Specialization Bioresources

The Specialization year of the SET master programme - Bioresource Value Chain Management track


The specialization Bioresource Value Chain Management (BVM) will provide the education to manage, optimize and innovate bioresource supply chains in European regional contexts and to optimize resource utilization within the framework of a Bio-Economy. The aim of the program is to scientifically educate professionals to analyze, develop, manage and innovate existing and new bioresource value chains in an European regional context. The curriculum is multidisciplinary combining knowledge and skills of biology, chemical and mechanical engineering, business development and economics and supply chain management and innovation.

After successful completion of the SET-BVM master programme, the graduate will have gained knowledge and skills to design and develop the path towards a bioeconomy in Europe.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be able to manage and lead the transition to a bio-economy in Europe and the world. The SET-BVM graduate will take this challenge by initiating and developing new value chains out of local bioresources and turn these into sustainable economic value for regions. Their job can be part of an industry and public or private bio-organizations devoted to and working on the development of a sustainable bio-economy.

Learn more about the biobased economy.

Overview of the specialization year

The first part of the BVM specialization year is devoted to specialization courses (quartile 1 and 2). You will deepen your knowledge on bioresource value chains, economics, management and business development. The teaching approach is problem oriented, implying teaching with real-life cases as much as possible in collaboration with industry. As part of the teaching modules, students are also encouraged to participate in international summer schools on bio-engineering topics. In the second part of the specialization year (quartile 3 and 4) the master assignment is carried out in collaboration with industry in the Netherlands or abroad. The thesis research is innovative, industry driven and adds to industrial or regional bio-based developments. Thesis topics combine a resource, technology, economic and chain orientation.

Quartile 1:  Bioresource Economics and Management

15 EC

(Regional) Economics of Bioresources

5 EC

Bioresource Buisiness Development and Management

5 EC

Bioresource Value Chain Optimization

5 EC

Quartile 2:  Bioresource Value Chain Optimization

15 EC

Sustainable Bioresource Supply Chain Management

5 EC

Capita Selecta on Bioresources or Conversion Technologies

5 EC

Integrative Business Project

5 EC

Quartile 3 & 4:  Master Thesis Assignment  

30 EC

Research project in collaboration with industry

30 EC

International collaboration

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SET-BVM has been developed by a consortium of European universities and industries united in eseia and with support of the EU Horizon 2020 program. SET-BVM addresses the future need of new generations of experts able to lead the sustainable energy transition in Europe as addressed SET-Plan Education.

The eseia consortium offers international opportunities for collaboration with industry for your master thesis research. See also the website of eseia.

Information and contact

If you require more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Maarten Arentsen Dr.
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