Master of Food Technology (Leuven)


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Program Description

To fulfill its nutritional destiny, food must be both safely produced and safely delivered to its end consumer. This requires, on the one hand, processing technologies for converting edible raw materials into foods with decreased inherent stability, and, on the other, preservation technologies for increasing the stability and shelf life of foods.

What is the program all about?

The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) focuses on two technological dimensions of prime and crucial importance in food processing and preservation:

  • The transformation (processing) of raw materials into products suited for human consumption.
  • The role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods to the end consumer.

These two concerns are directly translated into the focus points of the IUPFOOD program.

The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) is jointly organized by KU Leuven and Ghent University (UGent). The program builds on KU Leuven’s and UGent’s combined expertise in research and education in the field of food technology.


The Master of Science in Food Technology (120 ECTS) consists of four major segments:

  • In-depth education segment (60 ECTS).
  • Specialization segment (18 ECTS).
  • Elective courses segment (12 ECTS).
  • Master’s thesis segment (30 ECTS).

In the first year of the Master's program, students will spend the first semester in Ghent and the second semester in Leuven. The second stage courses of the majors 'Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering' and 'Food Science and Technology' are taught respectively at KU Leuven and UGent; at both universities, optional courses and thesis research topics are offered.

Is this the right program for me?

Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in transcripts) in at least three out of four of the following fields:

  • Mathematics, statistics, and physics.
  • Chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Biology and microbiology.
  • Engineering.

Each application will be evaluated by the Educational Committee, which issues all admission decisions. As English is the language of instruction, participants should be fluent in both written and spoken English.

Career opportunities

IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a program that takes the specific needs and approaches to develop countries into account. The IUPFOOD program prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research. IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:

  • Academic institutions (as teaching and/or research staff).
  • Research institutes (as research staff).
  • Nongovernmental organizations (in different capacities).
  • Governmental institutes (e.g. in research programs, quality surveillance programs or national nutritional programs).
  • Private industry (in particular jobs related to quality control).

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 Mar 2020

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