Master's Biobased Sciences

The master programme Biobased Sciences focuses on the transition to a circular and sustainable bio-economy. In this interdisciplinary programme you can specialise in biomass production, carbon capture, bioconversion, biorefinery, environmental technology, circular economy, biobased logistics and urban systems engineering. Systems thinking is integrated throughout the programme.

Master Biobased Sciences

Why this programme?

    • Personal and flexible programme and the possibilities to study today‚Äôs developments.
    • Interdisciplinary approach and collaboration between specialisations.
    • Tackle real-life cases in the Academic Consultancy Training-project.

Study programme of Master's Biobased Sciences

The MSc Biobased Sciences is a two-year programme. In the first year you will start with two foundation courses: Principles of Biobased Economy and Circular Economy. These courses focus on important aspects when designing a biobased and/or circular economy. During this year you will also follow the course Academic Consultancy Training. You can choose the other courses in the first year yourself, partly within the specialisation of your choice.

The second year of the master will consist of a master thesis at one of the thesis groups that fits your specialisation and an internship. More information can be found on the page Programme of Biobased Sciences.

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There are three specialisations to choose from. You will develop thorough expertise in one of the three disciplines, and you will gain knowledge about the other two disciplines.

Biomass Production and Carbon Capture

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. Several social, environmental, economic and technical aspects will determine which crops are most suitable for which applications and how you can grow them in the best way.

Biorefinery and Conversion

Focuses on the processing steps needed to produce chemicals, biopolymers, feed or renewable energy from biomass. Engineering is fully integrated with process technology, physical-, organic- and biochemistry, product quality and process requirements. All those fields play an important role when designing a biorefinery.

Biobased and Circular Economy

Focuses on economic aspects to enable the transition from a petrochemical to a biobased and circular economy. This includes resource management, logistics, closing of energy, water and nutrient cycles, policy, biobased business and sustainability analysis methods.

More information about the courses and possibilities for thesis or internship, can be found on the Biobased Sciences specialisations page.

Application and Admission

Interested in the master programme Biobased Sciences? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedure. If you doubt whether you are admissible or not, please feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility. This is free of charge and does not oblige you to anything. We will not check files submitted by email. For scholarship information of Wageningen University and links to others, please check our scholarships page.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about Biobased Sciences and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

What moves me? By reusing materials growth will become sustainable.
Student Jochem

Future Career

What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing this master.


You can also see what this master's programme deals with on the page Compare MSc Biobased Sciences. Or compare this master's with other Master programmes at Wageningen University and Research or the Netherlands.