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Marine Bio-based Products - Research & Innovation (30EC)

Current social developments and changes are raising new questions and problems that are mostly of a very complex nature. Investigative skills and social responsibility are expected of an HBO (higher professional qualification) professional. In order to gain an understanding of and feel for these, you assume the role of a researcher in this advanced minor at HZ University. You learn how to perform practically-orientated research. You do this partly by following the instruction but above all by carrying out your own research for an organisation. This research is offered to you by one of HZ’s research groups. In addition, every HBO student is expected to be able to tackle these questions and problems in a more and more integrated fashion and in an increasingly multidisciplinary manner. You then go more and more beyond the bounds of your profession and you deal more and more with areas in which others are specialists. So the employment market demands not just specialists but also generalists with a critical eye and a proactive approach. Your research may be part of complex, wide-ranging, multidisciplinary research taking several years. So it may be that you carry out research together with students of other disciplines. In your research you will be supported by an experienced researcher and a process-supporting lecturer.

Marine Bio-based Products

The Marine Bio-based Products research group focuses on research into the substances contained in algae, seaweeds and (salt-tolerant) plants (in the sea and on land) and their evaluation. Refining resources into useful ingredients is in line with our development into a sustainable, bio-based and circular economy. The research group carries out research with an evident chemical component (refining, modification, application) and fits in with an environment orientated towards applied research. Thanks to its nature and character, the Marine Bio-based Products research group has an especially good connection with our Sustainable Dynamic Delta.


In this minor you learn how to set up, carry out and defend practically-orientated research. See also the brief description of the content above.

Aanvullende informatie

This minor is offered by various Bachelor’s programmes and has both a 15 EC and a 30 EC variant. State which variant you wish to pursue and with which Bachelor’s programme. You can choose from HBO ICT, Architecture, Chemistry, Engineering and Logistics Management. This minor (both the 15 EC and 30 EC variants) always starts at the beginning of the spring semester (about 1 February).

Conditions for annotating the degree:

Internally (to HZ), no conditions apply other than that the minor must be successfully completed. Externally, other conditions might apply. (Ask your own institution about this).


For participation in this minor, the conditions set down in the implementation regulations of the Bachelor’s programme that offers the minor apply. You will find the implementation regulations on


1. Development into a professional

May vary by Bachelor's programme

Weighing: 25%

Min. grade: 5,5

2. Research products

Research proposal, research report and defence

Weighing: 75%

Min grade: 5,5


Two or three days per week. The length and nature of these vary.