Wageningen University




Wageningen University


‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’

That is the mission of Wageningen UR.

Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community.

Wageningen UR is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the DLO foundation.

To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life

That is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.

The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes and Wageningen University. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences.


The domain of Wageningen UR consists of three related core areas:

  • Food and food production
  • Living environment
  • Health, lifestyle and livelihood


Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) is made up of:


* Wageningen University

* 9 research institutes



  • Prospective Bachelor Students


Wageningen University offers 20 bachelor programmes in the domain of healthy food and living environment. A Bachelor of Science at Wageningen University takes three years.



  • Prospective Master Students


Choosing the right master can be difficult. To make the right choice it is recommended to compare study programmes of different masters. Most of the master programmes of Wageningen University made an description of comparable study programmes at Wageningen University and other institutions.

As from September 2015, it is possible to follow two online master programmes from Wageningen University by Distance Learning. With these innovative programmes it will be possible to study at Wageningen University from all over the world through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment.


  • PhD Programme


Wageningen University has a name for innovative and ground-breaking research. When it comes to research and providing education, Wageningen University enjoys an outstanding international reputation. As a PhD candidate at Wageningen University, you will develop knowledge that serves mankind and society at large.



Education at Wageningen University is strongly international as seen from the approximately 30% of the MSc students and 50% of the PhD students who come form abroad (100 nationalities). All MSc and PhD courses are taught in English.





Wageningen UR has many facilities such as experimental facilities and laboratories and offers many products and services, such as databases, computational models and areal maps.

Wageningen UR has been designated as national reference laboratory for viruses and contagious animal diseases (Central Veterinary Institute) and has a High Containment Unit for these substances. RIKILT is a National Reference Laboratory for monitoring residues and contaminants in food and feed and is a European Reference Laboratory for specific analytic domains.