International Food Business and Consumer Studies (MSc)

At a glance

Study programme
International Food Business and Consumer Studies (MSc)
Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme , Continuing education, part-time
Standard Duration
4 semesters
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
The programme has unrestricted admission.
Admission Requirements
A first degree with an average grade in the field of nutritional, food and consumer sciences, food technology, agricultural sciences or related programmes on condition that they delivered the required previous knowledge.
Language of instructions
Language Requirements
English language proficiency to level C 1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Application Deadline
15 July
Specific Features
The programme is offered as a joint degree programme with the University of Kassel. Students are enrolled at both university campuses, first at the University of Kassel and subsequently at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. More than two thirds of students in each year are international students.

What Is This Programme About?

The food industry is becoming increasingly complex and must be considered on many different levels. The main stakeholders are society, consumers and business. The International Food Business programme explores European and non-European developments in the food sector. In the programme, students learn to work in an international environment on an interdisciplinary and solution-oriented basis.

Why Choose This Programme?

You see a future for yourself in the national or international food industry. The combination of scientific work and practice at every stage of the food value chain appeals to you in particular.

If you are interested in consumer research, management and certification, the International Food Business programme is the right choice for you.

How is the programme structured?

The standard duration of studies for this campus-based programme is four semesters, full-time. The teaching concept reflects the areas of expertise of both higher education institutions.

Students take seven compulsory modules in science, social sciences and economics in the first three semesters and can select five modules according to their interests and qualifications.

During the programme, the students choose a one-year study project from a range of options. In this project they develop both specialist interdisciplinary and intercultural project management skills.

The programme concludes in the fourth semester with the Master’s thesis. Graduates are awarded their qualification as a joint degree of Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the University of Kassel.

Where does it lead?

There are many and varied employment opportunities in the food industry and related areas. National and international career prospects are available in scientific positions in food and nutrition or in management positions in the food industry with companies that have a particular interest in intercultural skills. The main focus in this context is on quality management, innovation management and information management, consumer-oriented product development, and international marketing.

There is also a wide alumni network offering lively exchange and help with orientation.

Need help?

Subject-related advice

Helga Keil

Programme Coordinator

Building 40 , Room 101
Helga Keil+49 661 9640-356
Consultation hours
by appointment

General advice

Susan Gamper

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Head of Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Building 10 (SSC) , Room 211
Susan Gamper+49 661 9640-1430
Consultation hours
Aktuell telefonisch (Mo.-Fr., je 9-15 Uhr) und per E-Mail erreichbar.
Office hours
Mon – Fri