Food Processing (MSc)
At a glance
- Study programme
- Food Processing (MSc)
- Food Technology
- The programme delivers in-depth knowledge and skills in science, process engineering, food technology, and economics. There are no prescribed directions for specialisation during the programme, and students can choose from a large number of compulsory elective modules to build their own individual profile for their studies.
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- Type of programme
- Campus-based programme
- Standard Duration
- 3 semesters
- Admission Capacity
- Start of study programme
- Summer and winter semesters
- Admission Restriction
- Based on numerus clausus system, restricted admissions
- Admission Requirements
- A first degree qualifying for a profession (Bachelor’s degree, “Diplom”) in Food Technology or a related discipline with a grade of at least 2.5 and 210 ECTS credits (seven-semester standard duration of studies). If applicants have any gaps in their specialist knowledge or have a Bachelor’s degree worth only 180 ECTS credits (six-semester standard duration of studies), they will be required to complete additional modules (study requirements).
- Language of instructions
- Language Requirements
- For German students: English language proficiency is a requirement, but no formal check is made. For international students: English language proficiency is a requirement, but no formal check is made. Also DSH 2 level German language proficiency by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. For the winter semester, applications up to 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent. For the summer semester, applications up to 31 October: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 November: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent.
- Application Deadline
- 15 January (for the summer semester) and 20 August (for the winter semester)
- Specific Features
- After completing the Master’s degree, graduates have the opportunity to take a doctoral degree at Fulda University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with a university.
What Is This Programme About?
As a consecutive and research-oriented programme, the Master’s programme in Food Processing aims in particular to develop the methodological and research expertise of its graduates. It is an interdisciplinary programme combining aspects of science, engineering and economics. The programme is designed to equip graduates to deal effectively and independently with complex research-related issues from the various areas of the food industry, cosmetic and pharmaceutical technology, the chemical and environmental engineering industry and related areas, as well as in official authorities, higher education institutions and institutes, and national and international organisations.
Why Choose This Programme?
The Master’s programme in Food Processing is ideal for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology or a related subject who wish to build on their existing qualifications and who enjoy research and development. After completing the Master’s programme in Food Processing, graduates can also opt to take a doctoral degree in cooperation with a partner university.
How is the programme structured?
The standard duration of studies including the Master’s thesis is three semesters. In the first two semesters, students take compulsory modules such as Food Processing, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Product Design or Physics and Foods to build on their previous knowledge from their Bachelor’s programme. There are also compulsory elective modules such as Health Aspects of Food Processing and Product Development, Industrial Microbiology, Managerial Decision-Making Instruments, or Risk Management. The wide range of elective subjects on offer enables students to set an individual focus for their studies. The programme concludes with students writing their Master’s thesis in the third semester. Work on the Master’s thesis is conducted chiefly at the University of Applied Sciences or at other research institutions.
Where does it lead?
Graduates of the Master’s programme in Food Processing have very different and interesting roles and responsibilities, particularly in research and development in the food industry, but also in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemical industry. Because the Master’s programme in Food Processing is heavily research-oriented, graduates also have career opportunities with universities of applied sciences, universities and other research institutions.