The study programme master's Food Quality Management is unique in the world in both its content and its organisation. Namely, this master's offers an integrated approach to the study and assessment of quality processes in the agrifood chain through an exclusively developed techno-managerial approach called the TM-model (Techno-managerial model). This unique mix of technology and management allows students to specialise in Food Safety, Food Technology, or Logistics and Management via a cluster of courses. Students of the master's Food Quality Management study programme follow one year of specialised courses and conduct one year of research through a graduation thesis and an internship done outside the university. Usually, students work at a company and are sometimes able to extend their research into a long term project.
Compare the programme in Wageningen
Master's Food Safety. Food safety and quality learning are naturally interlinked. Food safety is part of quality control systems. However, in the master's Food Safety students gain a deeper understanding of microbiology, toxicology, risk analysis and food safety management, or focus wholly on food legislation. In Food Quality Management, there is a much broader focus on quality and less emphasis on food safety.
Master's Food Technology. This study programme focuses more on food production thereby inherently entailing elements of quality which makes it similar to the master's Food Quality Management. Food Quality Management though focuses less on the product than Food Technology.
Master's Management, Economics and Consumer Studies. This study programme is very management-focused which makes it similar to Food Quality Management. Students can also specialise in management studies within Food Quality Management and the other way around, but the focus in Management and Economics is more on general management.