24 months
17616 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
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The Biobased Sciences programme from Wageningen University and Research focuses on the transition from a petrochemical to a biobased and circular economy. 

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This master zooms in on four main aspects to come to a sustainable transition: economic, technical, social and environmental aspects. The programme is interdisciplinary. It includes both biomass production, bioconversion, biorefinery and societal, logistic and economic transition processes.

The Biobased Sciences programme from Wageningen University and Research 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.

Future career - Biobased Sciences

Students are well trained to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary team in a biobased research and development environment as a scientist, process engineer or manager. Graduates will have careers in the agrifood business, water companies, energy producers, logistics, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Programme Structure


  • Biomass Production and Carbon Capture
  • Biorefinery and Conversion
  • Biobased and Circular Economy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application via Studielink will open in October.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Students with a completed bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or quantitatively-orientated social sciences (such as economics, management, logistics) are admissible. 

For admission to the MSc programme, applicants are expected to submit the same documents as for other programmes.

You are expected to have:

  • A BSc degree (or equivalent) in biotechnology, (molecular) biology, biochemistry, life sciences, chemical engineering, plant sciences, animal sciences, environmental science and technology, agrotechnology, management and consumer sciences, industrial or systems engineering, economics and policy, or comparable.
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 70% of the relevant maximum grade.

The pre-education determines the most suitable and realistic specialisation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17616 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17616 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wageningen

700 - 800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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