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What will I learn?

Have you ever wondered how plastics will be made once the oil supply dries up? Is it possible to produce functional materials and plastics from biological resources? Can novel, sustainable materials be produced based on the molecular structures available in nature? As the world is running out of fossil fuels, we need to develop sustainable materials, which may have completely new properties. The master’s in Biobased Materials will provide you with the knowledge and skills to deal with these challenges. It will prepare you for a career in research, development, production and application of biobased materials, allowing you to play a part in the transition towards a more sustainable future.

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 Bio-based Materials allows you to play a part in this revolution, preparing you for a career in the research, development, production and application of bio-based materials.

As a Bio-based 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.

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.

Programme highlights

As a student of the master's programme in Biobased Materials, you'll enjoy:

  • a multi-disciplinary programme
  • an open curriculum that allows you to build your own programme
  • a novel way of learning materials science at the master’s level, using Problem-Based Learning and Research-Based Learning
  • direct links to the local industry involved in research and development
  • a clear connection to highly relevant developments within science, industry and society
  • classes at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, next to one of the largest chemical and materials sites in Europe
  • state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
  • a curriculum that focuses on the development of both knowledge and skills
  • opportunities to meet potential future employers on-site or in the region

A major challenge in the transition towards a biobased society is the development of biobased alternatives for materials that are currently used as well as the development of new sustainable materials. Consequently, biobased materials are an important focal point in materials science research.

Universities, research institutes and businesses are joining forces to develop and implement biobased materials in society. There is a growing demand for experts in this field, so the career prospects for our graduates are promising. The multidisciplinary master's in Biobased Materials prepares you for career opportunities at: universities, businesses: R&D, research institutes, governmental institutions, environmental organisations, consultancy firms, start-up companies and NGOs.

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,72,549) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Brightlands Chemelot Campus

Urmonderbaan 22,



6167, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are eligible for admission to the master’s programme International Laws if you have a Dutch university bachelor’s degree in: European Law School, Dutch Law, or Tax law. You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law. English language requirements: IELTS (minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (minimum score overall 90 & writing 25, or an overall score of minimum 100); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184)].

For international students

You are eligible for admission if you have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and 10-15 ECTS (or equivalent) in mathematics at bachelor level is recommended.

Relevant fields are:

  • Biological studies relevant to the field of bio based materials
  • Chemistry
  • Polymer science and engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Other bachelor programmes related to chemistry and/ or materials
  • Bachelor programmes related to or containing (bio)chemistry and/or material science

The required scores are:

  • IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5
  • TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 575
  • TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90
  • TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 232

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