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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


    Food Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    €2083 (European/EEA students) €13.700 (non European students)

  • Last Updated

    06 December 2018

Course content

The international dairy sector

The master Innovative Dairy Chain Management from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences focuses on the international dairy chain from grass to glass. High quality dairy products that are available and affordable for all and that are made with a fair share for all chain stakeholders are central to this master.

It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of the chain facilitator working for processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain.  “Innovative” stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production,

processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas.

Graduates of this master contribute to the renewal of professional practice in the dairy chain and bridge the gap between theory and practice. They are capable of mainstreaming, stimulating and implementing technical and organisational changes that lead to increased governance, efficiency and sustainability of the entire chain. Changing market conditions such as fluctuating milk prices, supply and demand, changing milk quality standards, critical awareness of the society and new technologies are some of the challenges the sector is facing. This master delivers professionals competent and available for the international dairy sector.

The educational programme will make use of cases from dairy countries with a high reputation (e.g. the Netherlands and New Zealand) as well as from countries in transition (e.g. China and India). It is all about the international dairy industry and providing a reliable and sufficient volume of quality milk.


Upon graduating, you will be able to:

• identify innovative needs in (inter)national dairy chain projects and processes

• advise on dairy business development

• facilitate dairy chain governance towards sustainability and efficiency

• mainstream policy development for inclusive dairy value chains

• manage quality assurance in the dairy chain

• conduct applied research in a dairy value chain

• communicate effectively and convincingly in a varying multicultural sector

• apply an independent and creative learning attitude in a continuously changing international business environment

Career opportunities

Graduates from this master are facilitators of change, they facilitate

simple and complex change or transition processes in the international dairy sector. Their ambition is the transition towards a sustainable (inter)national dairy chain. This overall role is essential for the three job profiles for which this master is intended:

  • Chain professional (e.g. logistic manager, supply chain manager, strategy/policy manager, sales manager, corporate sustainability manager, product & marketing manager, project manager, CSR manager)
  • Chain advisor (e.g. nutrition expert, financial expert, technical account manager)
  • Visionary farm manager


Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work. Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc) is taught at our VHL location in Leeuwarden. The language of instruction is English.

More information?

Would you like to meet us on Skype or join a webinar? Visit our website for more information!

Visit the Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc) page on the Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences website for more details!





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