Safety in the Food Chain

BOKU University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences

24 months
1454 EUR/year
726 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Safety in the Food Chain (SIFC) is an international MSc study programme, which was designed with the aim to provide a profound academic education programme concerning all areas of food safety and to offer a study course which combines all expertises existing at Europe’s Universities at a high level.


This study programme especially targets students who hold a BSc degree in “Food Science”. Students will gain special knowledge as well as practical skills in the area of food safety, risk identification, risk assessment, and risk communication.

The programme

The MSc SIFC is structured into 3 Modules and a Master thesis of 30 ECTS credits each. The first module is Module A and consists of basic lectures and exercises in the area of food science. Module B deals with special subjects in the fields of food safety. Students choose two modules B, in which one has to be obtained at a partner university. The master thesis can be absolved at every SIFC-University. This individual structure of the MSc SIFC offers a new international perspective for students and facilitates movement between different universities.

The MSc SIFC was developed by the 5 original members of the ELLS (Euroleague for Life Sciences) Universities and the University of Ljubljana.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human safety in food processing
  • Food packaging technology
  • Authenticity of foods
  • Food authenticity practical course
  • Specific and emerging topics in food microbiology
  • Reference materials and methods validation in food safety assurance
  • Validation of cleaning processes and hygienic design
  • National and international food safety authorities
  • Molecular epidemiology of food-borne pathogens
  • Biomarkers in food characterisation
  • Automatic identification technology in food industry
  • Determination of provenance and authenticity of food and food products by modern analytical methods
  • Safety aspects of plant biotechnology
  • Biology, chemistry and microbiology for civil engineering
  • European regulatory framework for organic production
  • Molecular biology for food analysis
  • Crop production
  • Analysis of bio-hazards in foods
  • Food safety in livestock feeding

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Students who intend to enrol for the MSc SIFC need a degree in the BSc “Food Science and Biotechnology” or in an equivalent BSc study programme of any national or international university

Graduates in other BSc study programmes need to have basic knowledge in the fields of chemistry, physics, (micro-)biology, as well as technology. If necessary, admission criteria will be assessed individually.

Applicants must have a good command of English. English language certificates at a level of B2 or C1 of the European Reference Framework have to be submitted for the admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1454 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 727 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    726 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 363 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Safety in the Food Chain
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