M.Sc. On Campus

Food Technology

KU Leuven

24 months
961 EUR/year
961 EUR/year
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The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology at  KU Leuven  is an academic master of science programme that intends to equip its alumni with the scientific, technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes which they require to contribute successfully to solving problems related to food security through the production of safe foods of high quality.


Two technological dimensions of crucial importance in food processing and preservation are the key objectives and programme options: 

  • Postharvest and food preservation engineering, with focus on the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods, in particular plant based foods, to the end consumer.
  • Food science and technology, with focus on the transformation (processing) of raw materials in products for human consumption or in intermediate ingredients for further use in the food industry.

The Interuniversity Programme in Programme in Food Technology at  KU Leuven is jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University (UGent).

Career opportunities

IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a programme that takes the specific needs and approaches of developing countries into account. The IUPFOOD programme prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research. IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:

  • academic institutions (as teaching and/or research staff)
  • research institutes (as research staff)
  • nongovernmental organisations (in different capacities)
  • governmental institutes (e.g. in research programmes, quality surveillance programmes or national nutritional programmes)
  • private industry (in particular jobs related to quality control)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food Microbiology and Analysis
  • Food Chemistry and Analysis
  • Food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Postharvest Physiology and Technology
  • Human Nutrition

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International applicants must have obtained an academic Bachelor of Science degree (in countries in the South typically a 4-year programme) in a discipline related to the content of the programme from a recognized University, College or Institute. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields: mathematics and statistics, physics and engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, biology and microbiology.
  • They must have obtained their degree with an end result of at least second class upper or equivalent.Each application is evaluated by the Educational Committee for admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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