European Master in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, Technology and Business


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Program Description

This two-year European Master fosters innovation and technology to help you excel with future needs and sustainability within our FOOD4S ("food force") paradigm: Sustainable Food Systems Science and Engineering.

What is the program all about?

The European Master of Food Science, Technology and Business (Ghent et al) adopts a multidisciplinary approach to a broad range of topics under the umbrella of food sciences.

This program offers in-depth courses, a professional competence module, and an MSc thesis project, which allows specialization in the domains of Innovative Technology, Energy and Food Chains, Risk and Safety, and Sustainable Food Production and Business. Upon successful graduation, you will receive a joint degree.


The program is a two-year program, organized in a clear modular format consisting of ten modules in year one, and with evaluation at the end of each module.

You are required to take six compulsory courses and four optional courses organized by the institutions with expertise in that field.

You will complete a professional competence module, and work on a scientific project in one of the partner institutions or in an approved workplace that will culminate in your master’s thesis.


Is this the right program for me?

To be eligible you must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in food science and technology, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, or a related field of food science.

The ideal prospective student is:

  • Keen to develop a career in food science and technology related to food production, processing, and health.
  • Aware of the need for increased food quantity and quality for an expanding population.
  • Interested in food science using biotechnology to gain insight into the implications of the technologies used.
  • The student should show proficiency in oral and written English.


The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide the learning environment necessary for the development of the students.
  • Promote an understanding of Food Science, Technology and Business.
  • Focus on student-centered learning.
  • Provide modules in core areas and a range of modules in selected optional areas, where partners have centers of excellence and in which students wish to develop specific expertise. The modules will develop selected topics to the forefront of existing knowledge.
  • Promote a critical evaluation of scientific and technological developments and how they impact the selected modules.
  • Provide lectures, labs, tutorials, seminars, workshops and site visits where the student will be guided through a process of personal scientific discovery and development.
  • Promote a European dimension by facilitating the student to undertake the modules or the project in different European partner institutions.
  • Foster a global dimension through exchanges of scholars and students with associated member institutions.

Overall learning outcomes

  • An ability to critically evaluate recent developments in Food Science, Technology and Business;
  • A critical appreciation of evolving issues and future global directions in general issues and in food production and processing.
  • An enquiring approach and the capability to contribute to innovative research and development in selected modules;
  • An ability to communicate effectively and defend their work in written, oral and poster format, good reporting and presentation skills;
  • Critical knowledge of current developments in Food Biotechnology, Food Safety and Quality Management, Product Development and Process Management, Business and Economics in Food Industry, Innovations in Food Technology and Environmental Practices and Sustainability;
  • Awareness and knowledge of best practice and legislation in food production, development, processing, distribution, and economics;
  • The capacity to evaluate and select optimal methodology;
  • Demonstrate professional competencies in a chosen field.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares competent employees for varied sectors of work including food production, food processing, agribusiness, and positions at educational institutions, government departments, and private companies.

You will be highly skilled and prepared for work at the highest professional level and able to solve problems and present research.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain specialization, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.

Last updated Sep 2020

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