Food Processing

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Désirée Schneider

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What does it cover?

 

The Master of Food Processing programme builds on a Bachelor’s degree to extend students’ knowledge of food technology. The main focus of this research-oriented study programme is on the acquisition of methodological skills and developing a scientific and independent approach to complex issues.

 

Your Profile

  • You wish to deepen your knowledge of food technology.
  • You enjoy research.
  • You like working in small study groups.
  • You are looking for a programme that allows you to set an individual focus from an extensive choice of compulsory elective modules.

Your background

  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree with a grade of 2.5 or above.
  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree in food technology with 210 ECTS credit points.
  • Alternatively, you hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with 210 ECTS credit points (note: additional study may be required).
  • Alternatively, you hold one of the aforementioned Bachelor’s degrees with 180 ECTS credit points (note: additional study worth 30 ECTS credit points required).


If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, we help you to make the transition to our Master of Food Processing. Careful selection of the additionally required courses helps you to compensate for any gaps in your knowledge and successfully complete the Master’s programme.

Programme content and structure

The Master of Food Processing is a modular programme and commences each year in the summer and winter semester. The standard duration of studies including the Master’s thesis is three semesters (90 ECTS credit points). If a candidate holds a Bachelor’s degree with 180 ECTS credit points rather than 210 ECTS credit points, the standard duration of studies is extended to four semesters.

In the programme, you extend your 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.

The available modules are shown in the following table.

compulsory modulescompulsory elective modules
Food ProcessingHealth Aspects of Food Processing and Product Development
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Industrial Microbiology
Product DesignManagerial Decision-making Instruments
Physics and Foods
Risk Management
Mathematical Decision-making and Data Analysis I
Strategic Management
Advanced Technology of Foods of Plant or Animal Origin
Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Engineering
Process Modelling
Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology
Advanced Food Chemistry
Food Packaging and Transportation
Software Based Simulation of Food Processing Operations
Mathematical Decision-making and Data Analysis II

The Master’s thesis is completed in the third semester, chiefly at the University of Applied Sciences or at other research institutions. Detailed information on the programme content and structure is available in the module overview and module handbook (s. Downloads).

Career prospects

A Master's degree in Food Processing qualifies you for a management track in the food processing industry, in consulting and in the higher grade of the civil service, as well as for a career in science and research.

There are other opportunities for our graduates outside the discipline in related fields such as cosmetic and pharmaceutical technology, the chemical and environmental engineering industry and in public authorities, higher education institutions and institutes, and national and international organisations.

Our graduates chiefly work in the following areas:

  • Planning, controlling and monitoring complex production processes and their management.
  • Managerial functions in quality assurance and quality management.
  • Coordination and management of development and optimisation processes both on product and process level.

Because the Master's programme is research-oriented, it offers a good starting point for anyone wishing to continue their education with a doctoral degree.