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Protein Transition: towards a sustainable future


Do you want to contribute to the protein transition? In this minor, the focus is on the transition towards plant and alternative proteins within the context of, and the impact on, the entire value chain: from soil to consumer.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks

About the programme

In this minor you will work with fellow students on a research project in cooperation with a company that makes a relevant contribution to the protein transition. These projects are positioned across the entire food chain, from breeding and cultivation to the production of meat and dairy alternatives, market-oriented innovative research, and consumer buying behavior. Each research project will take into account sustainability aspects and the impact on the entire food chain.

You have the opportunity to further develop your ambition and talents by specialising yourself in one or more areas of the protein transition. This will help you to gain more knowledge and skills as a professional in your future job or own business. Possible topics are:

  • Impact on sustainability
  • Current and future protein sources
  • Breeding technology to improve protein yield
  • Cultivation and soil quality
  • Protein extraction technology
  • Technical and sensory functionality of plant alternative proteins
  • Product development for plant-based foods and consumer behaviour

Moreover, this minor will allow you to develop your research skills.

Learning goals

What you will be learning:

  1. During the minor, the student conducts practical research into a specific part of the plant and alternative protein production chain, taking into account the sustainability aspects and impact on the entire chain, with a market-oriented focus in the field of the fast developing protein transition.
  2. The student presents a critical and evidence-based vision of the protein transition based on sustainability aspects, impact on the sector and the consumer. He/she does this by working on personal learning objectives about the protein transition and develops a portfolio to support this.

Practical information

Practical information on the minor Protein Transition at HAS green academy:

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Date: September - February
  • Eligibility: third year Bachelor degree programme
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction: English

Admission requirements

To enroll in this minor programme, you will need:

  • a propaedeutic certificate, and
  • at least 40 credits from the 2nd year.


How to apply for an exchange programme, minor or specialisation

If your university is an exchange partner of HAS green academy you can apply for an exchange period at the International Office of your own university.

If you are from an institution without an agreement with HAS green academy, please get in touch with Loes Rosenberg at studentexchange@has.nl.

5 steps to apply

1. Apply for an exchange period

Please apply for an exchange period at the International Office at your home institution
(note: only when your home institution is an exchange partner of HAS green academy)

Partner institutions
2. Be nominated

The International Office of your home institution will nominate you as an exchange student at HAS green academy.


How to be nominated

Students can be nominated by sending an email to studentexchange@has.nl.

Please include:

  • the name,
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • e-mail,
  • period and
  • the programme the student wishes to apply for.
3. Info about application

After we have received your nomination, we will send you the information regarding your application at HAS (important deadlines, application form, required documents etc.).

4. Complete the application

Once we have received your (complete) application before the application deadline we will start to process it.

5. Status application and admission

After the application deadline you will be informed about the status of your application and admission at HAS green academy.

Nomination & application deadlines

Semester 1

  • Starting date studies
    28 August 2022
  • Nomination deadline
    April 2022
  • Application deadline
    May 2022

Semester 2

  • Starting date studies
    February 2023
  • Nomination deadline
    October 2022
  • Application deadline
    November 2022

Please note that it’s not needed to wait for these deadlines to apply. If you already know you would like to apply at HAS green academy, it’s possible to do this at an earlier stage.

Want to know more about exchange?

More info about exchange to the Netherlands, studying at HAS green academy and living in the Netherlands, can be found on our special Study at HAS page.

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