Overview

The general objectives of the Food Science program from ISA Lille - Graduate School of Agriculture and Bioengineering (France Agro³) is to give students:  

  • an international view of food safety regulations and standards, highlighting local and international specificities 
  • tools to assist food companies in setting up systems (HACCP, BRC,IFS, SQF, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001) and to carry out audits (preparation for internal auditor certification exam) 
  • an overview of theories, concepts and methodologies of company resource planning systems 
  • a practical view of food industry management, through lectures and seminars by professionals of the sector  
  • experience managing projects in an international context, with a multicultural team 

The expertise of ISA Lille’s Food Quality laboratory is focused on sensory analysis. The main research area of the team is based on a better understanding of the mechanisms of product evaluation.

Internship

  • The active learning method is based on practical work in labs, case studies, industrial projects and internships in companies. As with all ISA programs (Bachelors and Masters), all students will have several professional experiences.
  • Project management and intercultural activities allow students to develop their abilities to work in team and to reinforce transverse skills.  
  • Industrial projects: these group projects must be carried out during the two years of the program. The students deal with specific industrial or research-oriented issues 
  • Food Science Internships: these individual professional experiences are required in the first year (2 to 3 months) and in the second year (6 months), either in a company or a lab, in France or abroad. Food Science Internships are a step-by-step process which aims at giving the student’s responsibilities. 

Careers

ISA Lille gives you the opportunity to be in touch with over 200 companies and create your network for internships and future jobs. 

Each year, ISA Lille organizes a Company and Career Day. This event gives our students a chance to develop their own network by meeting industry representatives and a partner companies.  85% of ISA Food Science graduates are or employed within 6 months of graduating and get diverse jobs in Production, Supply Chain, R&D, Sales and Marketing, Management, Quality and Safety, and others.  

Accreditation

ISA Lille delivers a French National Agricultural Engineering diploma, internationally accredited by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs as a Master of Science and Engineering degree.

As well as:

  • Approved and recognized by the French Government, under the authority of the French Ministries of Education and Agriculture

  • Certified by EUR-ACE and EESPIG

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Food Tech Project

  • Quality Assurance and HACCP

  • Unit Operations

  • Applied Statistics

  • Bioprocess

  • Production Management

  • Ingredients

  • Nutrition

  • Sensory Evaluation

  • Physical, Chemical, and Microbiological Characterization of Food Products

Audience

Open to students from different countries and sometimes very disparate cultural traditions, the intercultural dimension therefore plays an important role in the program. The internationalization of students’ skills and personal qualities will therefore quickly take concrete form.

Lecturers

The program is entirely taught in English by an international team of Professors, researchers and professionals in the food sector, from France and abroad (staff coming from partner universities and partner companies). Students therefore benefit from the additional global expertise of professors and experts from France and other countries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure enough time to complete visa and scholarship applications.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Life Sciences (Agriculture, Food Science, Biology, or related field)
  • B2 level in language of instruction (French or English) certified by an official test score (DELF, DALF, French Bac) 
  • French is NOT required for admission to English-taught programs, but is highly recommended

Tuition Fee

Please contact us for details about tuition fees.

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Living costs for Lille

  • 741 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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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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