The European Master in Food Studies is based

on the partnership of 4 Universities & 9 companies !

Discover the European Master in Food Studies (EMFS)


EMFS is a specialization of MSc Food Technology of Wageningen University & Research (programme’s leading university).

The programme is managed by a Board of Governors which ensures that the training meets our established goals while continuously improving.

Graduates earn a MSc in Food Technology that is respected worldwide; see what our alumni have to say about this programme. In its 20 years of existence, the programme has shown to deliver high-quality graduates that have found leading positions in the food industry throughout the world.


Students acquire scientific, research, communication, project management, and teamwork skills while completing a series of academic modules and developing a major team project. All the above skills are necessary for a successful career in today’s global food industry.

4 Universities (4 Countries)

Participants embark on a transformative journey of cultural exploration through a series of academic modules at 4 of Europe’s top universities (WUR, UCC, AgroParisTech, Lund University) in the first year.

9 Food industry partners

Students work more closely with food industry partners in the second year. The 9-month thesis research project gives students the unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience at one of the programme’s partners, which include 9 top multinational companies.


⇒ Develop young talents for a career in the international food industry

⇒ Provide a multidisciplinary set of skills: technology, business acumen, project management elements and team working skills

⇒ Provide expertise by leading members from both academia and industry in a uniquely integrated way

⇒ Offer a fostering ground to develop the abilities for intercultural team work through the Team Project

Core values

Act Collaboratively: we foster a positive, cooperative attitude for communication and decision-making. Thinking like a team and being open to new ideas is an important success factor.

Respect Diversity: we cherish diversity of minds, cultures and expertise areas. It forms the essence of the programme’s mission.

Think Sustainability: we are ambassadors for high standards in protechting food quality, food safety and the environment. We use our best skills for innovation to continuously seek improvements.

History of the European Food Industry Programme

The European Masters Degree Programme in Food Studies was envisioned initially in 1992 in recognition of the growing internationalization of the food industry. Receiving its first students in 1995, the programme’s purpose was to provide exceptional food technology training in an international context, and with an emphasis on the European food industry.

The programme was first established with financial support from the European Commission, but since the 2nd edition it has become a joint effort of public education institutes and private enterprises. Our partnerships with some of the largest multinational companies in the food industry give students the opportunity to gain real-world practical experience while developing a strong awareness of the cultural, social and economic realities of today’s European and global food industry.

After the 6th edition, the programme was radically re-designed and it became recognized as an accredited MSc programme. Selected students from all over the world were admitted to this new programme for the first time in 2005.

Graduates of this prestigious programme earn the Wageningen University MSc degree in Food Technology (with specialization in European Food Studies) in addition to a certificate from the Board of the Foundation European Masters Food, on behalf of all of the programme’s academic and industrial partners.

Partner Universities

Students study for 12 months at 4 different European universities located in 4 different countries.

By learning in four unique environments, students have the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse perspectives, adapting to unexpected situations while improving their intercultural communication abilities.

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Partner Companies

In the second year of the programme, students complete a 9-month placement at one of our partner companies where they work full-time in an industrial research laboratory with world-class facilities.

Read more about the Thesis Project

Throughout the programme, students meet all 9 partner companies (company visits, company presentations).

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Why the top multi-national companies became our partners?

To recruit highly desirable international candidates

To engage with faculty expertise and influence development of educational programmes

To accelerate R&D projects through targeted, well-organized and longer than average internships

 “To align the students’ curriculum to needs as seen by us.“ ~ Nestle

“To combine learning at university with practical experience in a global organization. This is the best preparation for students.”  ~ Mondelez