What is it all about?
Nutrition, health, and the food industry - three growth sectors according to the latest trend analyses. In the Department of Nutritional, Food and Consumer Studies, you receive training in these areas by studying a combination of science and technology and socio-economic subjects. The degree programme enables you to adopt a multifaceted approach to problem-solving - a quality that is in more demand than ever among today's professionals.
The Department team provides practice-orientated training and research through up-to-date, project-based, accredited degree programmes and prepares you fully for a career in tomorrow's professional world. The programme is the only one in Germany which incorporates project-based learning in the first part of the degree programme - and has been doing so successfully for more than 30 years.
Already in the first year, you start to work and learn in groups to carry out study projects. This allows you to acquire valuable 'soft skills' over three semesters, such as the application of theory in practice, the development of team skills, and the further enhancement of organisational and communication skills. This experience gives you a crucial advantage in your future career. Using an interdisciplinary approach, you are encouraged to develop the ability to think and act across disciplines and to be open to life-long learning.
Why choose this programme?
If you are equally interested in various areas of science and in aspects of social science as well as in economics and business administration and also enjoy taking on new and original tasks, this programme is the right choice.
The degree programme is varied and enables you to adopt a multifaceted approach to problem-solving. If you are interested in the degree programme, you should have the ability to think in an interconnected way in complex contexts and to acquire a broader view. A basic knowledge in chemistry and biology is an advantage, but these subjects are reviewed and developed further in the lectures and tutorials in the first semester.
If you have an inquiring mind and are interested in learning more about nutrition, health, and food in our society, then you already have what is required.
How is the programme structured?
The duration of the bachelor's degree programme is six semesters. The course of study is modular in structure. In the first three semesters, you acquire a solid knowledge in science and technology, social sciences, and economics and business management. In the following three semesters, you expand your knowledge in these areas further and acquire and develop professionally relevant social and methodological skills in specialist seminars. In the fourth semester, you decide on one particular qualificationprofile and select one of five specialisations:
- Food Business
- Nutrition and Health
- Quality and Process Management
In the fifth semester, you do an internship. You then prepare your bachelor's thesis, which may be related to your internship.
As a graduate you have the opportunity to pursue a career in a variety of fields within the field of nutrition, health, and food business. As a trained specialist you can exspect middle and senior management positions in health service organisations and companies as well as in the food industry and in public utilities. Alternatively, you can become an entrepreneuer.
The most important professional areas in brief:
- Consultancy and training
- Education, training, and continuing education
- Marketing and public relations
- Product development
- Quality assessment and analysis
- Quality management
- Planning and organisation of processes
As a graduate with an internationally recognised degree (B.Sc.), you qualify for various postgraduate courses not only in Germany but also abroad. Fulda University of Applied Sciences offers a number of attractive master's degree programmes. These include:
- Public Health Nutrition (M.Sc.) - a joint degree programme with the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
- International Food Business and Consumer Studies (M.Sc.) - a joint degree programme with Kassel University, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences
- Sustainable Food Systems (M. Sc.) - an European joint degree programme with Universität Kassel, Universität Ghent, Universität Aarhus, Universität ISARA-Lyon, Universität Cluj-Napoca