This programme is aimed at students who want to learn more about food and who want to work with innovative future foods, for instance as a part of the solution to major health issues such as malnutrition and obesity. The programme covers the design and production of foods with health benefits. You will learn about subjects such as food chemistry, food processing, surface and colloid chemistry, microbiology, nutrition and food analysis.

The programme is closely aligned to market needs and there is a strong emphasis on engineering sciences. During your studies, you will meet not only world-leading researchers within the department but also guest lecturers from various food companies working with, for example, product development and marketing. Our links to local industry are strong, and our focus on innovation is high; many of our researchers have converted research results into successful entrepreneurial enterprises, such as Oatly, Optifreeze, Probi and Solve.

Courses feature both theoretical and practical learning, and we ensure our students understand both the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the subjects they study. Many projects are highly product-focused, and often include visits to local companies as well as industry advisors who help guide students through their projects. In order to cope with the programme, we recommend that the students have knowledge of unit operations, thermodynamics and laboratory skills from their Bachelor’s degree.

After completing this programme, you will:

  • have achieved a high level of broad skills in food technology and nutrition to meet the global challenges of food security.
  • have improved your communication skills through discussions, debates and by practising written and oral presentations of projects.
  • be able to suggest processing conditions for the industrial manufacture of high-quality food products in terms of nutritional and sensory properties and with regard to raw materials, convenience, energy and sustainability.

Programme modules/courses

Compulsory courses and number of credits: Food Chemistry and Nutrition (7.5), Food Microbiology (7.5), Food Engineering (7.5), Food Technology for Formulation (7.5), The Relationship Between Food Industry, Society and Consumers (7.5), Project on food product development (15).

Alternative compulsory courses, “Specialisation”: At least one of Enzyme Technology (7.5), Probiotics (7.5), Surface and Colloid Chemistry (7.5).

Alternative compulsory courses, “Sustainability”: At least one of Environmental Issues (7.5), Green Chemistry and Biotechnology (7.5), Quality and Product Safety (7.5).

Elective courses and number of credits: Chromatographic Analysis (7.5), Environmental Biotechnology (7.5), Unit Operations for the Biotechnology and Food Industry (7.5), Swedish for Beginners (7.5), Heat Transfer (7.5), Design of Experiments (7.5), Packaging Logistics (7.5), BioAnalytical Chemistry (7.5), Advanced course in any field (15).

Courses in total: 90 credits, Master’s degree project (30).

Career prospects

Your future job could be anywhere in the world, in a small or large multinational company, a government authority, a university or another organisation. For those students who wish to continue as a researcher, there is the option to go on to studies at the doctoral level.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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