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What's it all about

The politics of food in society, involving manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and health professionals, are complex and continually evolving. This programme prepares graduates for leadership roles in national and international enterprises in the food business and in food certification organisations. Students gain the skills and experience necessary to manage complex processes in the food industry, trade, and the agricultural sector as well as to develop and market food products and related services according to the needs of different consumer groups.

If you are looking for close interaction between students and staff, our MSc programme is the right one for you. Our dynamic postgraduate community, professionally accredited course and supportive learning and research environment make us an excellent choice for your postgraduate studies.

How is the programme structured?

After graduation

Serving specific needs of consumers is a core business and to do that in a more sustainable way will be a challenging business opportunity in the food sector, while at the same time being responsive to societal needs. Graduates must be aware of cultural differences and the importance of regional supply chains for development.

Experts with an in-depth understanding of these aspects have bright career prospects in the food sector. The MSc programme qualifies its graduates for these responsible tasks in food businesses and related organizations. It is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach including food, business and consumer sciences.

Area of activity

Management of complex processes in food businesses, in particular in

  • multinational companies and organisations
  • companies and organisations in need of staff with intercultural competencies, and staff capable of focusing on consumer needs


  • Quality Management and Food Quality
  • Innovation Management
  • Consumer-oriented Product Development
  • International Marketing

At a glance

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Type of programme: On-campus
  • Standard duration: 4 semesters
  • Start of study programme: Winter semester
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: different to nationalities
  • Specifics: Joint degree of two partner universities; lectures are at both campuses (Mo & Fri Fulda, Tue-Thu Witzenhausen); integrated one-year project