Joint European Master in Food Innovation and Product Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)


A consortium of 5 top-ranking European Universities:
  • Université Paris Saclay and AgroParisTech - France
  • Dublin Institute of Technology - Ireland
  • University of Naples Federico II - Italy
  • Lund University - Sweden

These universities, amongst the oldest and most prestigious institutes in Europe, offer this truly integrated and unique programme, adopting a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach: from initial conception through prototypes to consumption, from raw materials to packaged goods.

FIPDes students study, live and get professional experience in four different EU countries. They benefit from the most competitive and innovative learning environments, based on participative learning, team work, R&D projects and hands-on trainings in collaboration with pioneering research, culinary & industrial laboratories.

FIPDes is training a new generation of food professionals capable of working across borders, with an inclusive vision of innovation to create sound, sustainable and healthy food solutions for the future generations on this planet.

Choosing the Joint European Master in Food Innovation and Product Design from AgroParisTech - Institut des Sciences et Industries du Vivant et de l'Environnement, it’s a unique opportunity to:
  • Be able to successfully integrate and apply knowledge from different disciplines and cultural systems.
  • Undertake front-running applied projects in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.
  • Deepen your technical skills while exploring your creative abilities.
  • Empower your adaptability and entrepreneurship capabilities.
  • Shape a unique profile that would take many years to build when working in a company.
  • Get the European experience and networks to be ready for new incoming professional challenges at local and global scales.
  • Develop highly marketable soft-skills such as team-management, leadership, and English communication.
After the program, students will:
  • Have developed personal, social, leadership and intellectual skills in a multidisciplinarity context of food innovation and product design
  • Have a deep knowledge and be able to apply the values of scholarship, inquiry, reflexion, integrity, openmindness, evidence-based thinking and collegiality
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles and processes that underpin sustainable and innovative food development, including engineering, culinary, managerial and scientific aspects
  • Have advanced and specific innovation and design knowledge in the field of healthy food, product and process engineering or packaging
  • Be able to develop new knowledge or procedure and to integrate knowledge from different fields
  • Get insight and awareness of the socio-economic environment and reflect on relationships between individuals, society and economy, providing a holistic overview of food innovation from local to global scale
  • Get insight and awareness of industrial practices throughout the whole food supply chains, from raw materials to consumers
FIPDes graduates work worldwide.

They get jobs in different sectors of food innovation such as research, product development and entrepreneurship.

They can act at each level of the supply chain and get extremely diverse positions from consultant to CEO. FIPDes alumni act at corporate, SME or institutional level.

Programme Structure

First Year

The aim of the first study year is to provide a thorough and broad introduction to both food science & technology and innovation management, so as to assure mastery of core-knowledge in these fields.

Students will attend the first semester at AgroParisTech (Paris, France) and the second at DIT (Dublin, Ireland).

Students attend modules, projects and summer school in France and Ireland and a optional summer internship worldwide.

They acquire cutting-edge knowledge in food science and technology, sustainability, culinary innovation and business. Students undertake open-innovation projects such as the Junior Projects (engineering oriented) or the Food Prototype module (culinary oriented) and finally participate in a showcase challenge. The Joint FIPDes Summer School provides students with advanced sensory and consumer science modules and tutorials, while the international summer internship allows them to experience a new professional environment.

Second year

The second study year (M2) offers three specialisation pathways concerning strategic and emerging sectors of food product innovation. A salient feature of the second year course is the close cooperation with industry and interacting within active learning environments.

During the second year students specialize in one of three options in France, Italy or Sweden and prepare their MSc. Thesis worldwide.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    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: 90

    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

The deadline for application is May 5th. Deadline for application to an Erasmus Mundus scholarship is January 7th.

Application to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree FIPDes is made with the online application tool. Please make sure you select the "FIPDes" choice on the drop-down menu when you log in for the first time (after the verification of your email adress)

List of mandatory documents for the online application – all documents must be in PDF format files of max

  • Curriculum Vitae (if possible in European Format, see the Europass Website)
  • Original and translation in English or French of transcript of records for last academic year: Transcripts of academic records for each year of the BSc degree or equivalent (official signed and stamped transcripts with explanation of the grading system, and, if applicable, official translation in English or one of the languages of the Partner Universities: French, Italian, Swedish)
  • Letter of Motivation: motivation for the whole FIPDes programme & your personal choice and motivation for the second study year track. Please indicate at the end of the letter your first and second choice of the second year
    • ITALY, UNINA : Healthy Food Design
    • FRANCE, APT: Food Design and Engineering:
    • SWEDEN, LU : Food Packaging Design
  • Proof of English level (TOEFL): Proof of English Proficiency ("B2 level" according to CEFR, advanced) demonstrated in one of the following ways:
    • TOEFL at minimum level 575
    • Internet-based TOEFL at minimum level 90
    • IELTS at minimum level 6.5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
    • Students with English as their mother tongue (the copy of passport is needed to prove this)
    • Students who have completed a higher education degree with English as a medium of instruction (a certificate from the university is required to prove this)
    • Stay of more than a year in an English-speaking country (a certificate from employer or other as applicable, or a copy of the passport page showing visa to enter and leave the English-speaking country, is needed to prove this)
    • Exemptions can exceptionally be made for outstanding students with a lower English proficiency level
  • Recommendation letter: Two reference letters (signed and stamped, if possible use the FIPDes form)
List of the additional documents (to be attached as PDF files of max
  • Additional Document 1: Copy of BSc-degree or equivalent (Official copy of the official degree required, temporary certificates older than 2 years will not be accepted) plus Official translation of Degree (if applicable, official translation in English or one of the languages of the Partner Universities)
  • Additional Document 2: Scan of valid Passport (with photo, date of expiry and personal details) / ID can be accepted for European students only
  • Additional Document 3: Completed application form (using the provided form)

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 18000 International
  • EUR 9000 EU/EEA
  • For non-EU students, the subscription fees are € 9.000 per academic year / € 18.000 for the whole master course.
  • For EU students, the subscription fees are €4.500 per academic year / €9.000 for the whole master course.


The very best candidates for the FIPDes intake 2016 will receive a full or partial exemption of FIPDes subscription fees!

The range of the scholarships will be from whole fees exemption (18.000€ for Non-EU/9.000€ for EU students) to a quarter fees exemption (4.500€ Non-EU/2.250€ EU students).

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.