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Master in Food Systems

EIT Food
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
Reading (England)
26 September 2022

26 September 2022

01 October 2022

17 October 2022

About this program

Master in Food Systems

The program is based on a combination of essential entrepreneurial skills, which will help you to become an effective innovator, and key technical skills that are tailored to your career ambition in the sector.

The Master in Food Systems program is developing top talent for the food sector, by training the leaders of the future. Organized by leading academic institutions and industrial partners from across our Partner network, this program aims to prepare you to drive a future transformation of the food system and increase the competitiveness of the companies you chose to work for. 

By working with colleagues who have a wide variety of different academic backgrounds, you will become creative leaders and team builders capable of bringing distinctive points of view along with novel solutions for tomorrow's consumers and citizens. 

You will accomplish this by taking a 'learning and experimental' journey through our network of industrial, academic and entrepreneurial partners. 

Admission requirements

Prior academic degree:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences, Biological/Life Sciences, Food Science, Chemistry, Food Safety and/or Nutrition
  • Relevant degrees in other fields may be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.

Language proficiency (the program is taught in English):

  • Evidence of English proficiency on level B2 CEFR
  • TOEFL B2
  • IELTS at least 6,5 (at least 6,0 in written prod., oral prod., listening comp. and reading comp.)
  • Bachelor or Master diploma from a curriculum studied entirely in English
  • Alternative documentation for a B2 level of English or higher may be considered by the admissions comittee on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

All students will follow the online module “Introduction to the Food System” as the first module of the first semester. You then will go through a semester-long study block at your home university (the institution in which you enroll).

The second semester is spent at a second university of the consortium (your first host institution). You will also take part in a Summer School on entrepreneurship with all other students enrolled on the program.

For the third semester, you move to a third university (your second host institution), where you take part in a semester-long Market Feasibility Study along with further food systems modules.

For the final semester, you return to your home institution to complete your Master’s thesis. The thesis will be mentored by a mixed team of EIT Food Partners (industrial, academic and research organizations).

Each university offers a specific block of study based on their expertise, and by combining three of these blocks or tracks you will gain an integrated knowledge on the food system (e.g. primary production + food processing + consumer sciences, or food production + logistics + digitization).

In addition, pan-European activities at industrial partner sites will ensure you bond with the rest of the students enrolled on the program.

Scholarships & funding

You may apply for a scholarship when you have been accepted for your chosen Master’s programmes.   EIT Food offers various scholarships to top talents based on a combination of academic skills (such as past performance, quality of previous education and university), professional background and affinity with innovation and entrepreneurship.   For EU & UK citizens, we have one type of scholarships that is based on financial hardship.

For the 2021 intake, the following scholarships are available for successful applicants of any of our Master’s programmes:

EU & UK Citizens:

  • Type A: Full participation fee waiver, based on financial hardship
  • Type B: Partial participation fee waiver: your participation fee is lowered to 600 euro per academic year
  • Type C: Partial participation fee waiver: your participation fee is lowered to 2250 euro per academicy year

non-EU Citizens

  • Type D: Partial participation fee waiver: your participation fee is lowered to 600 euro per academic year
  • Type E: Partial participation fee waiver: your participation fee is lowered to 4125 euro per academicy year

EIT Food Scholarships: participation fee waivers

The participation fee waiver means an exemption of paying the participation fee (and deposit fee).  This does not include costs associated with traveling to your home institute or travel between the institutes.  It does not include housing or subsistence, insurances, etc.   A limited number of EIT Food Scholarships will be available.  Partial participation fee waivers means only a part of the participation fee is waived.


non-EU Students: 18000 euro per academic year

EU students: 9000 euro per academic year


By the end of the program, you will be able to: 

  • Identify short and long-term future consequences of decisions involving different components of the food system from an integrated scientific, ethical and inter-generational perspective, and merge this into a solution-focused approach. 
  • Translate innovations into feasible business solutions for the food sector. 
  • Think beyond boundaries, and systematically explore and generate new ideas, responding to current and future challenges within the food system. 
  • Use knowledge, ideas and technology to create new or significantly improved products, services, processes, new business models or jobs in the food sector. 
  • Use cutting-edge research methods, processes and techniques towards new venture creation and growth, and apply these in cross-disciplinary teams and contexts. 
  • Transform practical experiences in different areas of the food sector into research problems and challenges. 
  • Develop decision-making and leadership competencies. 

Career paths

Graduates will become part of an international alumni network, and we will connect you with our entire professional network so that you have access to the right support when you want to innovate or create a new venture at any point in your career.

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EIT Food

EIT Food, established by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), is building an inclusive and innovative community of diverse food sector partners, to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. We are all responsible for, and connected to, the...

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