Why this programme?
As the planet is running out of fossil fuels, alternative resources for materials and plastics need to be identified and developed. We need a new generation of scientists to discover new materials and sustainable production methods that make use of biological resources. This provides an opportunity for the development of novel materials with completely new material properties. The master’s programme in Biobased Materials allows you to play a part in this revolution, preparing you for a career in the research, development, production and application of biobased materials.
International academic community
As a Biobased Materials student, you'll be part of an intellectual community in which staff and students together create a learning environment that fosters the desire to learn and develop. Our location at Chemelot also creates the possibility for close contact with local companies and research institutes that are becoming part of this community through our work together.
As 2015/16 is the programme's innaugural year, we have a small group of students that come from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, China, Bulgaria and Trinidad. It's easy to get to know your fellow students and professors, and the richness of their diverse backgrounds adds to the discussions you'll have both inside and outside of class.
Ties with ongoing research
The curriculum of this master’s programme is developed in close collaboration with the Biobased Materials department of Maastricht University’s Faculty of Humanities and Sciences. The researchers of this department comprise a multidisciplinary group that focuses on the development of novel biobased materials and their production techniques. The Biobased Materials education and research programme are aligned with the Biobased Materials development chain, which demonstrates the multidisciplinary nature of this field of study.
Tailored to you
In the Biobased Materials programme, you'll play a central role in shaping your own education. With four compulsory courses and six electives, you have plenty of room to choose your own set of courses that fit your specific interests and career ambitions. You can choose from courses on subjects like plant-derived materials, macromolecular/polymer chemistry, materials science and biomedical materials.