Study at 4 Universities (NL, Ireland, France, Sweden)

⇒ Guaranteed 9-month industrial placement

⇒ 2-Year Team Project

Programme Design

Major programme components include:

  • Academic Modules: Lectures, practicals, study periods, seminars, language training and communication and social activities at 4 European universities.
  • Meeting companies: company visits, company presentations, meeting industrial representatives.
  • Combined Thesis Project/Internship: Guaranteed 9-month placement of each student in the R&D laboratory of one of the 9 partner companies.
  • Team Project: Major integrated assignment, developed by students in teams over the entire course of the programme (2 years). It starts with the 1-week Team Building module at Wageningen University to improve communication skills, practice effective teamwork and become oriented with the programmes’ participants and resources. Several workshops on Entrepreneurship are included as well.

First Year

In the first year of the programme, you will study at 4 Universities located in 4 different countries (The Netherlands, Ireland, France and Sweden).

Food Structure and Behaviour

Wageningen, September – December

You will study at Wageningen University & Research, the leading university of this programme. You will join excursions to partner companies located in The Netherlands, begin the ongoing Team Project, and complete the following courses:
Food Structuring
Food Ingredient Functionality
Advanced Food Physics
Food Flavour Design or Food Law

Consumer Studies and Management

Second Year

Food Technology

 Massy, March – April

You will study at AgroParisTech, visit our partners Lactalis and Mondelez, and complete the following courses:
Food and Bioprocess Control
Food Process Design and Modelling
Food Processing and Packaging
Food Safety and Hygienic Design

Product Development and Innovation

Lund, May – June

In May and June you will study at Lund University, follow a Sustainability workshop and complete the following course:
Integrated Food Project

Thesis project/Internship

In the second year of the programme students work on the combined thesis project/internship in the R&D laboratory of one of the 9 partner companies.

The placement in a partner company is guaranteed for each student.  The main restriction is: ‘’not in student’s home country’’ to improve the adaptability and cross-cultural communication capabilities of students. Legal restrictions can also apply.

A team of 2 supervisors will guide and evaluate the student during the thesis project: one from the company and one academic supervisor from Wageningen University. The academic quality of the thesis is examined by a full professor from Wageningen University, who will act as examiner.

Special Topics

Special Topics include 2 sub-courses: Food Law (1-week) and Sustainable Food & Bioprocessing (online).

Note: All courses can be found in the Study Handbook of Wageningen University. Course content may change – this information is intended to provide a sense of material covered.

Team Project

Course

The team project is one of the programme’s most substantial courses, consisting of 1-week Team Building, several workshops on Entrepreneurship plus initiation and execution of a project by the students themselves in two teams (each team consisting of 10-11 students) over the entire 2-year programme. The topic is briefed every year by one of the industrial partners.

The team project includes the brainstorming for ideas, selection of proposals, sourcing expertise and assistance, executing field work and the oral and written presentation of results; this all merely as an extracurricular assignment. To ensure that all targets of the project are met, students will be able to access expertise in the partner universities and companies. Progress meetings with the team project coaches provide guidance to students.

Aim
⇒ develop team work and project management skills
⇒ foster an entrepreneurial mind-set

Developing cross-cultural communication skills and the ability to work successfully in teams is a primary objective of the European Master in Food Studies programme. Careers in food industry often involve significant interaction with multidisciplinary groups, and this assignment is an excellent preparation for the type of project management responsibilities that graduates will encounter in their workplace later on.

Academic Calendar

Year 1

When Where What
Last week of August WUR, Wageningen, NL
  • Team Building
  • Team Project briefing & brainstorming
September WUR, Wageningen, NL
  • ‘’Food Structure and Behaviour’’ academic modules begin
  • Entrepreneurship workshops
  • Team Project meetings
October-December NL
  • Anticipated visits to DSM, Heineken, Mars, JDE, Unilever
  • CV workshop (Career Services)
  • Entrepreneurship workshops
  • Team Project meetings
Christmas & New Year Break
January UCC, Cork, Ireland
  • ‘’Consumer Studies and Management’’ academic modules begin
February Cork, Ireland
  • Anticipated presentations by TetraPak, Mondelez, Nestlé, Firmenich
  • Speed-dating between students and partner companies about thesis projects
  • Team Project presentations to the Board
March – April AgroParisTech, Massy, France
  • ‘’Food Technology’’ academic modules begin
  • Anticipated visit to Mondelez
  • Team Project Workshop/Meeting
    Easter Break
    May Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    • ‘’Product Development and Innovation’’ academic modules begin
    • Visit to TetraPak & Sustainability workshop
    June Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    • Team Project meeting
    • Skype meeting with Board – Team Project Plan
    Summer Break

    Year 2

    September – May Partner company
    • 9-month thesis project/internship
    • Online course ‘’Sustainable food & Bioprocessing’’ (from October)
    June
    • Partner company
    • WUR
    • 1-week ‘’Food Law’’ (at WUR campus)
    • Thesis project finalization/defence
    • Team project finalization/presentation (WUR campus)
    • EMFS Closing Ceremony (WUR campus)