Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc)
The master Innovative Dairy Chain Management from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences focuses on the international dairy chain from grass to glass. High quality dairy products that are available and affordable for all and that are made with a fair share for all chain stakeholders are central to this master.
It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of the chain facilitator working for processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain. “Innovative” stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production,
processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas.
Graduates of this master contribute to the renewal of professional practice in the dairy chain and bridge the gap between theory and practice. They are capable of mainstreaming, stimulating and implementing technical and organisational changes that lead to increased governance, efficiency and sustainability of the entire chain. Changing market conditions such as fluctuating milk prices, supply and demand, changing milk quality standards, critical awareness of the society and new technologies are some of the challenges the sector is facing. This master delivers professionals competent and available for the international dairy sector.
The educational programme will make use of cases from dairy countries with a high reputation (e.g. the Netherlands and New Zealand) as well as from countries in transition (e.g. China and India). It is all about the international dairy industry and providing a reliable and sufficient volume of quality milk.
General admission requirement
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in life sciences or related fields.
You must have undergraduate practical training in the form of placements in the dairy sector or other relevant work experience.
All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:
- Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
- TOEFL test with a score of 80 or above;
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
- Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.
Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted. Please ensure you allow enough time to investigate the availability and costs of attaining a language certificate in your own country.
What happens if you are not able to provide the official language test results? If your previous education was taught in English and you can proof this with a medium of instruction statement from the university you can still apply. You then need to do an alternative language test which can be a phone interview or an online language test. After you hand in your medium of instruction statement you will receive further instructions from us.
The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:
- Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South-Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Canada (English-speaking areas).
- Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma
- Applicants with a Dutch HAVO diploma with final grade 5.5 or higher for English
- Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained a specific diploma (see our website for details), including a final examination in English.
Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) is highly recommended.
For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.
15th June Non-EU/EEA applicants*
1st August EU/EEA applicants*
*We strongly advise Bachelor students to apply before the 1st of May with regard to the study choice check. More information on our website.
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Scholarships & funding
There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.
For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programmes a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).
This Master programme is eligible for an NFP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.
Master and Certificate Programmes
Our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). The OKP scholarship is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.
For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.
Master EEA € 2.168 / per year
Master non-EEA € 14.250 / per year
All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
You will receive a Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc).
Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.
Graduates from this master are facilitators of change, they facilitate
simple and complex change or transition processes in the international dairy sector. Their ambition is the transition towards a sustainable (inter)national dairy chain. This overall role is essential for the three job profiles for which this master is intended:
- Chain professional (e.g. logistic manager, supply chain manager, strategy/policy manager, sales manager, corporate sustainability manager, product & marketing manager, project manager, CSR manager)
- Chain advisor (e.g. nutrition expert, financial expert, technical account manager)
- Visionary farm manager
About this institute
Innovative, sustainable and meaningful! 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 Holland! We offer a range of unique...
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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