Food Science and Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    7390
    Tuition (Semester)
    Free
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English
    Language

About

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 at the University of Copenhagen, you will be an expert in developing the foods of the future. Choose between three different specialisations - Dairy Science and Technology, Brewing Science and Technology- or make your own tailormade Individual Specialisation. In the box to the right you will find links to the different specialisations.

Profile and Career

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.

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.

Career opportunities

The food industry is one of Denmark’s most important sectors, and many opportunities exist for food science graduates. Also, increasing technologisation 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, for example, work with product development, quality management and company management in food companies.
  • You can become involved in developing new and healthy foods or working to prevent undesirable bacteria from entering the products.
  • As the programme is taught in English and the food industry is globally oriented, the programme gives you a solid foundation for an international career.

Programme Structure

Programme Structure

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.

Teaching in the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology

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.

Master's thesis

You finish your MSc studies by writing a thesis, which is a large scientific project corresponding to six months of instruction. You can write your thesis on your own or in a group.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 560

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 83

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Regardless of what university you are enrolled at, you can - if you meet the language requirements - apply on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree that grants direct access or another relevant Bachelor’s degree.

If you hold one of the degrees listed below, you have direct access to apply to the Master’s programme in Food Science and Technology. 

  • BSc in Food and Nutrition with the specialization in Quality and Technology or as Food Engineer from the University of Copenhagen
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree in Food Analysis or Food Safety and Quality from the Technical University of Denmark.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 7390 International
  • Free EU/EEA
Tuition fee for the MSc in Food Science and Technology per semester: DKK 55,000

Funding

The Faculty of Sciene has a very limited number of scholarships to award outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students. The scholarships are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The scolarships are granted to cover the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases both tuition fee and living expenses.

All non-EU/EEA applicants with a grade point average above 80% of their bachelor's degree are considered for the scholarships/tuition fee waivers.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.