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Master in Food Systems

Do you want to acquire in-depth knowledge about food systems and use your knowledge to drive the future transformation of the food system?

Course information

Target audience

Open to students of any nationality who have acquired a BSc (180 ECTS or equivalent) in Agricultural Sciences, Biological/Life Sciences, Food Science, Chemistry, Food Safety, Nutrition, and/or Economics and Management or any other BSc diploma (180 ECTS or equivalent), proving the knowledge in the fields listed

Applications

Applications are open. Second intake deadline is March 30th, 2024 (for both EU & non-EU)

Fees

EU students: 9000 euro per academic year

non-EU students: 18000 euro per academic year

Institutions

Universität Hohenheim, University of Warsaw, Università Di Torino, Lund University, University of Reading & Aarhus University.

About : Become an effective innovator in the food sector

The programme develops a combination of:

  • Entrepreneurial skills to help you become an effective innovator
  • Key technical skills tailored to your career ambitions in the sector

The Master’s in Food Systems programme is developing top talent for the food sector, by training the leaders of the future. Organised by leading academic institutions and industrial partners from across our Partner network, this programme encourages you to drive a future transformation of the food system and increase the competitiveness of the companies you choose to work for.

By working alongside colleagues from a wide variety of different academic backgrounds, you will become creative leaders and team builders capable of bringing distinctive points of view along with novel solutions for tomorrow’s consumers and citizens.

You will embark on a ‘learning and experimental’ journey through our network of industrial, academic and entrepreneurial partners.

Some optional facts and figures

6 Universities

Teaching from the best European Higher Education Institutes

35 Alumni countries

An international cohort of students coming from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle-East & South-America

3 Start-ups created

Students creating start-up right after graduation

Advantages :

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Critically assess the short and long-term consequences of decisions from an integrated scientific, ethical and inter-generational perspective.
  • Collaborate in a team environment using a solution-based approach.
  • And much more!...

EIT Label :

The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded to excellent master and doctoral programmes with strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurial education, aligned with the EIT specific learning outcomes and other quality criteria required for the EIT Label. You can find more info on the EIT label and the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes at https://eit.europa.eu/our-activities/education/eit-learning-outcomes.

Unique Selling Points of the MFS :

  • Food Industry focused content 
  • Entrepreneurial education
  • International Exchange programme 

Food Industry focused content

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of the Food Systems Industry! 

This Master Degree is solely focusing on Food Sector.

Students profit from the combined know-how of 3 prestigious universities, each offering a distinct track, consisting of a package of modules covering specific areas of expertise within that institution. This multidisciplinary approach ensures you get broader academic competencies across the entire food system, which otherwise are typically offered separately (such as personalised nutrition, food safety, sustainable food production, …)

The Master in Food Systems is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge, crucial for addressing the most pressing challenges facing the food sector today. We have identified 6 focus areas that specifically address these challenges. You can select the focus areas that best match your area of interest and find the study paths that offer you your journey of preference.

Our 6 focus areas: Circular food systems, Consumer practices and public engagement, Sustainable production, Food safety/transparency and traceability, Management of food system innovations, and Protein diversification.

By joining our programme, you are embarking on a transformative adventure empowering you as a visionary leader in the Food Systems Industry. 

Get ready to make a meaningful impact on the future of food!

Entrepreneurial education

Dive into a Master's programme like no other!

Our Master in Food Systems distinguishes itself by placing a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial education. We are here to nurture your entrepreneurial spirit and equip you with practical skills that will make you a standout candidate in the competitive job market.

What sets us apart is our commitment to the "learning-by-doing" philosophy, which is the most effective way to master skills. In this programme, you will be tackling real-world challenges head-on, honing your ability to design and implement purposeful innovations. These skills will not only be a valuable asset in your job search but will also shape your future career.

Numerous studies have shown that entrepreneurship education empowers young students, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset and significantly enhancing their employability. You will acquire critical skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, risk assessment, and teamwork – skills that will not only give you a competitive edge in your career but also enhance your overall life prospects.

Join our Master's programme, where entrepreneurial excellence is at the heart of your education, and unleash your potential to make a lasting impact in the world of Food Systems. 

Your journey towards a fulfilling career begins here!

International Exchange programme

Prepare for a transformative international journey throughout your two-year Master in Food Systems Programme! 

Immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of cultures and knowledge as you embark on a unique educational adventure across three diverse European academic institutions in three different countries. This exceptional opportunity offers you invaluable insights into distinct educational approaches, cultures, and expertise, enriching your understanding of the food system from varied academic perspectives.

Each region presents its own set of local food challenges, expanding your horizons and equipping you to excel in the global Food Industry. You'll become a highly adaptable professional, well-prepared for an international career.

Furthermore, you will build lifelong connections with a global mix of students, forming friendships and a powerful international business network. As part of our international Alumni network, you'll gain ongoing support and mentorship.

Research shows that students with international experience have greater success in the job market, lower unemployment rates, and a broader skill set. Studying abroad fosters resilience, adaptability, and self-confidence, enhancing your empathy and global perspective on market challenges, all of which become valuable assets to your professional profile.

