), and courses that can be chosen as optionals (O). With the study adviser you will make a detailed plan of courses for the first year.
The second year is divided into a thesis (36 ECTS) and an internship (24 ECTS). The topics of the thesis and internship should be within the scope of the specialisation.
A thesis is carried out at Wageningen university. You receive individual supervision from a Chair Group staff member. You agree the research topic with your study adviser and your thesis supervisor. You can choose from a range of subjects offered by your department.
Your resulting thesis is graded by your supervisor and another, independent, staff member. You are also required to present your results during a seminar, the ‘colloquium’.
The internship is always outside Wageningen University and can be in any country, at a university, an industry or an institute. Your internship is a unique learning opportunity, where you can apply your academic skills in a professional environment.
The internship is not related to the thesis, but is under supervision of one of the departments in Wageningen.
In period 1,2 and 5 two subjects are taught, generally one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These periods consist of 6 weeks of teaching, followed by one week of self study and one week of exams. The third and fourth period are shorter, 3 weeks, and in these weeks one course is taught blockwise and fulltime. After each period you will have the exam of that course. The sixth period consists of 8 weeks, all students follow the integrated course Product and Process Design.