Business and Economics for a Circular Economy

MicroMasters Business and Economics for a Circular Economy

Learn more about the business and economic aspects of a circular economy, and gain the skills to make the switch to biobased resources and build a sustainable business in the online MicroMasters programme Business and Economics for a Circular Economy.

When you complete all the MOOCs of the programme you can earn a MicroMasters credential that equals up to 18 ECTS. You can use these ECTS for the on-campus Master of Science Biobased Sciences (which normally is a '120 ECTS, 2 year fulltime on-campus programme').

About the MicroMasters programme Business and Economics for a Circular Economy

The world is moving from a linear economy of make-use-dispose to a more sustainable circular one. In this new world, it’s critical to determine if alternative (biobased) resources have the potential to become truly sustainable and economically-viable sources for materials and energy, as well as food production. A company that wants to succeed in this industry must be prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

This MicroMasters programme is intended for those currently working in biobased industries, industries that are transitioning to be more biobased, or non-profit and governmental institutions. In addition to a brief introduction of the technological aspects related to biobased materials and their conversion, the program will focus on the business and economic aspects of the biobased economy. The program emphasizes a systems approach and the various associated tools and methods (e.g. life cycle assessment and agent-based modeling).

Completion of this MicroMasters Programme in Business and Economics for a Circular Economy will provide you with knowledge and tools to analyse the business and economics sides of the switch from fossil to renewable, biobased resources. Upon earning the program certificate, learners will be able to contribute substantially to managerial decision-making, as well as policy development.

What you will learn

  • Understand the basics of biobased materials and their conversion to useful products and services
  • Understand and evaluate technological, business, societal, and economic consequences in the production of biobased products
  • Judge new innovations on their sustainability and business merits
  • Understand the role biofuel policies play in a biobased economy and how they impact markets
  • Apply the circular economy principles to a process or product chain

The programme consists of the following MOOCs

Applying for the on-campus Master Biobased Sciences

If you successfully earn the MicroMasters Credential (a verified certificate for all MOOCs of the MicroMasters programme) and decide to apply for the Master of Science programme Biobased Sciences at Wageningen University & Research (120 ECTS, 2 year full time on campus Programme), you will need to go through the regular admission procedures for MSc students and meet the entry requirements. If you are admitted and would like to be exempted from courses in the MSc programme, you can send a formal waiver request. Campus courses that can be waived (up to 18 credits) are courses that are equivalent to the online courses in the MicroMasters Programme.

Please note: if you're intention is to apply, please start your application procedure as early as possible.

If you have any questions about the On-campus master and/or if you have attented the 'old' MicroMasters (MicroMasters Biobased Sciences for Sustainability/up to 24 ECTS), and like to apply, please contact:

dr.ir. S (Sonja) Isken