Food Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
To fulfil its nutritional destiny, food must be both safely produced and safely delivered to its end consumer. This requires processing technologies for converting edible raw materials into foods with decreased inherent stability, and, on the other, preservation technologies for increasing the stability and shelf life of foods. The Food Technology program is delivered by KU Leuven.


What is the Master of Food Technology at KU Leuven all about?

The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) focuses on two technological dimensions of prime and crucial importance in food processing and preservation:

  • the transformation (processing) of raw materials into products suited for human consumption
  • the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods to the end consumer.

These two concerns are directly translated in the focus points of the IUPFOOD programme.

The InterUniversity Programme in Food Technology is jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University (UGent). The programme builds on KU Leuven’s and UGent’s combined expertise in research and education in the field of food technology.

Career perspectives

IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a programme that takes the specific needs and approaches of developing countries into account. The IUPFOOD programme prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research. IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:

  • academic institutions (as teaching and/or research staff)
  • research institutes (as research staff)
  • nongovernmental organisations (in different capacities)
  • governmental institutes (e.g. in research programmes, quality surveillance programmes or national nutritional programmes)
  • private industry (in particular jobs related to quality control)

Programme Structure

The Master of Science in Food Technology (120 ECTS) consists of four major segments:

  • In-depth education segment 
  • Specialisation segment 
  • Elective courses segment 
  • Master’s thesis segment 

In the first year of the Master's programme, students will spend the first semester in Ghent and the second semester in Leuven. The second stage courses of the majors 'Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering' and 'Food Science and Technology' are taught respectively at KU Leuven and UGent; at both universities, optional courses and thesis research topics are offered.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


    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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Academic Requirements

International applicants must have obtained an academic Bachelor of Science degree (in countries in the South typically a 4-year programme) in a discipline related to the content of the programme from a recognized University, College or Institute. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields: mathematics and statistics, physics and engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, biology and microbiology.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 870 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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