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Food Quality And Safety

ITMO University Saint Petersburg
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Saint Petersburg
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Program description

Food Quality And Safety

The program focuses on specialized nutrition in the aspect of active longevity. Ensuring quality and safety is the most important aspect of food production. Today, the ability of food industry enterprises to produce health-safe and high-quality products is becoming crucial for their competitiveness, dynamic development of production and increasing profits.

Nowadays, qualified specialists in the field of quality control and safety of food materials and products, as well as in quality management at all stages of the technological process are in high demand. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2002), active longevity refers to "the process of optimizing opportunities for health improvement and safety in order to enhance the quality of people's lives in the process of aging". However, nowadays certain requirements of people of different age groups are indicated, such as increasing performance, endurance, energy, improving memory, etc.

Indeed, today's world witnesses the change of people's attitudes towards health and longevity, which is reflected in the level of people's awareness and rapidly affects the education market, the healthcare industry and socially important services globally. Practice-oriented Master's degree program in Food Quality and Safety allows students to form broad competencies and become competitive on the world labor market.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering or related field with excellent/good grades
  • CV & motivation letter
  • Upper-intermediate level of English language (B2 according to CEFR)*

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Program content

1st semester:

  • Creative technologies (online course)/Project management (entrepreneurial culture)/Thinking
  • Foreign language for specific purposes
  • Negotiation, influence and conflict management/Emotional intelligence/Business and scientific ethics, organization of scientific research/Personal effectiveness and time management/Internationalization of research/Effective team management
  • Data processing and analysis (online course)
  • Scientific Research Methodology for food quality and safety indicators determination
  • Physiology of Nutrition (online course)
  • Quality management systems in food enterprises
  • Research work
  • Regulation of emotional state in professional activity

2nd semester:

  • Foreign language for specific purposes
  • Applied artificial intelligence
  • Human resources management (online course)
  • Theory and practice of the use of artificial cold in food technology
  • Technologies of functional and specialized food products
  • Technological processes for the production of environmentally friendly food products
  • Identification of falsifications of food raw materials and food products
  • Bioethics
  • Science-based design of the food composition
  • Herodietics of active longevity
  • Research work

3rd semester:

  • Food quality and safety
  • Barrier storage technologies for food products
  • Functional food additives in the food industry
  • Research methods of food quality and safety indicators
  • Technologies for processing and storage of tropical and subtropical fruits
  • The foundations of technological design of enterprises for the production of food products
  • Biochemical and physico-chemical bases of production of ecologically safe food products
  • Methodology for developing technical documentation for food enterprises
  • Nano-and micromaterials in biotechnology
  • Sport nutrition
  • Research work
  • Industrial training
  • Technologies of delicatessen products

4th semester:

  • Industrial training
  • Pre-graduate training
  • Thesis preparation and defense

*The applicants are required to pass entrance examinations successfully.

Tuition fees

EUR 3505 per year / EUR 7010 for the whole program


Master of Science (ITMO University)

Career opportunities

The graduates will: 

  • learn to determine and analyze the properties of food raw materials, semi-finished products and finished products that affect the optimization of the technological process, the quality and safety of finished products;
  • be able to adopt modern approaches of quality management systems to specific production conditions based on international standards;
  • learn to use knowledge of the latest achievements in the field of fundamental and applied sciences on innovative technologies for the production of high-quality and environmentally friendly food products;
  • become aware of the science-based structure of basic nutrition of people of different population groups and of integrative selection of means and methods of ergogenic dietetics;
  • be able to define a specialized nutrition strategy to achieve various goals;
  • gain knowledge of methods for developing specialized nutrition depending on the needs of the target group.

Students have an excellent opportunity for doing research and educational internships at world-leading universities: 

  • Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)
  • Heilongjiang BAYI Agricultural University, Qiqihar
  • Yangzhou University, Yangzhou
  • Shanghai Ocean University, College of Food Science and Technology
  • University of Life Sciences, Estonia
  • University of Lorraine, France

Career Options:

  • experts in research laboratories
  • design organizations and experimentation centers in food and biotechnological industry;
  • nutrition specialists in medical institutions of different types, as well as in the provision of food services to various social groups;
  • specialists in Health Science

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ITMO University Saint Petersburg

ITMO University Saint Petersburg

ITMO University in St. Petersburg is a recognized leader in optics, photonics and IT. Over the past few years, it has developed from a specialized technical institute into a trailblazer shaping the national education and research policy in Russia. We...

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49 Kronversky Pr.
197101 Saint Petersburg

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