Now online – Master Food Technology
For the last two years, Wageningen University & Research has offered two online master’s programmes: Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health and Plant Breeding. Now we are proud to announce a new online master’s programme: Food Technology. This is an online master’s program which, like our earlier programs, is aimed at students who want to combine studying online with their regular job. Additionally, with this new master’s programme, we will experiment with offering course packages which are short tracks that will require about 400 hours of study that can be completed in one year.
Online Master Food Technology
The programme is designed as a part-time study. During the first two years, students will follow a series of courses with a study load of about 20 hours per week. There are two courses with lab practicals included in the programme. For these practical courses, students are required to be in Wageningen for 2 weeks, once in the first year of their study and once in the second year. These practical courses are vital for acquiring the necessary skills of a food technologist and the stay in Wageningen is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and teachers face-to-face.
The coursework is followed by a tailored internship and a master’s thesis. Depending on the effort and the time students wish to invest, the entire programme takes three to four years to complete. After completing the program, students will obtain the recognised Master of Science degree from the university.
The first year of the online master’s starts in September 2017 and is now open for applicants.
Read more about the online Master Food Technology at http://www.wur.eu/omft.
Master’s tracks for professionals
Along with developing the entire online Master Food Technology programme, Wageningen University & Research has also designed short tracks that consist of only a couple of the online master’s courses related to a specific topic in Food Technology. These tracks were developed especially for professionals already working in the food industry. Each track requires around 400 hours of study and can be completed within one year. A key feature of the tracks is the capstone: a course in which students will write a mini thesis on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a the University expert.
Starting September 2017, students will be able to follow two tracks: Food Enzymology & Bioprocessing and Food Process & Product Design. The Food Enzymology & Bioprocessing track offers students the opportunity to learn more about how to efficiently use raw materials, energy and water in food production while still achieving the best product quality. The Food Process & Product Design track focuses on teaching students how to use quantitative models for evaluations and make predictions about food processes or products.
We are proud of the fast growing numbers of students interested in Food Technology and it keeps us motivated to develop our program further. We intend to develop even more master’s tracks over the next year: Ingredient functionality, Physics for Food Structure, and Food Safety & Quality are on our wish list.
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