MSc in Food Innovation and Health

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Food Innovation and Health

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

MSc in Food Innovation and Health

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Food Innovation and Health, you contribute to developing healthy foods. You work with innovation in the cross-field between food and health with a view to increasing the offering of healthy, tasty food.

The programme is offered in English.

Our consumption of food has changed. Today, more and more of our meals are already partially or fully prepared before we enter the kitchen.

At the same time, obesity and malnourishment are growing problems in society. As an expert on Food Innovation and Health, you can contribute to countering this social development.

The programme combines knowledge about nutrition, innovation and entrepreneurship with food chemistry, culinary techniques and consumer experience.

Profile and Career

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Food Innovation and Health, you will have completed a scientific, application-oriented programme that challenges traditional concepts of gastronomy. You will be able to apply principles of science in the preparation of food and thus make healthy food tastier and more satisfying.

Throughout your studies, you will build up solid competences within areas such as gastronomy, food safety, nutrition and foods as well as our perception of foods. You will have knowledge about the role that our diet plays to the individual and to public health in general. And you will have an insight into our food culture and dietary habits in a cultural and societal context.

As an expert on Food Innovation and Health, you can thus contribute to the development of healthy and tasty food in the Danish and Nordic food culture.

Competence Description

  • The unique combination of specialist knowledge, methodologies and techniques means that as an MSc in Food Innovation and Healthyou will be an expert in, among other things:
  • Developing new tasty and nutritionally correct products, services and meals
  • Planning and driving initiatives in connection with the development of the Danish food culture
  • Being aware of consumers’ demands for tasty and healthy food and positive experiences in connection with food and eating
  • Performing advisory and managerial tasks in relation to gastronomy and health for private companies and public institutions
  • Teaching and conducting research in gastronomy and health at a high level of excellence

Career Opportunities

With a degree in Food Innovation and Health, you will be able to carry out consulting work in food Innovation and Health as well as perform assignments in connection with gastronomic health promotion, e.g. in private companies and within the health sector.

You will be able to work with development, management and administration within niche production, gastronomic product development and health promotion in society in general.

The programme is also aimed at product development of flavourful and appetising convenience foods in the food industry, and you will be able to work with teaching and research as well.

Programme Structure

The study programme consists of compulsory and elective courses, thematic courses and a thesis. The working methods vary and include lectures, project work and excursions to provide students with both academic and practical knowledge as well as analytical and methodological qualifications.

The programme may include study trips and internships.

In the compulsory courses, you will learn about, among other things, nutrition, food safety and the role bioactive components play in our health.

Other courses focus on the human sensory apparatus and consumer preferences, including psychological and market-economic aspects in connection with consumer behaviour, as well as methods of assessing the sensory properties and consumer experience of foods and meals.

In a large thematic course, you will work with gastronomy and health in practice, including classical and new food production techniques as well as methods used in the gourmet kitchen.

You learn about molecular gastronomy, raw material quality and food design. And you will acquire knowledge about the history and aesthetics of gastronomy as well as theories related to the composition of meals.

The course offers a possibility for innovation in collaboration with external partners; for instance, students attending the programme in 2010 developed muesli, wholegrain bread and meatballs with seaweed in collaboration with a company.

You will finish your studies by writing a thesis. Here, you will be working independently on an academic topic of your own choice. You may either do experimental work or analytical work based on collected data.

Teaching in the MSc programme in Food Innovation and Health

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical and theoretical exercises, and there will be a good deal of project work. You will be working both independently and in project groups.

As a student in the MSc programme in Food Innovation and Health, you will also have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Gastronomic Playroom’. The programme has an 80 sq m experimental kitchen at its disposal, where students can meet once a week with student chefs, professional chefs and students from other study programmes. Here, you can experiment with food and techniques – and thus contribute to substantiating, subverting and taunting our notions of food.

 When and how to apply

The application procedure for EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens

  • Make sure to check the admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Service if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist) - Language tests and certified diplomas can be forwarded through the online application portal up until study start.
  • From 1 February to 1 April you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 1 April (Fall Semester).
  • After 1 April application deadline, your application will be evaluated by an academic admissions committee.
  • You will receive a response no later than 15 June.
  • Study start 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure Non-EU/EEA Citizens

  • Make sure to check the programme admission requirements.
  • Contact SCIENCE Student Services if you have questions.
  • Prepare your relevant documentations (see checklist). Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • From 15 November to 15 January you can send your application through THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL
  • We must receive your application no later than 15 January (Fall Semester).
  • Your application is evaluated by an academic admission committee between 15 January and 15 March: All applicants offered admission will receive an invoice for tuition fees which must be paid by 15 April
  • If admitted, you will receive your letter of admission after we have received your tuition fee payment.
  • 1 May is the deadline for applying for your residence permit.

Checklist for Documentation

In order to make sure we have all the information needed to evaluate your past achievements and future potential, you are required to submit the following items:

  • An original or certified copy* of your academic transcript from your Bachelor degree. If the transcript is in a language other than English or a Scandinavian language, please include an official English translation.
  • A certified copy* of your Bachelor diploma. If you are yet to receive your diploma, please provide a letter from your university stating the date when the diploma will be issued.
  • Course descriptions of courses undertaken in your Bachelor degree relevant to the programme you are applying for. These can be in the form of photocopies from your university's academic handbook/course lists or print-outs from the university's website. They should describe what was required of you to complete the courses, what was studied and hours of study. These course descriptions allow us to understand exactly what you have studied in your prior degree, and help us to determine whether you meet the requirements and are eligible for the MSc degree at the Faculty of Science.
  • An updated version of your C.V. (curriculum vitae)/résumé A photo is not necessary.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Should you have more than one passport (citizenship) please copy the passport with which you will use to travel to Denmark. NB: You must use your EU/EEA passport should you wish to be given a tuition fee waiver.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to native English speakers) 1) Acceptable TOEFL/IELTS exam results (these test results should be sent to us separately from the test centre upon your request) OR 2) Proof that English was the language of instruction in your prior education. See more information on the language requirements.

* An official certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been certified as a true and correct copy by a person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration. Official certified copies are usually a photocopy of the original document stamped, signed and verified by an official in your country. Each country varies in whom is qualified to certify documents, however generally speaking your university, lawyers and embassies can certify documents for you, so that we can verify that what we have is a true replica of the original (and therefore determine if you are eligible for the MSc with us).

Please note that when you apply for admission through the digital application system, you are responsible for including and uploading all relevant documents listed in the application package as described above. If you do not have the necessary documentation at time of application you must instead upload an explanation. You can not continue the application process, if you fail to upload information when the application system requires it.

Please note that if you are admitted to an MSc programme at SCIENCE, you may be requested to present your original diploma and transcript at your arrival in Denmark. This will allow us to verify the documents.

If you have already applied digitally, you can always log on to the system and check up on the status of where in the application process your application currently is. Once your application is processed, you will also receive messages regarding your application through the online application system.

Application deadlines

  • EU/ EEA/Swiss applicants:   

1 April 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

  • Non EU/ EEA applicants:   

15 January 2014 for admission 1 September 2014

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Copenhagen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - No tuition fee - EU/EEA