Circular Engineering

To ensure a healthy planet and strong economy for current and future generations, a transition to a circular economy is needed. A circular economy is characterised by a system of closed loop processes. Ideally no waste is created, renewable energy sources are used, and raw materials, components and products retain their value. This transition asks for innovative engineering solutions that require a new way of thinking.

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Do you get excited when facing a technical challenge? Do you want to contribute to the transition to a circular economy? Then the unique new Maastricht bachelor's programme in Circular Engineering is the perfect choice for you: the engineer of the future. The bachelor Circular Engineering combines a rigid engineering foundation with in-depth knowledge and skills in one of three engineering concentrations, while focussing on sustainability throughout the curriculum. These three concentrations are:

Throughout the curriculum, there are strong interactions with industry, especially at the Brightlands campuses.

  • Circular Chemical Engineering
  • Sustainable Biotechnology
  • Engineering Physics for Sustainable Manufacturing

You can tailor your curriculum to your own needs, interests and career goals, by using the open curriculum space in the second year to select from a large range of electives, by taking on engineering projects and internships of your choice and by choosing one of the concentrations in the third year. By approaching problems from various disciplinary perspectives, you develop technical solutions for society and industry to address existing and future challenges.

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Study information events

Are you a prospective bachelor student? Then we are here to help! We understand that finding the right bachelor programme is important. That’s why we offer you several resources that will give you a feel of what it is like to study at Circular Engineering.

Visit this page to talk to our students, schedule a personal appointment or register for an Experience Day

  • I think the mix of biology with engineering is and will be an important tool for a more sustainable future
    Carolina Bustillos (Ecuador), Circular Engineering
  • Problem-Based Learning and engineering education: a perfect match
    Carla Koopman, Associate Prof. Circular Chemical Engineering
  • Research and education into circular thinking and sustainability are important themes
    Thomas Cleij, Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Sustainable Innovation needs Circular Engineers
    Gus van der Feltz, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Blue Plasma
  • Brightsite, transforming industry towards a sustainable future
    Arnold Stokking, Managing Director Brightsite