Master in Food Science

Latvia University of Agriculture

Program Description

Master in Food Science

Latvia University of Agriculture

The masters program "Food Science" is offered by the Faculty of Food Technology, that, since the establishment in 1948, has trained more than 5,000 food and hospitality industry specialists for professional career and life; they are now successfully working in food manufacturing companies, government institutions, scientific research and vocational education institutions, as well as running their own businesses. The faculty offers dynamic studies in a modern environment, as well as possibilities to improve knowledge and skills in companies and in partner universities as Latvia, as abroad.

Academic profile The programme is aimed to educate academically educated specialists and new scientists with creative thought and competence to make decisions for promoting future development of food science and food production in Europe, competitiveness in foreign markets. The Master study programme covers food product structure-mechanical properties, food sensory evaluation, sensory and consumer science, regulation of biochemical processes in human body, functional properties of food, natural substances in food system, food shelf-life analysis, development tendencies in nutrition science, genetically modified food, physical-and-chemical properties and metrology, food additive application, in food safety and identification of microorganisms, quality systems in food circulation, food system innovative development, entrepreneurship and marketing, perspective solutions in food packaging. The study programme is completed with the elaboration and defense of the Master thesis.

Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree of Engineering Sciences in Food Science, Bachelor's degree of Natural Sciences, Engineer qualification in Food and Beverage Technology, Professional Bachelor's degree in Catering and Hotel Management. English requirements: CEFR B2, IELTS score 5.5, TOEFL score 520, TOEFL-iBT score 65.

Career prospects and further studies The graduates work in all kind of food companies. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective doctoral programme in universities in Latvia or abroad.

Study plan

Academic study courses - part A

  • 1 Food Safety
  • 2 Regulation of Biochemical Process
  • 3 Food Microstructure and Texture Properties
  • 4 Metrology
  • 5 Instrumental Analysis of Food Products
  • 6 Advanced Trends of Nutrition
  • 7 Innovation of Food System
  • 8 Functional Foods
  • 9 Genetic Modify Food
  • 10 Advanced Food Packing
  • 11 Natural Substances in Food Systems I
  • 12 Application of Foods Additives
  • 13 Toxicology
  • 14 Design of Sensory Evaluation
  • 15 Identification of Microorganisms
  • 16 Natural Substances in Food Systems II
  • 17 Food and Entrepreneurship
  • 18 Quality Systems in Food Chain
  • 19 Sensory and Consumer Science
  • 20 Food science

Total: 67,5 ECTS

Professional selected study courses - part B

  • 1 Cosmetic
  • 2 Food Circulation and Legislation
  • 3 Innovations for Foodservice Equipment
  • 4 Analysis of Food Shelf life
  • 5 Consumer and Food Marketing

Total: 15 ECTS

Master Thesis: 37.5 ECTS

Total: 120 ECTS

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 26, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
3,500 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Latvia Jelgava
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Duration 2 years
Price 3,500 EUR