Specialisation Quality Control and Assurance

The specialisation Quality and Safety Control and Assurance educates students in complex problem solving by the techno-managerial approach, food safety knowledge, quality and safety standards, fraud and authenticity, and food law. Students will perform research in topics such as, food safety culture, risk-based auditing, food integrity management, effectiveness of food safety management systems (FSMS) in global supply chains, FSMS development and food safety enforcement in emerging countries.

First year

In the first year, students will take Food Quality Management courses, combined with courses from the Food Microbiology department.

Course CS/RO Period, time
Compulsory courses:
FQD-20306 Food Quality Management CS 1MO
LAW-30806 Food Law CS 2MO
FHM-22306 Advanced Food Microbiology CS 3WD
FQD-35806 Food Quality Management Research Principles 1 CS 4WD
FQD-35906 Food Quality Management Research Principles 2 CS 5MO
FHM-61312 Food Safety Management CS 6WD
Choose 1 course from RO1A:
MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics RO1A 1A
YRM-20806 Research Design & Research Methods RO1A 1A
Choose 1 course from RO2:
FQD-22306 Food Quality Analaysis and Judgement RO2 2A
FQD-31806 Product Properties and Consumer Wishes RO2 2A
Choose 1 course from RO1B:
BEC-21306 Food Safety Economics RO1B 5A
FQD-36306 Food Fraud and Mitigation RO1B 5A

Second year

The second year consists of an individual thesis project (minimum 36 ECTS) and an internship/traineeship (minimum 24 ECTS). The topics of the thesis and internship should be within the scope of the specialisation. A thesis is normally carried out at Wageningen University. Thesis topics are offered by the Food Quality and Design group.
The internship is always outside Wageningen University and can be in any country, at a university, an industry or an institute, under supervision of the Food Quality and Design group.