Master in Physiological & Psychological FOOD Choice Determinants (P2FOOD)

General

Program Description

P²food is a 2-year, course-based, full-time international research Master’s Degree focused on the physiological and psychological determinants of food choice, offered by the University of Burgundy – Franche-Comté and AgroSup Dijon.

Food plays a much bigger role in consumers’ lives than simply feeding them. Each day, humans make several food choices. Their diet has a considerable impact on their nutritional status and health, but also on the environment.

A greater understanding of the reasons for consumers’ choice of foods is needed in order to set up effective programs and develop new products, to improve dietary patterns in line with recommendations, and to increase food sustainability. Although seemingly simple, food choices are complex behaviors that depend on many factors and their interactions. In this Master’s Degree, a key focus is placed on the physiological and psychological factors of food choice.

Program description

As a student in this Master’s program, you will gain in-depth knowledge about food properties and fundamental insights about human food behavior. You will acquire sensory and consumer research methodology. You will come to understand the mechanisms of hunger, satiety, and satiation, and the factors involved in palatability. You will study the influence of stress and mood on food behaviors, and explore the ways in which cultural context influences food choices. You will examine the importance of representation and consumer attitudes towards food, as well as the reasons for resistance to dietary change. You will understand why it is necessary to take on this issue in an interdisciplinary way.

Curriculum

Our approach is student-centered and participative. It combines lectures, seminars and practicals, workshops and individual/team projects. The modules below are indicative of those offered in this program. This list is based on the current organization and may change year to year in response to new needs in the food industry.

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Future career prospects

This Master’s Degree aims at providing students with job-relevant competencies and skills for a career in industry (project leader or research engineer in nutrition; consumer science and R&D departments of international companies) or an academic position (food and consumer research; sensory and cognitive neuroscience research; food, nutrition and health research, etc.)

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (180 ECTS) in food sciences, nutrition, biology, and biochemistry. Those having completed a Master’s Degree or equivalent (240 ECTS) related to psychology or neurosciences can apply directly to the 2nd year.

Candidates for whom English is not their mother tongue or who haven’t done their studies in English will have to give a certificate to attest of their English level. The following tests will be accepted as a certification of the required English level:

  • CECRL: level B2 minimum
  • TOEFL: 87 points minimum
  • TOEIC: 785 points minimum
  • BULATS: 60 points minimum
  • First Certificate English of Cambridge
  • Bright Language Test: level 3 minimum

Such a document is not necessary for candidates for whom English is their mother tongue, or who have validated a minimum of one semester in English during their Bachelor of Science. However, in both cases, the candidates must absolutely mention it in their application file.

Once the application file is considered as “complete”, several criteria will be taken into account for the selection:

  • The university level (grades).
  • A strong interest in the sector adds value to your file. This interest can be shown by experience in this field (internship, project, and experiences) and/or explained in the cover letter. This will be even more important if you are planning to take your studies back or change your field of study.
  • The professional project.

Application procedure

Students with a French diploma should apply from 21/04/2019 to 21/06/2019 via e-candidate.

Candidates who have the nationality of European Union countries, European Economic Area countries or Swiss Confederation:

Apply via UBFC application portal.

  • Opening date: 14th February 2019
  • Deadline: 21st June 2019

Candidates who have the nationality of countries OUTSIDE the European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation AND who live in one of the following countries with a Campus France office:

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Guinea (Guinea-Conakry), Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.

Apply via UBFC application portal

  • Opening date: 14th February 2019
  • Deadline: 21st June 2019

If you receive an official notification of acceptance you must create an account on your country of residence’s Campus France website and complete their files from the tab «Je suis accepté» or «I am accepted» and apply for a visa.

Candidates from all other countries:

Apply via UBFC application portal

  • Opening date: 14th February 2019
  • Deadline: 21st June 2019

Grants

A recent reform has been implemented in France’s higher education system: starting from 2019, international students who are not citizen of a country inside European economic area or Switzerland who register for the first time in a French higher education course will have to pay specific fees (equivalent to one third of the real cost of the formation). These amounts equal to 3770€ for a Master or Ph.D.

Fellowship grants are awarded each year to high-quality foreign students, by the University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (25 grants in 2018). They can also have access to a wide range of funding programs (Grants from French embassies, AUF bursaries, etc.).

Foreign students (outside of EU) will have to justify a minimum of financial resources to obtain their VISA: at least 615€ for every month spent in France (10 months).

Last updated August 2019

About the School

University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic go ... Read More

University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic goals are to foster Excellence and Internationalization of BFC Higher Education and Research; increase attractiveness for national & international Students, Professors & Researchers; develop Innovation, Transfer and socioeconomic Partnerships. Read less
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