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European Master in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, Technology and Business

KU Leuven
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2021

September 2022

September 2023

Program description

This two-year European Master (BiFTec-FOOD4S) (“food force”) promotes a transversal and multidisciplinary approach to a broad range of topics related to the 4S-pillars: Science (Food Science and Engineering Technology), Sustainability (Sustainable Food Product & Food Process Design), Safety (Food Safety and Quality) and Simulation (Computational Food Science & Technology).

What is the European Master of Food Science, Technology and Business all about?

The European Master in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, Technology and Business (Ghent et al) is a conjoint programme run by four European partners: KU Leuven (coordinator), Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (UAnhalt), Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) and University College Dublin (UCD). Upon successful graduation, you will receive a joint master’s degree.

BiFTec-FOOD4S offers an education which is at the same time broad and in-depth. The programme aims to develop and foster knowledge and awareness of scientific trends in food science, safety and quality, food product, process design and sustainable production, computational methods and risk analysis within a global context, as well as to identify key concerns about ecological and community issues relating to food systems and their production.

The course seeks to expand the scope of theoretical research and policy debates over sustainable agriculture and food production. It offers a better understanding of food systems and ecological dynamics and offers strategies in terms of regenerating natural systems. Understanding and development of key issues in food legislation and regulations and application of quality management systems in the supply chain are integral components of the course. The focus on social concerns arising from food production, marketing, economics and consumption practices are addressed in an international context.


The European Master in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, Technology and Business is a two-year programme, organised in a clear modular format consisting of compulsory and optional modules in year one and two, and with an evaluation at the end of each module.

Students will start their studies at KU Leuven for fundamental courses on Science, Sustainability, Safety and Simulation. In the 2nd semester, they will continue their studies at UCP and UAnhalt, before moving to UCD in the 3rd semester for advanced modules on (Computational) Risk & Safety, Energy & Food Chains and Innovative Food Processing & Technology. Finally, in the last semester, students will work on a scientific project in one of the partner institutions or in an approved workplace that will culminate in their master’s thesis. It is strongly encouraged to take an optional professional competence module in the summer between Stage 1 and Stage 2 (12 ECTS).

Admission requirements

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Career opportunities

The programme prepares competent employees for varied sectors of work including food production, food processing, agribusiness, and positions at educational institutions, government departments and private companies.

You will be highly skilled and prepared for work at the highest professional level, able to solve problems and to present research.

About this institute

KU Leuven

KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

Contact info

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven


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