Our Alumni community can give you guidance on practical tips and tricks regarding finding housing, cost of living, transportation, recommendations on interesting places, local food specialities…

Choose from 3 universities and study paths in Sweden/Lund University, United Kingdom/University of Reading, Germany/University of Hohenheim, Italy/University of Turin, Denmark/Aarhus University and Poland/University of Warsaw and open the door to a world of opportunities and personal growth.

Join us on this extraordinary international journey to shape your future in the Food Systems Industry!

Want to find out more about life as a student at the EIT Food Master in Food Systems?

Get in touch with our current and former students!

Career opportunities :

With their expertise in consumer-oriented development of novel food products, technologies and services, and their uniquely integrative understanding of the entire food value chain in its socio-economic embedding, Master in Food Systems graduates provide a key human resource for food sector companies seeking to maintain a competitive edge by following vertical integration strategies. Other career paths include:

  • Academic
  • Research institutes
  • Entrepreneural ventures
  • Policy
  • Food Safety Agencies

Our alumni students have joined companies likes Lavazza, Nestle, Barilla, Bacardi, etc, created or joined start-ups.

Want to apply for Master of Food Systems?

Applications for the Masters are open. Second deadline coming up: March 30th, 2024.

What you'll learn : Acquire a deep understanding of the Food System

Problem solving

Appraise the problem space to identify current and future needs

Mobilise effective methodologies to generate new ideas

Appraise the validity of new ideas and co-create sustainable solutions

Food systems

Develop strategies to address current and future sustainability challenges using systems approaches

Design innovative responses to address sustainability challenges in the food system

Critical thinking

Collect, analyse, interpret and report information to develop sustainable solutions to current and future challenges

Appraise unintended consequences of any course of action to devise ethical goals

Entrepeneurship

Create opportunities for value creation

Mobilise resources to create sustainable value for others

Design and implement effective actions to deliver impact

Leadership

Implement a food system innovation project in a particular work or study context

Communication

Identify, engage with and respond to stakeholder needs

Develop strategies to deliver effective communications approaches

Translate complex ideas for different audiences

Technology management

Educate and support others to use emerging technologies in (radical or breakthrough) innovation processes

Challenge others to apply technologies to different problem spaces

Structure : Experience four semesters at three leading universities

The duration of this programme is 2 years.

All students will follow the online module “Introduction to the Food System” as the first module of the first semester. You then will go through a semester-long study block at your home university (the institution in which you enrol).

The second semester is spent at a second university of the consortium (your first host institution). You will also take part in a Summer School on entrepreneurship with all other students enrolled on the programme.

You start at your third university (the second host institution) during the third semester, where you take part in a semester-long Market Feasibility Study along with further food systems modules.

For the final semester, you return to your home institution to complete your Master’s thesis. The thesis will be mentored by a team of EIT Food Partners (including players from industry, academia and research institutes).​

Path Advisory Tool

Each university offers a specific block of courses based on their expertise, and by combining three of these study tracks you will gain integrated knowledge of the food system (e.g. primary production + food processing + consumer sciences, or food production + logistics + digitisation).

In addition, pan-European activities at industrial partner sites will ensure you bond with the rest of the students enrolled on the programme.

The Path Advisory Tool provides you detailed information about each path offered.

Universities : The course is offered by six consortium universities

Lund University

Studying at Lund University

Universität Hohenheim

Studying at Universität Hohenheim

University of Warsaw

Studying at University of Warsaw

University of Turin

Studying at University of Turin

University of Reading

Studying at University of Reading

Aarhus University

Studying at Aarhus University

Practical : What you need to know

Tuition fees

  • EU Residents: € 9000 / year
  • Non-EU residents: € 18000 / year

Application Deadlines

  • International students / EEA Students: January Intake : 14th January 2024 (International students / EEA Students)
  • International students / EEA Students: March Intake: 30th March 2024 (International students / EEA Students)
  • EEA Students: June Intake: 25th June 2024 (EEA Students)

Scholarships

For Colombian students:

Collaborative Agreement between EIT Food and Fundación para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo)

EIT Food has entered into a collaboration agreement with COLFUTURO to support Colombian student in their professional development by offering a joint offering for students accepted in EIT Food Master in Food Systems.

EIT Food will provide a scholarship of minimum of 50% of the participation fee per academic year (for a period of two academic years) to a maximum of five Colombian students, while Colombian students can apply for a loan at COLFUTURO which can be converted into a scholarship as well (based on a certain conditions).

COLFUTURO’s financing system consists of a Loan-Scholarship of up to USD50,000 for a maximum financing period of two years.

COLFUTURO is a Colombian non-profit foundation that was established in 1991 with the support of the National Government and some of the most important companies of the private sector in the country at that time. Its main objective is to provide financial support and increase the possibilities of Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study programs abroad.

All the information on how to apply to COLFUTURO Scholarship is here: https://www.colfuturo.org/programas/credito-beca/informacion-general.

FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions

Find below the most frequent questions on the Master in Food Systems application process. If you have a question that is not included here, do not hesitate to contact us at mfs@eitfood.eu, or attend one of our Meet the MFS events (soon available).

Contact : Do you still have questions?

Contact our academic manager

I'm the Academic Manager for the EIT Food Master in Food Systems programme. I look forward to hearing from you.

Andreas Glombitza-Cevey

Andreas Glombitza-Cevey

MFS Academic Manager
mfs@eitfood.eu

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