Programme of Biobased Sciences

The two-year master's programme Biobased Sciences prepares the graduate to be able to assess opportunities and challenges of the biobased economy from an interdisciplinary perspective.

In the first year you will start with two foundation courses followed by a specialisation, free optional courses and Academic Consultancy Training. In the second year you will do your internship and write your master's thesis.


The graduate develops expertise in one of the three disciplines:

Based on this, you will be able to research and develop robust biobased concepts, products, or processes and consider their technical, economic, and societal sustainability.

Courses can already be followed earlier within specializations of the MSc Biosystems EngineeringMSc Biotechnology and MSc Plant Sciences.

First year

The first year begins with a joint start of two foundation courses with the emphasis on circular material flows, followed by one of the three specialisations and space for optional courses for personalisation; a so-called “T-shaped” profile. The first year is also comprised of an Academic Consultancy Training, in which teams of students from the different specialisations will be formed to tackle a provided case.

First year programme

Foundation courses

Principles of Biobased Economy

This foundation course is about understanding what it takes to create and implement a biobased product, away from fossil resources, within a profitable business model. Following Principles of Biobased Economy makes sure all students from different disciplines are able to understand and communicate with each other.

Circular Economy

In this foundation course, a systems approach is taken to the circular economy, considering different stakeholder perspectives, their incentive structures, and their impacts on circular alternatives. Solutions will be identified by technological assessment using applied as well as emerging technologies. Life cycle assessment and agent-based modelling are used as well.

Second year

The second year will involve an internship at a host organisation outside Wageningen University & Research and a thesis at one of the Chair Groups, in which students must include a part that extends into one of the other specialisations.

Second year programme