Circular Engineering

To ensure a healthy planet and strong economy for current and future generations, a transition to a circular economy is needed. A circular economy is characterised by a system of closed loop processes. Ideally no waste is created, renewable energy sources are used, and raw materials, components and products retain their value. This transition asks for innovative engineering solutions that require a new way of thinking.

Do you get excited when facing a technical challenge? Do you want to contribute to the transition to a circular economy? Then the unique new Maastricht bachelor's programme in Circular Engineering is the perfect choice for you: the engineer of the future. The bachelor Circular Engineering combines a rigid engineering foundation with in-depth knowledge and skills in one of three engineering concentrations, while focussing on sustainability throughout the curriculum. These three concentrations are:

Throughout the curriculum, there are strong interactions with industry, especially at the Brightlands campuses.

  • Circular Chemical Engineering
  • Sustainable Biotechnology
  • Engineering Physics for Sustainable Manufacturing

You can tailor your curriculum to your own needs, interests and career goals, by using the open curriculum space in the second year to select from a large range of electives, by taking on engineering projects and internships of your choice and by choosing one of the concentrations in the third year. By approaching problems from various disciplinary perspectives, you develop technical solutions for society and industry to address existing and future challenges.


  • Circular Engineering

    Circular Engineering: at the intersection of sustainability and technology

    Friday, July 8, 2022

    This academic year, Maastricht University launched the bachelor’s in Circular Engineering. New programme director Gavin Phillips and first-year students Maria el Kadi and Lea Dratwa discuss the how and why of this degree, which will help students to address existing as well as future sustainability challenges.

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  • Yvonne van der Meer

    In the bio-economy, circularity goes further than just recycling

    Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    Plastics, made from plants? The bio-based economy makes it possible. It is the field of study of Yvonne van der Meer, professor of Sustainability of Chemicals and Materials. 

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  • Kim Ragaert

    A second chance for plastic

    Wednesday, April 6, 2022

    If we were to replace plastic with paper or glass, would the environment benefit? Surprisingly, no, says professor of Circular Plastics Kim Ragaert. She is calling for an alternative approach aimed at increasing awareness of and knowledge about recycling.

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  • 9.6 million Euros boost to transition to a circular economy

    9.6 million Euros boost to transition to a circular economy

    Thursday, February 24, 2022

    The new international research and demonstration project SYSCHEMIQ is receiving a €9.6 million financial boost from the European Union’s Horizon Green Deal program. The program is intended to facilitate the systemic transition to a circular economy in the region.

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  • Yvonne van der Meer

    “How sustainable is it? That is the question”

    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Professor Yvonne van der Meer is investigating how companies can improve the sustainability of their products. She analyses every material, exposing the lifecycle in its entirety.

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  • plasmalab

    New plasmalab enables sustainable future for chemical industry

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 Read more
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    More efficient carbon dioxide splitting for sustainable fuels

    Friday, July 30, 2021

    Using renewable electricity and carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced as a source of sustainable fuels. Researchers from DIFFER and Maastricht University have discovered how to do this in a potentially more efficient way.

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  • ‘A new way of thinking’

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    In the new bachelor’s program, Circular Engineering, students learn how to design production processes in different industries as circularly as possible.

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  • Circular Engineering

    Last call to become the engineer of the future!

    Monday, May 3, 2021

    The application deadline for the BSc Circular Engineering has been extended! For EU/EEA-students, you can now apply up to and including 1 August 2021.

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  • Engineer of the future brings green chemistry a step closer

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) at Maastricht University (UM) will begin offering a new bachelor's programme in ‘Circular Engineering’ in September 2021. This course will provide in a new kind of engineer, trained not just in one field, but in a wide variety of disciplines.

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  • Problem-Based Learning and engineering education: a perfect match
    Carla Koopman, Associate Prof. Circular Chemical Engineering
  • Research and education into circular thinking and sustainability are important themes
    Thomas Cleij, Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Sustainable Innovation needs Circular Engineers
    Gus van der Feltz, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Blue Plasma
  • Brightsite, transforming industry towards a sustainable future
    Arnold Stokking, Managing Director Brightsite