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What is the 'European Master of Food Science, Technology and Business' all about?. The new two-year European Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Business (BiFTec) is jointly organised by . Read more

What is the 'European Master of Food Science, Technology and Business' all about?

The new two-year European Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Business (BiFTec) is jointly organised by three European partner institutions: KU Leuven, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (HSA) and Catholic University of Portugal (UCP). It fosters innovation and technology to help you cope with future needs and sustainability. BiFTec adopts a horizontal, multidisciplinary approach to a broad range of topics related to food production, processing and agribusiness. The programme also offers specialisation with state-of-the-art courses on food processing, development, and business. Upon graduation, you will receive a joint degree from the three consortium partners.

BiFTec attracts students from all over the world, which adds a valuable intercultural element to your experience. In addition to positions offered directly by the consortium partners, you will get the opportunity to conduct your professional competence module and/or your master’s thesis research at an associated partner institution or organisation in New Zealand, the USA, Russia, Italy, Poland, or Germany.


The objectives of the programme are to:

  • provide the learning environment necessary for the development of the students.
  • promote an understanding of Food Science, Technology and Business.
  • focus on student-centred learning.
  • provide modules in core areas and a range of modules in selected optional areas, where partners have centres of excellence and in which students wish to develop specific expertise. The modules will develop selected topics to the forefront of existing knowledge.
  • promote a critical evaluation of scientific and technological developments and how they impact the selected modules.
  • provide lectures, labs, tutorials, seminars, workshops and site visits where the student will be guided through a process of personal scientific discovery and development.
  • promote a European dimension by facilitating the student to undertake the modules or the project in different European partner institutions.
  • foster a global dimension through exchanges of scholars and students with associated member institutions.

Overall learning outcomes:

  • An ability to critically evaluate recent developments in Food Science, Technology and Business;
  • A critical appreciation of evolving issues and future global directions in general issues and in food production and processing.
  • An enquiring approach and the capability to contribute to innovative research and development in selected modules;
  • An ability to communicate effectively and defend their work in written, oral and poster format, good reporting and presentation skills;
  • Critical knowledge of current developments in Food Biotechnology, Food Safety and Quality Management, Product Development and Process Management, Business and Economics in Food Industry, Innovations in Food Technology and Environmental Practices and Sustainability;
  • An awareness and knowledge of best practice and legislation in food production, development, processing, distribution and economics;
  • The capacity to evaluate and select optimal methodology;
  • Demonstrate professional competencies in a chosen field.

Career perspectives

The BiFTec-programme prepares competent employees for sectors including food production, processing and agribusiness as well as for industry and academia.

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