Master's course

Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Exergy Analysis

Are you a professional in the food industry and do you want to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about the environmentally-friendly and efficient production of high-quality products from our natural (agricultural) resources?

In this online master's course we will provide instruments for evaluation of existing and new technologies with respect to efficiency of raw material, water and energy use and sustainable process system design. You will study the influence of different choices in production methods. Since this online course is part-time, you will be able to combine study and work and enhance your career.

Organised by Wageningen University

Mon 9 May 2022 until Thu 2 June 2022

Duration 4 weeks (20 hours per week).
Price EUR 1,230.00
Certificate 3 ECTS
Course Format Online
Credits ECTS

Content of the course

In the online master's course Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Exergy Analysis we will study the influences of different choices in food production and processing methods. The evaluation of existing and new technologies requires appropriate evaluation instruments, plus a process system design that allows optimal use of resources and technologies. This online master's course will provide the analytical instrument of Exergy Analysis, in which the concept of the quality (besides quantity) of different streams is introduced. This exergy analysis allows an objective evaluation on efficient use and re-use of raw materials, energy, water and other utilities for various food production systems (from the large-scale supply chain, factory level, down to product and unit operation level).

Online education

The online master's course consists of online knowledge clips, digital exercises and case studies. All information will be provided on Brightspace.

You will learn to

  • Analyse process systems with exergy analysis
  • Prepare Grassmann diagrams for visualisation of exergy flows and destruction
  • Identify thermodynamic efficiencies
  • Identify options for improvement

Combining courses

When you want to learn more about food biotechnology and processing, other courses are interesting for you too! You can deepen your knowledge in a specific career field, without following a complete master's programme. You can register for any combination, but these are our suggestions:

Capstone project

After completion of two or more courses there is a unique opportunity to apply what you have learned. You can start a capstone project in consultation with a Wageningen expert in the field. It is a tailor-made project, where you will write a short paper about your results and conclusions. During this work you will be coached by the expert. Price: €1,230,-.

Level of knowledge

Admission to the course requires a level of education in Food Science and Technology or related, such as Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology. Relevant work experience can be considered.

English proficiency

The language of instruction of this course is in English. Admission to the course requires a level of English as defined at the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively  


You can complete the online master's course(s) with an exam (not obligatory). If you don’t complete the course with an exam or if you do not pass the exam successfully, you can ask for a certificate of attendance. When you successfully complete the course and the exam, you are entitled to a certificate of successful completion. The certificate is included in the course price.

Examination dates

  • Exam: 2 June 2022
  • Resit exam: between 4 July 2022 and 17 July 2022