Press release

Wageningen University & Research to become the first Dutch university to offer online MicroMaster

Published on
September 21, 2016

Earlier today, Wageningen University & Research announced its plans to launch a MicroMaster in Biobased Science for Sustainability. With this online MicroMaster, Wageningen University is offering an online Master's programme to all interested parties. Participants do not have to register with the university to enrol in this programme. This gives working professionals in the biobased the opportunity to expand their knowledge in this field.

Changing labour market

"MicroMaster is a new concept that helps us respond to the changing labour market, which calls for a more flexible approach to learning," says Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus of WUR. “As part of the MicroMaster, we are offering an innovative teaching method that meets the needs of students, universities and professionals in the technology and biobased sector. This programme is particularly interesting for professionals in the biobased sector who would like to brush up on their academic knowledge at a university level without having to enrol in a university programme.”

Online refresher courses or earning credits

A MicroMaster is a modular, online programme that can be taken at the student's own pace and is rewarded with the same number of academic credits (24 ECTS) as on-campus courses. This gives participants who successfully conclude the MicroMaster the opportunity to enrol in a Master's programme on campus and follow courses in their curriculum, if they meet the applicable admission requirements.

The Biobased Sciences for Sustainability MicroMaster consists of five courses, a project and an exam. The first course in the Biobased Sciences for Sustainability MicroMaster will start on 24 January 2017. Registration opened earlier today via

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