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BIFTEC - European Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Business

24 months
6000 EUR/year
938 EUR/year
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This two-year European Master fosters innovation and technology to help you excel with future needs and sustainability within our FOOD4S ("food force") paradigm: Sustainable Food Systems Science and Engineering.

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The European Master of Food Science, Technology and Business (Ghent et al) adopts a multidisciplinary approach to a broad range of topics under the umbrella of food sciences.

This programme offers in-depth courses, a professional competence module, and an MSc thesis project, which allow specialisation in the domains of Innovative Technology, Energy and Food Chains, Risk and Safety, and Sustainable Food Production and Business. Upon successful graduation, you will receive a joint degree.

The  BIFTEC - European Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Business programme is offered by three European partner institutions:  KU Leuven - Technology Campus Ghent, Catholic University of Portugal in Porto (UCP) and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (UAnhalt).

The programme will be offered in a full-time format over two academic years. Studying individual modules may be possible as well.

Full-time format

The programme is offered in modules based on lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, site visits and student-directed learning. Each of the taught modules (core and optional) is offered over a two- three- to four-week timeframe with assessment scheduled on the completion of each module in the first year.

Subjects are developed to master level and reinforce the capacity to survey, critically evaluate and interpret the scientific literature, integrate basic and applied science and encourage the expression of independent opinion and critique in course assignments.

In the seminars, advanced-level and professionally relevant topics are debated based on academic and practical experience. In order to prepare you to undertake the project/thesis, course work in biostatistics, information technology, research methodology and project preparation guidance are provided. You will be made aware of best practices and the legislative framework relating to all aspects of food production, processing, marketing, business and distribution.

The placement and project will be organised during the second year. You will be involved in selecting your placements and projects based on your choise of optional modules and career aspirations. 

Individual modules

Qualified candidates may study individual modules and accumulate credits over a timeframe planned together with the Programme Director and approved by the Joint Management Board. Individual modules may be taken as part of an approved industrial Continuous Professional Programme (CPD).

Career perspectives

The programme prepares competent employees for varied sectors of work including food production, food processing, agribusiness, and positions at educational institutions, government departments and private companies.

You will be highly skilled and prepared for work at the highest professional level and able to solve problems and present research.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

1st year of studies: 60 ECTS

Compulsory Modules

  • Food Biotechnology: KU Leuven - TC Ghent
  • Food Safety and Quality Management: KU Leuven - TC Ghent
  • Process Management and Product Development: KU Leuven - TC Ghent
  • Environmental Practices and Sustainability: UCP
  • Business and Economics in Food Industry: UAnhalt
  • Innovations in Food Engineering and Technology: UAnhalt

Optional Modules

  • Malt and Beer Production: KU Leuven - TC Ghent
  • Wine Production: UCP
  • Fats and Oils: UCP
  • Fruits and Vegetables: UCP
  • Food Packaging: UCP
  • Meat and Meat Products: UAnhalt
  • Cereals: UAnhalt
  • Dairy Science & Technology: UAnhalt

2nd year of studies: 60 ECTS

  • Professional Competence Module
  • MSc thesis project work
  • The Consortium of the three European partner universities jointly have committed themselves to each offering part of the curriculum. Successful graduates are awarded a joint degree. 

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    IELTS or TOEFL needed


    120 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
    GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
    GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

    English requirements

    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).
    6.5 (required)
    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
    80 (required)
    PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • A Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant area of studies giving access to a Master degree programme
    • Evidence of English proficiency: TOEFL 550/213/80 or IELTS score 6.5
    For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      6000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      938 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

    All applicants have to pay an enrolment fee:

    • for EEA Country students is 938.80 euro per annum
    • for non-EEA Country students is 6000 euro per annum


    Several consortium scholarships will be awarded to top applicants on a competetive basis:

    •  Scholarships covering tuition fees and partial living allowance on monthly basis for the entire duration of the study programme.
    • Tuition fee waivers for the best ranked runner up candidates

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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