As a Master of Science in Food Technology student, you will gain world-leading competences within the development of food production and risk assessment. The study programme is based on leading scientific knowledge on modern production principles and practical knowledge from the industry. The study programme will provide you with the competences that are necessary to produce healthy and safe food products of a high standard, which is crucial for the food industry to meet the wishes of consumers.
The study programme gives you the opportunity to focus on either the development of food production or on food safety (risk assessment, risk control and the like). There are no fixed specialisations. On the contrary, students will be instructed individually on how to create a syllabus organised around building the desired competences.
Food technology is an innovative and exciting field of study and work, which is characterised by an interdisciplinarity that calls for knowledge from a wide range of areas to be able to meet the challenges from the global market, changing consumer demands, sustainability, social responsibility as well as being competitive.
The object of the Master programme is to procure an understanding of modern food production and an in-depth knowledge within technologies which are related to the production of healthy and safe food products. This provides graduates with the qualifications needed to work with analysis, design, development, control and management of food production. Furthermore, it is possible to supplement the study programme with knowledge from chemical engineering, biotechnology and mathematical modelling.
Structure of Study Programme
The Master of Science in Food Technology programme is a two-year programme and consists of four blocks:
- General Subject Competences
- Technological Specialisation
- Elective Courses
- Master Thesis
The “General Subject Competences” block is to ensure that all Food Technology students work from a common base.
To see the courses comprised by the individual blocks, check out the Study Handbook.
It is possible to achieve a number of special competences by putting together courses from the “Technological Specialisation” block, and it is also possible to add elective courses corresponding to up to a quarter of the 120 ECTS points which the programme covers. The final thesis constitutes between 30 and 50 ECTS points; the thesis together with the elective courses must not exceed 60 ECTS points.
Learn more about the individual courses and specific requirements for attaining the Master of Science in Food Technology degree in the Study Handbook.
There are four recommended lines of study, which offer special competences:
- Food Safety and Risk Assessment
- Food Production and Product Development
- Food Science and Biotechnology
- Innovation, Management and Production
The teaching at DTU is organised in four-hour blocks. One block typically consists of an introductory lecture, followed by assignment work in groups with fellow students.
At National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark researchers specialising within the relevant subjects are in charge of the teaching. This ensures that the knowledge you obtain is always up to date, and that students are provided with insights into research, innovation and consultancy, which are the areas of activity of the department, from the very beginning of their time of study.
Project work features in most of the courses, and this can take the form of theoretical studies or experimental work. Project work is used to study topics covered by the course in more depth.
It is crucial that you strengthen your communicative competences, and so all project work results must be presented in the form of a report, a poster or an oral presentation.
With a degree in Food Technology, you have the qualifications needed to work in food companies and affiliated industries that concentrate on production, quality and safety in production lines, nationally as well as internationally.
As a Master of Science in Food Technology graduate, you have the qualifications needed to participate in innovative processes, product development, quality control or management in very modern food-producing companies, public authorities (e.g. food control), public or private R&D, or within the consultancy and counselling business.
With a Master of Science in Food Technology degree you can also apply for a PhD scholarship.
Learn more on becoming a PhD at National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.
Admission Requirements and Admission
In order to get accepted as a student on the Master of Science in Food Technology programme you must hold a Bachelor degree in technical science in “Human Life Science Engineering”, “Chemistry and Technology”, “Biotechnology” or a similar academic degree. Holders of a Bachelor in “Chemistry and Biotechnology” will also be accepted.
Bachelors in the natural sciences are accepted based on an individual assessment with a view to achieving the title of Master of Science in Technology.
If you want to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Food Technology programme at DTU please contact International Affairs.
Associate Professor Bo Jørgensen