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The master's programme Biosystems Engineering focuses on the development of technology for the production, processing and storage of food and agricultural non-food, management of the rural area, renewable resources and agro-industrial production chains. In all cases it concerns innovation and sustainable technology. The interaction between technology, plants, animals, the environment and society plays a central role. Developments in society at large often involve the development of new technology. The adoption of new technology and its integration within existing processes therefore requires special attention. This is why the programme also offers a course in technology assessment.

Programme Biosystems Engineering

The master's programme of Biosystems Engineering is a two-year programme, where students pursue their interests through courses in the first year followed by the master's thesis and an internship in the second.

More information about the structure of the programme can be found on the Programme of Biosystems Engineering page. You can also see what this master's programme deals with it on the Compare Biosystems Engineering Sciences page.

Thesis tracks

Within the master's programme you can choose from the following thesis tracks to meet your personal interests.

Farm Technology

This track focuses on innovation and technology that can be introduced to improve or revamp an agricultural system. Robotics and automation in horticulture, livestock and poultry systems are extensively researched.

Information Technology

Data has an important role in the society. This track offers students to perform their research oriented towards the design, implementation and management of information systems that can be used in agricultural systems.

Environmental Technology

Environment technology deals with research on using renewable sources of energy and reusing waste products and by-products. You design processes that reuse wastes or separate wasters into distinct, reusable components so that a closed cycle can be achieved in agricultural systems.

Operations Research and Logistics

The goals of logistics are producing or getting the right product, in the right quantity and quality, at the right time and place as efficient as possible while fulfilling the requirements of the stakeholders. This requires the design of innovative logistical concepts in agri-food chains and networks.

Biobased Chemistry and Technology

With the importance of biobased economies increasing, challenges towards energy savings and use of renewable energy needs to be addressed. The biomass of plants and animals, including waste can be converted into a broad spectrum of marketable products and energy.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

Future career

All graduate students from the Biosystems Engineering programme find jobs that directly connect to the study programme. Students also tend to pursue doctoral research after the master's programme. On this page, you will find the list of common roles that the graduates get into. You can read alumni testimonials and see the companies our alumni work for.

Types of jobs

  • Designer: Design new and innovative agricultural systems using sustainable and economic practices.
  • Product engineer: Responsible for a product or a group of products under a company, where the role requires you to draft product requirements and specifications and ensure the quality is maintained.
  • Logistics engineer: Develop systems that deliver products to the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity.
  • Researcher: Be a part of the R&D division of a company or university, where you will take up different topics to research and implement in an industrial environment.

Read more about Career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.


Visit the Biosystems Engineering MSc page on the Wageningen University & Research website for more details!

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