MSc in Food Science and Technology

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Program Description

MSc in Food Science and Technology

Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Master of Science (Msc) in Food Science and Technology

In the two-year Food Science and Technology programme you will learn about the challenges associated with food production, food safety , food quality and health. And you will have the opportunity to develop foods based on gastronomic know-how and consumer knowledge.

The programme is offered in English.

Food, quality and safety are much debated topics in our society and are important issues for the individual consumer.

The rapid development which has taken place in recent decades within technology and biological science has created completely new ways of producing and processing foods. And large parts of the world are looking to Denmark when it comes to the development of foods. Food should offer experiences, eliminate lifestyle diseases, be sustainable and be produced under safe conditions.

With a degree from the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology, you will be an expert in developing the foods of the future.

Profile and Career

If you are interested in how foods are developed, what they consist of and how you can manage a production process from raw materials to finished product, the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology is what you are looking for.

A degree in food science and technology enables you to work on the challenges associated with food production, food safety, food quality and health. And you are able to develop foods based on gastronomic know-how and consumer knowledge.


Competence Description

Increasing technologicalisation has made food production extremely complex, and there is a growing need for highly qualified food science graduates who can grasp and apply the new technologies.

As a graduate from the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology, you are, among other things, also able to:

  • Account for the handling of raw materials and the processing principles behind one or more of the foods meat, dairy products, grain products and vegetables.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on international food legislation and quality control systems.
  • Participate in public debates on food research and the importance of the food industry for society in general.


Career opportunities

The food industry is one of Denmark’s most important sectors, and many opportunities exist for food science graduates. Also, increasing technologicalisation has made food production extremely complex, and there is a growing need for highly qualified graduates who can grasp and apply the new technologies.

  • You can, for example, work with product development, quality management and company management in food companies.
  • You can become involved in developing new and healthy foods or working to prevent undesirable bacteria from entering the products.
  • As the programme is taught in English and the food industry is globally oriented, the programme gives you a solid foundation for an international career.

You can read more about career opportunities in connection with the individual specialisations at the programme structure page.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme in Food Science and Technology consists of compulsory courses, elective courses and thematic courses building on the knowledge you have acquired on food issues and food production.

At a high academic level, you learn about, for example, food chemistry, microbiology, food technology, nutrition, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, gastronomy and consumer choices.
Teaching in the MSc programme in Food Science and Technology

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

You will be in contact with the real world as you will be working with the challenges that are also important outside the University’s walls.

There is a well-established collaboration between the students and the business community that ensures excellent prospects for internships or project collaborations, providing you with a unique experience and a good network.

The programme will give you ample opportunity to strengthen your international competences, for instance through study trips abroad.


Specialisations

You can either follow a general track or choose a number of specialisations:

  • Dairy Technology
  • Brewing Science and Technology
  • Food Safety
  • Process Analytical Technology
  • Sensory Science
  • Individual Specialisation


Master's thesis

You finish your MSc studies by writing a thesis, which is a large scientific project corresponding to six or nine months of instruction. You can write your thesis on your own or in a group. You gain the title Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science and Technology (in Danish: cand.techn.al.).

The thesis is often based on a specific problem from a food company or a research project.

Examples of theses:

  • Quick method for determining salmonella
  • New methodology for determining the fat content in whole milk powder
  • What constitutes good eating quality in pork, and how do consumers perceive this?
  • Addition of antioxidants to packaging


Study Abroad

It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad for one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; for instance you can take a summer school course.

 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
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
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2 years
Full time
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Start date Sept. 2017
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Denmark Copenhagen
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Duration 2 years
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