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M.Sc. On Campus

Innovative Dairy Chain Management

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

12 months
14250 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The master Innovative Dairy Chain Management from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. 

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The Innovative Dairy Chain Management programme from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences  is suitable for candidates interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains, and the Netherlands’ dairy industry is used as example for innovations. It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain.

'Innovative' stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for farms and the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production, processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas.

The Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management is taught at our VHL location in Leeuwarden. The language of instruction is English. 

It is possible for international students to follow the second part of the master online. This applies to the study unit Research Design & Implementation and the study unit Thesis. Guidance in assignments and the Thesis will be given via online tools. In this way, your stay in the Netherlands will be limited to 20 weeks, in case there is a need to save costs for board and lodging.


Graduates from this Master are facilitators of change, they facilitate simple and complex change or transition processes in the international dairy sector. Their ambition is the transition towards a sustainable (inter)national dairy chain. This overall role is essential for the three job profiles for which this Master is intended:

  • Chain professional (e.g. logistic manager, supply chain manager, strategy/policy manager, sales manager, corporate sustainability manager, product & marketing manager, project manager, CSR manager) 
  • Chain advisor (e.g. nutrition expert, financial expert, technical account manager)
  • Visionary farm manager 

Programme Structure

The educational programme will make use of cases from dairy countries with a high reputation as well as from countries in transition. It is all about the international dairy industry and providing a reliable and sufficient volume of quality milk.


Upon graduating, you will be able to:

  • identify innovative needs in (inter)national dairy chain projects and processes
  • advise on dairy business development
  • facilitate dairy chain governance towards sustainability and efficiency
  • mainstream policy development for inclusive dairy value chains
  • manage quality assurance in the dairy chain
  • conduct applied research in a dairy value chain
  • communicate effectively and convincingly in a varying multicultural sector
  • apply an independent and creative learning attitude in a continuously changing international business environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines



The number of ECTS credits granted to course units is based on the workload required to complete those units. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study. One semester of studies normally comprises 30 ECTS credits and a term/trimester 20.


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in life sciences or related fields.
  • All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency
Check our website for the specific requirements.

Work experience

You must have undergraduate practical training in the form of placements in the dairy sector or other relevant work experience.

Technological requirements

Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) is highly recommended.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14250 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Leeuwarden

700 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

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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