Master of Food Technology 24 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
Program Duration

24 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

1,116 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

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Main Subject Area

Engineering - GeneralMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Food Technology

The objective of the Master of Food Technology is to provide a multi-disciplinary and specialized professional education in food technology, with special emphasis on postharvest and food preservation engineering on the one hand and food science and technology on the other.

About the programme

The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) is an academic master of science programme that intends to equip its alumni with the scientific, technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes which they require to contribute successfully to solving problems related to food security through the production of safe foods of high quality.

Two technological dimensions of crucial importance in food processing and preservation are the key objectives and programme options: 

  • Postharvest and food preservation engineering, with focus on the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods, in particular plant based foods, to the end consumer.
  • Food science and technology, with focus on the transformation (processing) of raw materials in products for human consumption or in intermediate ingredients for further use in the food industry.
Throughout the programme emphasis is given to six learning tracks:
  1. food product technology
  2. food quality assurance and safety
  3. food process and preservation engineering
  4. scientific independent research
  5. communication and management
  6. scientific integrity
During the first stage of the Master's programme, you will spend the first semester at UGent and the second semester at KU Leuven. The second stage courses of the majors 'Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering' and 'Food Science and Technology' are taught respectively at KU Leuven and UGent. At both universities, optional courses and thesis research topics are offered. 
After graduation you are equipped to become a food technology professional with the necessary technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully contribute to solving problems related to food security. The programme focuses particularly on developing countries where food/nutrient security is and will continue to be a major concern and key challenge. 

Strengths

The IUPFOOD programme is a master's programme that builds on KU Leuven’s and UGent’s combined expertise in research and education in the field of food technology. The interuniversity character of the programme, offering two learning environments, creates clear added value which is highly appreciated by students and alumni.

The programme is oriented towards international students with a diverse educational background. The programme structure and content is very well adapted to this diverse educational background of incoming students, including students from the South. The programme structure, the selection criteria used and the availability of refresher courses at the start of the programme remediate for the diverse background of the students.
Alumni, in particular those from the South, consider the programme to be highly relevant for their personal development, their professional career and the development of their home country.

Career perspectives

IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a programme that takes the specific needs and approaches of developing countries into account. The IUPFOOD programme prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research.

IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:

  • academic institutions (as teaching and/or research staff)
  • research institutes (as research staff)
  • nongovernmental organisations (in different capacities)
  • governmental institutes (e.g. in research programmes, quality surveillance programmes or national nutritional programmes)
  • private industry (in particular jobs related to quality control)

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Food Technology

The objective of the Master of Food Technology is to provide a multi-disciplinary and specialized professional education in food technology, with special emphasis on postharvest and food preservation engineering on the one hand and food science and technology on the other.

About the programme

The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) is an academic master of science programme that intends to equip its alumni with the scientific, technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes which they require to contribute successfully to solving problems related to food security through the production of safe foods of high quality.

Two technological dimensions of crucial importance in food processing and preservation are the key objectives and programme options: 

  • Postharvest and food preservation engineering, with focus on the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods, in particular plant based foods, to the end consumer.
  • Food science and technology, with focus on the transformation (processing) of raw materials in products for human consumption or in intermediate ingredients for further use in the food industry.
Throughout the programme emphasis is given to six learning tracks:
  1. food product technology
  2. food quality assurance and safety
  3. food process and preservation engineering
  4. scientific independent research
  5. communication and management
  6. scientific integrity
During the first stage of the Master's programme, you will spend the first semester at UGent and the second semester at KU Leuven. The second stage courses of the majors 'Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering' and 'Food Science and Technology' are taught respectively at KU Leuven and UGent. At both universities, optional courses and thesis research topics are offered. 
After graduation you are equipped to become a food technology professional with the necessary technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully contribute to solving problems related to food security. The programme focuses particularly on developing countries where food/nutrient security is and will continue to be a major concern and key challenge. 

Strengths

The IUPFOOD programme is a master's programme that builds on KU Leuven’s and UGent’s combined expertise in research and education in the field of food technology. The interuniversity character of the programme, offering two learning environments, creates clear added value which is highly appreciated by students and alumni.

The programme is oriented towards international students with a diverse educational background. The programme structure and content is very well adapted to this diverse educational background of incoming students, including students from the South. The programme structure, the selection criteria used and the availability of refresher courses at the start of the programme remediate for the diverse background of the students.
Alumni, in particular those from the South, consider the programme to be highly relevant for their personal development, their professional career and the development of their home country.

Career perspectives

IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a programme that takes the specific needs and approaches of developing countries into account. The IUPFOOD programme prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research.

IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:

  • academic institutions (as teaching and/or research staff)
  • research institutes (as research staff)
  • nongovernmental organisations (in different capacities)
  • governmental institutes (e.g. in research programmes, quality surveillance programmes or national nutritional programmes)
  • private industry (in particular jobs related to quality control)

Admission requirements

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  • Admission requirements

  • International applicants must have obtained an academic Bachelor of Science degree (in countries in the South typically a 4-year programme) in a discipline related to the content of the programme from a recognized University, College or Institute. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields: mathematics and statistics, physics and engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, biology and microbiology.

  • For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

  • Student profile

  • The programme is oriented towards international students with a diverse educational background. The programme structure and content is very well adapted to this diverse educational background of incoming students, including students from the South. The programme structure, the selection criteria used and the availability of refresher courses at the start of the programme remediate for the diverse background of the students.

  • Candidates are expected to have basic science training in the following fields: mathematics and statistics, physics and engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, biology and microbiology. They must have obtained their degree with an end result of at least second class upper or equivalent. As English is the language of instruction, participants should be fluent in both written and spoken English.
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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

1,116 EUR
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