Food accounts for around 20% of the Spanish population’s total expenditure. Changes in the structure of the family are a major factor that the food sector must take into account. All experts would seem to agree that the sector must rely on research and development in order to guarantee that businesses can adapt their products to consumers’ basic demands.
The obsession with health and safety is a defining feature of the food industry; creativity is subject to quality, safety and comfort. Higher standards of living are associated with greater potential spending on commodities with greater added value, together with better packaging, useful shelf life, flavour, etc. These standards are achieved through proper management, innovation and technological development.
The food industry aims to increase the quality of its products, improve consumer confidence and promote modernisation, technological development and environmental suitability.
This Master’s Degree is the result of a process of reflection launched in 2006, in which lecturers, professionals and representatives from the agri-food sector, and the UdL Board of Trustees gave their views on the type of trained professionals that were required by the food industry and the skills they should have. Issues such as food safety and quality, innovations in products and processes, differentiation, marketing and internationalisation emerged from this process of reflection and were included as part of in this Master’s Degree.
The private food sector is constantly changing, both from a technological point of view, which requires staff in the industry to constantly update its knowledge, and as regards the development of new products and processes.
Within the specific field of fruit and vegetables, vegetable oils and meat products:
Students will carry out a research project at other institutions and companies to supplement their knowledge with practical skills. The inclusion of professionals and lecturers from outside the University (from the food industry, research centres and other Spanish or European institutions) and their participation in European projects and thematic networks of excellence will facilitate student mobility.
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The Master’s Degree will be mainly taught in Spanish, although English and Catalan may also be used depending on the students and lecturers on the course.
Admissions to the Master’s Degree are subject to candidates holding a bachelor’s degree, a first- or second-cycle Spanish diploma or a foreign qualification accredited by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Students in possession of non-accredited foreign degrees who have a level of training that is equivalent to a Spanish bachelor’s degree shall be admitted at the discretion of the University of Lleida. According to the Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 30 October 2007, admission to master’s degree courses will require prospective students to hold an official university degree.
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