"The world is moving from using fossil resources to sustainable biobased ones. In order to be truly sustainable, alternative, biobased resources also need to be economically viable. To be successful, corporations need to be able to navigate the challenges and opportunities in this dynamic field. This MicroMasters program is intended for those currently working in the energy, chemical and biotech industries and seeking to make a shift to more sustainable practices. 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.

Completion of this MicroMasters program in Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability will enable you to discover new resources and help your company make the switch from fossil to renewable, biobased resources.

The only way to obtain the MicroMasters program certificate is to complete and pass all courses in the programme with a verified (paid) certificate. You may browse individual courses for free before deciding to pursue the entire programme. However, some course content is only available to verified learners."

Job Outlook;

  • Careers in industries such as: (bio)chemical industry, agrifood water companies, energy producers, logistics, and related governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Exciting career opportunities for traditionally and newly trained: (bio)chemical engineers, process engineers, supply chain manager, product managers, entrepreneurs, consultants and business developers in a biobased business
  • Research scientist, microbiologist, bioprocess specialist
  • The US biobased products industry contributes $369 Billion and 4 Million jobs to American economy
  • EU employment in the biobased sector accounts for 13.8 million jobs

Real Career Impact;

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"At AkzoNobel, we see the chemical industry plotting a new sustainable course for biobased resources and products. This change requires updated skills and expertise. Following this MicroMasters Program will help you navigate these novel waters."
— Dr. Peter J. Nieuwenhuizen , BA RD&I Director Specialty Chemicals, AkzoNobel

What You'll Learn;

  • Understand the challenges of switching from a fossil source-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


What is a MicroMasters Program?
"MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree."

How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate;
"To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all three MicroMasters program courses, as well as the capstone."

From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree;
"MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.

If you successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate and decide to apply to the Master of Science programme Biobased Sciences at Wageningen University & Research (120 ECTS, 2 year full time on campus programme), you will need to go through the regular admission procedures for MSc students and meet the entry requirements.

If you are admitted and would like to be exempted from courses in the MSc programme, you can send a formal waiver request. Campus courses that can be waived (up to 18 credits) are courses that are equivalent to the online courses in the MicroMasters programme."