12 months
13750 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Are you interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains? The dairy sector is experiencing rapid developments. This calls for leaders who are able to successfully facilitate this change. Professionals that can apply innovations that help farms in delivering milk in high quantities and of excellent quality. Can you envision yourself taking the lead on this in the future?

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Are you that dairy professional with a keen eye for innovation, strategy, quality and governance, eager to take your career to the next level? Or maybe you are about to graduate for your bachelor and feel like you still have not finished learning and professionalising yourself in the dairy chain? The master Innovative Dairy Chain Management is what you are looking for! This master programme focusses on the sustainable dairy chain as a whole, from farm to table and everything in between. You will learn all there is to know about 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.

The master is located in the north of The Netherlands; this region is known to be the frontrunner in the dairy industry and is the centre of excellence when it comes to innovation and knowledge. Van Hall Larenstein has a strong link with business in the region which is used to apply the theory into practice: students go on excursions at companies where they work on real life cases.


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 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

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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.

English requirements

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Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in life sciences or related fields.

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

    13750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13750 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 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.


This Master programmes is eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). OKP is targeted at professionals from selected 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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