Circular Bioeconomy

Circular Bioeconomy

Are you interested in creating new workplaces and industries? Do you want to work with renewable resources, circular processes and the technologies which enable these? Then a bachelor’s degree in Circular Bioeconomy is for you! Circular bioeconomy is all about turning today’s sustainability problems into profitable and innovative business models. You’ll be ready for meeting the challenges of the future, when biologically-based value creation from both land and sea will be essential.

The bachelor degree is multidisciplinary, such that your competence in sustainable development will include both biology and business administration. You will also gain skills in entrepreneurship and business development. The course will offer several specialisation options for you to choose from. A bachelor’s degree in circular bioeconomy will give you a firm basis for a wide range of jobs and further studies in bioeconomic specialisms.

Programme description

Are you interested in creating new workplaces and industries? Do you want to work with renewable resources, circular processes and the technologies which enable these? Then a bachelor’s degree in Circular Bioeconomy is for you! Circular bioeconomy is all about turning today’s sustainability problems into profitable and innovative business models. You’ll be ready for meeting the challenges of the future, when biologically-based value creation from both land and sea will be essential.

The bachelor degree is multidisciplinary, such that your competence in sustainable development will include both biology and business administration. You will also gain skills in entrepreneurship and business development. The course will offer several specialisation options for you to choose from. A bachelor’s degree in circular bioeconomy will give you a firm basis for a wide range of jobs and further studies in bioeconomic specialisms.

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Admission requirements

Admission to the programme of study requires Higher Education Entrance Qualifications.

Applicants who do not have higher education entrance qualification and are 25 years of age or older may apply for admission on the basis of prior learning and work experience. In addition to the general requirements regarding prior learning and work experience at Nord University, the following subject-specific requirements for admission based on prior learning and work experience apply: Mathematics and English on a par with general study competence.

Learning outcomes

The programme's competence aims are to educate candidates to provide them with broad knowledge and expertise in sustainable and profitable value creation of bioresources (circular bioeconomy). This means understanding biology (living organisms) as a resource, and to produce and value-manage (the economy) renewable bioresources within logics such as sustainability, circular thinking, biotechnology and digital transformation.

After graduation, the candidate will have:

Knowledge(understanding of theories, facts, concepts and principles in disciplines/professions)

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    • biological resources and processes
    • value management of bioresources (circular bioeconomy) both as a basis for sustainable resource management and efficient/profitable operations and business development
    • restructuring processes and change work
  • A good understanding of the social development trends and their importance to and impact on the management of renewable resources
  • Knowledge of research and development work in circular bioeconomy

Skills(cognitive, practical, creative or communicative abilities in conjunction with the thesis requirement)

  • The ability to apply knowledge and execute:
    • biological and resource analyses
    • reports, profitability assessments and economic analyses
    • innovation and development processes
  • The ability to translate knowledge into practice in business and administration through reasoned choices
  • analytical skills and the ability to critically think and reflect on their own practice based on research/facts
  • the ability to use knowledge to update their own expertise in bio- and circular economy

Generalcompetence (abilities/skills such as independence, cooperativeness, accountability, reflection and critical thinking)

  • a multidisciplinary perspective on biology, economics and technology.
  • the ability to understand and reflect on the scope and complexity of the bio- and circular economy in terms of technology, sustainability, ethics and ecosystem logic (circularity).
  • the ability to identify knowledge needs and organize and carry out interdisciplinary problem-solving/work together with others.
  • the ability to carry out an independent, limited investigation with guidance.

Job opportunities

The circular bioeconomy programme emphasizes the inter-professional and multidisciplinary aspects of the field that are in high demand in society and the business world, while at the same time ensuring general and basic understanding of the foundation courses. The business sector shows keen interest in the study programme. Provisions are made for cooperation with the community and business throughout the course of study in the bioeconomic subjects. This ensures relevance both for students and the business sector. The programme provides ample opportunities for dialogue with future employers, including through guest engagement and the practical training/internship scheme.

Further education

Students can continue studies in Nord University's master's degree programmes: Nordic master's degree in sustainable production and utilization of marine bioresources and Master of Science in global management.

The programme's options regarding specialization subjects, elective courses, internships, exchanges and bachelor's degree theses provide the opportunity to adapt the content to specific admission requirements for various master's degree programmes.

There are increasingly more advanced study opportunities (master's and doctoral degrees) in bioeconomy in Norway and abroad, where the programme provides a good foundation for applicant, and can be adapted to special admission requirements through conscious choices of specialization subjects/bachelor's thesis and internships.

Study abroad

Ever thought of spending part of your degree in another part of the world?

To promote international competence, it is recommended that candidates will spend at least 3 months, during your 5th semester, with our collaborating universities in Europe and other parts of the world. These institutions offer you exciting opportunities to study for one semester abroad, allowing a broader scope and diversity of topics than can be offered by a single university alone.

We are flexible and have dedicated staff who will do their best to help you with your stay abroad. A study abroad complements your degree studies best in the third academic year.

For more information on the process, you can contact advisor for study exchange.

For more information on all our partner institutions, visit Utvekslingsavtaler (nord.no)

The world is yours to explore!

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline No international admission
ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Scope Full time
Teaching language
Police certificate of conduct No
Campus Steinkjer

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline No international admission

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