BCT-34324 Micromaster Biobased Sciences for Sustainability


Credits 24.00

Teaching methodContact hours
E-learning material0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. S Isken
Examiner(s)prof. dr. JH Bitter

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Bachelor in Engineering, Life Sciences or Economy.

Continuation courses:

Master Biobased Sciences.


The world is moving from using fossil resources to sustainable biobased resources. In this new world, it’s critical to determine if alternative biobased resources have the potential to become truly sustainable and economically viable. For companies in this industry, it’s important to know the challenges that lie ahead. This MicroMasters programme is intended for those currently working in the energy, chemical and biotech industries. It will focus on the use of chemical and biotechnological approaches for the production of energy-carriers, polymers, chemical building blocks and materials from renewable resources and waste streams.The content of this micromaster is covered by campus courses of the master biobased sciences. The micromaster cannot be combined with those courses. Students enrolled at Wageningen University follow the campus version. The micromaster contains 5 MOOCs and a final capstone.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this micromaster graduates are able to:
- understand the challenges of switching from a fossil fuel based economy to a biobased economy;
- understand how to identify suitable raw materials and create valuable new products;
- learn how to refine biomass without damaging its valuable components;
- perform a functional analysis of potential methods that can be used for refining a resource;
- learn how to efficiently convert biobased feedstocks into desired products;
- evaluate technological, ethical, societal and economic consequences in the production of biobased products;
- judge new innovations on their sustainability and business merits;
- apply the circular economy principles to a process or product chain.


Follow online 5 MOOC's on a. Biorefinery: from biomass to building blocks of biobased products; b. catalytic conversions for biobased chemicals and products; c. From Fossil Resources to Biomass: a buisness and economic perspective;  d. Circular Economy: an interdisciplinary approach including the final examination and complete a capstone project (Capstone chemistry and technology for sustainability).


Digital interim examination at the end of each MOOC and report, presentation and final oral examination at the end of the capstone project. All part have to be passed. The final mark is the average of the marks for the capstone report, presentation and examination.


Digital MOOC material available via edeX; see https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/online-education/MOOC/MicroMasters.htm.

Restricted Optional for: MBSBiobased SciencesMSc1,2,3,4,5,6