Tessa and Jesper studied the major Biobased TeCh together at the Avans University for Applied Sciences in Breda and are now furthering their studies with the MSc Plant Sciences programme. They are following the Biobased specialisation.
Tessa and Jesper both have a broad interest in chemistry, technology, and biology. “We started this year with an adapted MSc Plant Sciences programme, with courses from the upcoming Biobased Sciences master’s,” Jesper says. “I like the interdisciplinary approach since I always found it hard to choose between specialising more towards biology or technology orientated subjects.” The MSc Biobased Sciences programme offers a broad range of subjects to investigate with additional specialisation.
The biobased and circular economy is an upcoming market with a growing demand for biobased professionals. Tessa adds: “At the end of our studies at Avans, the students who weren’t continuing with a master’s degree, all had jobs lined up for them.”
Due to the broad application of biobased sciences in society, students have versatile career options. “Especially large companies are interested in turning their low value rest streams of one product into high end applications for another,” Tessa says. “Often, the implementation of sustainable recycling pathways busts when encountering conservative policies,” Jesper adds. “It is not allowed, for example, to use certain waste streams to produce products for human consumption.”
After being asked why they chose to further their studies at Wageningen University & Research, they both were very clear: “All of our teachers and supervisors wholeheartedly recommended the WUR.” Jesper said that one of his supervisors even jokingly said he’d “break his arms and legs” if he’d chose another university in the Netherlands.