Minor Sustainable Polymers

Biodegradable packaging and bottles made from plants: fairytales or reality? Reality! Nowadays, both products are for sale in the grocery store. Appealing examples of green plastics; sustainable materials that will play a crucial role in the ‘biobased economy’, an economy in which fossil-based plastics have been banned and replaced by materials produced from biomass, such as corn or sugar cane. The minor Sustainable Polymers is an excellent introduction into the field of bioplastics. From polymer synthesis to product analysis, and from processing to ecological impact. Part I consists of various theoretical and practical modules. You will learn how to produce and process plastics and will visit various companies. In Part II you will apply the acquired knowledge and skills and independently carry out a research project commissioned by the Professorship Sustainable Polymers (Green PAC). The research subject can vary from 3D printing of bioplastic mouthguards to the spinning of yarns made from shrimps.



Minor High Tech Systems

During the minor High Tech Systems you work on research, design and development of a product. You learn to turn an idea into a suitable design, the design is modeled with advanced software and you make a trial model. You continuously make technical, material and economic choices for a useful end product.



Minor Composite Design Solutions

The minor Composite Design Solutions is a program developed with Fokker Aerostructures and the Research Group Sustainable Plastics. Fokker Aerostructures is a manufacturer of aircraft components and researches and develops solutions in the field of composite (a fiber-reinforced resin). In this minor, everything revolves around composites: which products exist, what are the characteristics, how can you design products? And also: with which techniques can you process composites into a product by welding large sheets of composite material over long distances?



Minor Green Logistics

Within the programme (International) Logisitics Management, students have the opportunity to follow a minor in Green Logistics. Students work on an assignment in the field of Sustainable Logistics. In addition, the minor includes the following courses:


  • Green bio-based in the Supply Chain
  • Green Logistics
  • Green Awareness and Business Models
  • Green Business Ethics and Law
  • Effective Project Management
  • Green Procurement
  • Green Marketing & Strategy
  • Green Quality & Reporting
  • Green Economics


Master Polymer Engineering

For the development of plastics, more knowledge is required, both of the materials and of the production method. High-quality plastics can no longer be ignored from our high-tech society. They become stronger, lighter, have a longer lifespan and are increasingly suitable for recycling and reuse.


During this master the engineer gets more knowledge of polymers. The chemical technologist learns how the properties of polymers are decisive in the process from material to product. With the knowledge of materials and the insight into the production process, the graduate master is able to realize a chain approach.


  • Master's degree program at the cutting edge of applied engineering and chemical technology.
  • Part-time: one day of education, four days of work.
  • Short programme of two years (instead of three years).
  • Master's thesis: research project within own company.
  • Support from teachers at the University of Twente, Wageningen University & Research and University of Groningen.
  • Supervision by study coach.


Want to get more information? Go to Windesheim or NHL Stenden (this programme is a joint degree).

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