Bachelor of Food Technology (BSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Create and innovate in the world of food, marketing and technology

Are you a creative, technically minded foodie? Food Technology combines courses in the laboratory on chemistry and microbiology with business courses such as marketing and strategy. Will you track down food fraud? Or become a developer and create healthy and innovative products? The international food industry is booming and the demand for food technology specialists is high.

Whether you call yourself a foodie or want to contribute to global food issues, you will always find your way with this innovative English-taught programme. Almost every day, you will find products in the supermarket that are even healthier, tastier and more innovative. Developments follow each other in quick succession and demand for variation continues to grow. With this huge product range and the consumers’ increasing demand for variety, the need for food technologists is growing rapidly.

You will learn to analyse consumer behaviour and the health, safety and taste requirements of consumers. Subjects such as marketing and business administration will support you here. You will also gain knowledge of product processes and properties and of the impact of food on the human body. You study the chemical, microbiological and chemical composition of food, while you also dive into the fascinating world of nutrition, flavour, trends, trade and health. From day one, you will apply your knowledge in practice in our laboratories and by working on projects together with your fellow-students.   

Admission requirements


A secondary school diploma which is equivalent to the Dutch havo diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after we have received your complete application.

English proficiency

International students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT test with a score of 80 or above (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Depending on your diploma you might be exempted from providing proof of English proficiency. Please visit our website for more information.

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Program content

In the first two years of the programme you will get to know the different aspects of the food and stimulant industry and the human body. You will develop basic skills for working in teams, entrepreneurship as well as presentation skills. You'll get to work in the pilot plant and in the lab.

In the second half of the programme you will have the opportunity to specialise and expand your knowledge of subjects that appeal to you most.

Courses include:

  • Food products
  • Food analysis
  • Food safety health
  • Sensory Research
  • Process technology
  • Quality management
  • Business Management
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Food ingredients

Two international internships are incorporated into each of our programmes to obtain well-valued international work experience even before you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to study a semester abroad as we are part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check our website for more information.


  • Tution fee for EU: € 2314 a year*
  • Tution fee for non-EU: € 8900 a year

    *The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year EU Bachelor students in higher education. Those who meet the conditions will pay only € 1,157 in the first year.


  • Degree: Bachelor
  • When you successfully graduate from Food Technology you will have obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

Career paths

There is no shortage of opportunities in the food business. With so many international food producers, there are plenty of jobs for people whose knowledge of marketing and technology spans the sector's wide range of specialties.
Our graduates qualify for positions as product developer, project managers, commercial technologists and customer-service directors. You could also work in processing and technology, become a production or quality manager, or even work at the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

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Why study at VHL University of Applied Sciences

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs in fields in which the Netherlands is at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, working with animals, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right program for you!

  • Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
  • Sustainable thinking and doing: Make a difference!
  • Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
  • International internships incorporated within the programs
  • Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
  • Unique study programs in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner

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Phone no: +31 58 284 6232

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