European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

Course Content

Bioceb offers the students a fully integrated Master degree programme recognized in all participating countries. Its modular organisation favors student mobility and international experience while preserving jointness and interconnection between the different possible tracks.

General organisation and content of the semesters

The joint first semester (S1) at URCA provides a multidisciplinary scientific knowledge base and a shared culture in the field of agro-resources and their conversion through biorefinery processes.

The second semester (S2) allows the students to enrich their technical and scientific experience with cross-cutting approaches dealing will value-chain sustainability assessment, with specific focus either on economics (AgroParisTech) or on green chemistry principles (TalTech).

The third semester (S3) offers a specialisation in one of the key biotechnology approaches of bioeconomy: biomass engineering (AgroParisTech), bioprocesses (ULiège) and bio-based products (Aalto).

The fourth semester (S4) is dedicated to a R&D internship, according to your specialization path and professional plans, leading to a Master’s thesis preparation and defence.

The Green Line Project: all along the first 3 semesters, after an introductory workshop during Induction Week, the students have to carry-out a joint transversal project named “Green Line project”.

Students have to choose a subject among a pool of key research and innovation topics proposed by the Consortium as well as associated partners. These topics are market-oriented and cross-cutting with an innovative approach. It is the first opportunity for the students to work on industrial real cases.
The Green Line project is jointly supervised by the Consortium partner institutions and includes 3 phases:
First stage (S1): definition of the objectives, structure and boundaries of the project through exchanges with socio-economic bioeconomy actors and literature state of the art (3 ECTS)
Second stage (S2): feasibility tests as well as economic and sustainability assessment (work integrated within the 6 ECTS Project Engineering module in AgroParisTech and 6 ECTS Life cycle analysis of green technologies module in TalTech)
Third stage (S3): in-depth scientific/technical study, final conclusions and dissemination (5 ECTS)

The students are encouraged to carry-out their project in groups of 2-3 from different countries so as to make the project benefit from a diversity of profiles. The setting-up of these groups does not constrain the choices of study tracks. Students work together at the same place during the first stage and, once they know each other and the scope of the project, continue to work together virtually during the second and third stages of the project.

The Green Line project is key to the programme jointness.

Joint events are also organized at the beginning (induction week), mid-term (summer school) and the end (inter-cohort graduation and dissemination event) of the programme.

Bioceb study tracks

An overview of the whole Bioceb academic offer is available here:

- Updated September 2022 -