Food Science and Technology, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology at the University of Copenhagen offers students specialised knowledge about the food industry in and helps them understand the connection between food and health. This Master’s course analyses topics like food technology, gastronomy and nutrition and you can specialise in dairy products, brewing science or food industry in general.


In the two-year Food Science and Technology programme at the University of Copenhagen you will learn about the challenges associated with food production, food safety, food quality and health. Choose between the programme's specialisations: Dairy Science and Technology, Brewing Science and Technology and the General Profile.

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. 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.

Competence Description

Increasing technologisation 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 programme gives you plenty of opportunities to strengthen your international skills as a large proportion of the students are international students. This means that the teaching naturally gets a global perspective.
As a graduate from the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology, you are, among other things, also able to maintain up-to-date knowledge on international food rules and quality control within the food industry

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.
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. For instance you may choose to do a project in practice, 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 studying abroad.


You can either follow a general profile or choose between two predetermined specialisations:

  • Dairy Science and Technology
  • Brewing Science and Technology
  • General Profile
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. You gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science and Technology (in Danish:

The thesis is often based on a specific problem from a food company or a research project.

Examples of theses:

  • Quick method for determining salmonella
  • New methodology for determining the fat content in whole milk powder
  • What constitutes good eating quality in pork, and how do consumers perceive this?
  • Addition of antioxidants to packaging
Study Abroad

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.

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

Admission Requirements

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a Bachelor’s programme you are eligible to apply for the Master’s programme in Food Science and Technology.

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.

Bachelor’s degrees that grant direct access

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

  • BSc in Food Science with the specialization in Quality and Technology or as Food Engineer from the University of Copenhagen (reserved access*)
  • Professional Bachelor’s degree in Food Analysis from the Danish Technical University

* If your Bachelor’s degree grants reserved access, you are guaranteed a place on the Master’s programme if you apply before the application deadline during the first application period after you complete your Bachelor’s degree.

Other Bachelor’s degrees

If you have a Bachelor’s degree other than those listed above, you must submit additional documentation along with your application so the University can evaluate whether or not you meet the admission requirements.

If you have degree in Food Science with a specialisation in Nutrition and Health you may be admitted if your programme includes the following elements:

  • Food Microbiology

If you have a Bachelor’s degree within the field of science you may be admitted if your programme includes the following elements:

  • Mathematics (7,5 ECTS credits)
  • Statistics (7,5 ECTS credits)
  • Chemistry (15 ECTS credits)
  • Microbiology (15 ECTS credits)
  • Biochemistry (7,5 ECTS credits)

In addition, you may be admitted, if you after an individual assessment,
are deemed to possess educational/academic qualifications equivalent to the
requirements listed above.

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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.