Specialisation Product Design

Why do some new products succeed, while others do not? The Product Design specialization focuses on the design and development of new or improved products from a consumer perspective. For the food technologist, it is important to know how to improve the product, by adjusting or using new processes in food production. Aspects such as product structure, nutritional value, packaging and product quality are of relevance. Other important elements of the curriculum include modeling of new product concepts or processes and predicting food quality attributes in a quantitative way.

First year

  • Compulsory courses (CS) : compulsory for all students in this specialisation

  • Restricted Optionals (RO1) : students have to choose at least two of the courses from the RO1 cluster

  • Restricted Optionals (RO2) : students have to choose at least one course from the RO2 cluster

Course Type Period, time
FPE-30306 Food Structuring CS 1 AF
FQD-31306 Predicting Food Quality CS 5 MO
FQD-60312 Product and Process Design CS 6 Block
FCH-30306 Food Ingredient Functionality RO1 1 MO
FQD-31806 Product Properties and Consumer Wishes RO1 2 AF
FPE-31306 Transfer Processes RO1 2 AF
FPE-30806 Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing RO1 4 Block
LAW-30806 Food Law RO2 2 MO
FCH-30806 Advanced Food Chemistry RO2 4 Block
FQD-35806 Food Quality Management Research Principles I RO2 4 Block
MCB-30806 Sensory Perception and Consumer Preference RO2 5 AF

Second year

The second year consists of an individual thesis project (minimum 36 ECTS) and an intership/traineeship (minimum 24 ECTS). The topics of the thesis and internship whould be within the scope of the specialisation. A thesis is normally carried out at Wageningen University. Thesis topics in this specialisation are offered by the following groups:

For thesis topics, see the websites of the relevant groups (click on the links above).

The internship is always outside Wageningen University and can be in any country, at a university, an industry or an institute. The internship is not related to the thesis, but is under supervision of one of the same groups as mentioned above.