Specialisation Quality and Food Logistics

The specialisation Food Logistics Management allows students to investigate, analyse and improve food supply chain management based on surveys, case studies, conceptual frameworks and decision support models (such as simulation and optimization). This specialisation provides the knowledge for understanding how complex food supply chains work, with emphasis on product quality, sustainability and technology. Further, innovative logistics concepts and dedicated decision support models will be developed to deal with increased complexity and contemporary developments in the agri-food sector. Students will perform research in topics such as quality controlled logistics, logistics collaboration concepts, the techno-managerial systems approach for food supply chain management, sustainability in food chains, etc. The knowledge and skills that students gain in this specialization prepare them to work in many agri-food industries and organisations including food processing, fresh food trader/wholesaler, and also food/logistics consulting companies. They can work as a supply chain or logistics manager as well as quality manager or product developer with profound knowledge about logistics and quality aspects and how they may influence each other in the agri-food sector.

First year

In the first year, students will take Food Quality Management courses, combined with courses from the Operations Research and Logistics department.

Course CS/RO Period, time
Compulsory courses:
FQD-20306 Food Quality Management CS 1MO
LAW-30806 Food Law CS 2MO
FQD-35806 Food Quality Management Research Principles 1 CS 4WD
FQD-35906 Food Quality Management Research Principles 2 CS 5MO
ORL-31806 Food Logistics Management CS 5AF
ORL-30806 Operation Research and Logistics CS 6MO
Choose 1 course from RO1:
MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics RO1 1AF
YRM-20806 Research Design & Research Methods RO1 1AF
MAT-22306 Quantitative Research Methodology and Statistics RO1 3WD
Choose 1 course from RO2:
FQD-22306 Food Quality Analysis and Judgement RO2 2AF
FQD-31806 Product Properties and Consumer Wishes RO2 2AF
Choose this RO0 course if you did not have this course or similar in your BSc:
ORL-20306 Decision Science 1 RO0 1AF

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 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 and Operation Research and Logistics 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 or Operation Research and Logistics group.