In the two-year Food Science and Technology programme you will learn about the challenges associated with food production, food safety , food quality and health. Choose between the programmes specialisations: Dairy Science and Technology, Brewing Science and Technology, Food Safety, Process Analytical Technology, Sensory Science and individual specialisations.
The programme is offered in English.
Food, quality and safety are much debated topics in our society and are important issues for the individual consumer.
The rapid development which has taken place in recent decades within technology and biological science has created completely new ways of producing and processing foods. And large parts of the world are looking to Denmark when it comes to the development of foods. Food should offer experiences, eliminate lifestyle diseases, be sustainable and be produced under safe conditions.
With a degree from the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology, you will be an expert in developing the foods of the future.
Profile and Career
A degree in food science and technology enables you to work on the challenges associated with food production, food safety, food quality and health. And you are able to develop foods based on gastronomic know-how and consumer knowledge.
As a graduate from the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology, you are, among other things, also able to:
Choose between five different specialisations - Dairy Science and Technology, Brewing Science and Technology, Food Safety, Process Analytical Theory and Sensory Science - or create your own tailor-made Individual Specialisation from the list of couorses. “
If you are interested in how foods are developed, what they consist of and how you can manage a production process from raw materials to finished product, the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology is what you are looking for.
Increasing technologicalisation has made food production extremely complex, and there is a growing need for highly qualified food science graduates who can grasp and apply the new technologies.
The food industry is one of Denmark’s most important sectors, and many opportunities exist for food science graduates. Also, increasing technologicalisation has made food production extremely complex, and there is a growing need for highly qualified graduates who can grasp and apply the new technologies.
You can read more about career opportunities in connection with the individual specialisations at the programme structure page.
The MSc programme in Food Science and Technology consists of compulsory courses, elective courses and thematic courses building on the knowledge you have acquired on food issues and food production.
At a high academic level, you learn about, for example, food chemistry, microbiology, food technology, nutrition, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, gastronomy and consumer choices.
Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will also be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups.
You will be in contact with the real world as you will be working with the challenges that are also important outside the University’s walls.
There is a well-established collaboration between the students and the business community that ensures excellent prospects for internships or project collaborations, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.
The programme will give you ample opportunity to strengthen your international competences, for instance through study trips abroad.
You can either follow a general track or choose a number of specialisations:
You finish your MSc studies by writing a thesis, which is a large scientific project corresponding to six or nine months of instruction. You can write your thesis on your own or in a group. You gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science and Technology (in Danish: cand.techn.al.).
The thesis is often based on a specific problem from a food company or a research project.
Examples of theses:
It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; for instance you can take a summer school course.
Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree in Food Science with the core module Food, Quality, and Technology from The Faculty of Science are directly qualified for admission to the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology.
The following applicants are qualified to apply: Applicants with a bachelor's degree in the Natural Sciences or a bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition from Ankerhus Seminarium or Suhr's Seminarium. However, all applicants must have qualifications equivalent to the bachelor’s programme in Food Science within the areas of:
Selection criteria for the specialisation Brewing Science and Technology Max. student intake: 15 (10 are admitted in February, the rest in September)
If the number of applicants exceeds the maximum student intake, applicant will be prioritised after the following criteria:
If the number of admitted students is less than 10 in February, the extra seats will be transferred to the September intake. Students that apply for the February intake but who do not get admitted to the specialisation, may apply on equal terms with other applicants at the next September intake.
If an applicant is not admitted to the specialisation in Brewing Science and Technology, the applicant is given the opportunity to choose another specialisation of the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology.
To gain admission to an MSc in the English language, non-Danish applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish secondary school ‘English level B'. The Faculty of Science accepts the following 3 ways of documenting this:
If you are citizen of one of the above countries, you are not required to submit any proof of English proficiency. Your copy of your passport will suffice as sufficient proof.
Language tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline).
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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