- Inter-university programme - Joint degree offered by the two leading universities in Flanders
- High-level research-based education to solve food security problems in developing countries
- Farm to fork multi-disciplinary approach
Food should not only be produced, but it should also be delivered to the ultimate consumer in an acceptable form if it is to fulfil its nutritional destiny. To bring foods to the consumer in an acceptable form, on the one hand, processing technologies are used to convert edible raw materials into foods with decreased inherent stability; on the other hand preservation technologies are required to increase the stability and shelf life of foods.
Based on these considerations two technological dimensions are the key objectives: the transformation (processing) of raw materials into products suited for human consumption and the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods to the end consumer.
The Master of Science in Food Technology will prepare you to become a highly skilled professional in food technology, equipped with the necessary technical and managerial knowledge to successfully contribute to solving problems related to food security. The program particularly focuses on countries where food security is a current/future major concern and key challenge.
Semester 1 (September-January)
- preceded by introduction courses
- Food Science and Food Engineering at UGent
Semester 2 (February-June)
- Food Science and Food Engineering at KULeuven
Semester 3 (September-January) and Semester 4 (February-June)
- Major in Food Science and Technology (UGent) or
- Major in Postharvest and Food Preservation and Engineering (KULeuven)
- tailor-made sub programme including elective courses
- master dissertation at the University of the major
International applicants must have obtained an academic Bachelor of Science degree (in developing countries typically a 4-year programme) in a discipline related to the content of the programme from a recognized University, College or Institute. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in at least three out of four of the following fields: (i) mathematics, statistics and physics, (ii) chemistry and biochemistry, (iii) biology and microbiology and (iv) engineering, with an end result of at least second class upper or equivalent. Each application will be evaluated by the Educational Committee for admission. Applicants are fluent in English (written and oral). Candidates from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have obtained a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL test (or a score of at least 80 on an internet-based TOEFL test) or at least 6,5 on the IELTS test.
Direct access is given to students who are, based on the specific entrance requirements of those programmes, directly admitted to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Technology (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelentechnologie) at KU Leuven or to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Nutrition (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelenwetenschappen en Voeding) at UGent.
Access is given to students who are, based on the specific entrance requirements of those programmes, admitted to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Technology (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelentechnologie) at KU Leuven or to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Nutrition (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelenwetenschappen en Voeding) at UGent after successful completion of a preparatory programme (15 to 60 credits) or transitional programme (45 to 90 credits).
Partners: KULeuven, Belgium
- Tuition fee: to be confirmed
- Bench fee (course material, lab exercise material, study trip cost, etc.): € 250/academic year
- Living, insurance & accommodation expenses: min € 850/month
- Some scholarship schemes take charge of particular costs
Scholarships: VLIR Scholarships are available. See: https://www.ugent.be/bw/en/education/scholarships
Consortium website: www.iupfood.be