Specialisation User-oriented Food Quality

The specialisation User Oriented Food Quality studies food quality from the consumer’s perspective. Different systems exist to check and control food quality in the production chain. After the point of sale, however, the consumer is in charge. Consumer practices in combination with use of available appliances determine food quality at the moment of consumption. What consumers do and why they do so is important to know. Taking this information into account in the food production chain, can contribute to an improved quality after the point of sale. In this specialisation research topics are e.g. how consumers perform food related practices and how companies can anticipate on this, the consumer perception of quality attributes of food and how to improve perceived quality.

First year

In the first year, student will take Food Quality Management courses, combined with consumer-related courses.

Course CS/RO Period
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
Choose 1 course from RO1A
MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics RO1A 1AF/6MO
YRM-20806 Research Design & Research Methods RO1A 1AF
MAT-22306 Quantitative Research Methodology and Statistics RO1A 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 at least 2 courses from RO1B
FQD-50806 Usage Oriented Product Design RO1B 1AF
SCH-20806 Lifestyles and Consumption RO1B 3WD
MCB-30806 Sensory Perception and Consumer Preference RO1B 5AF
YSS-31806 Consumer, Technology and Innovation* RO1B 5MO

* Food Quality Management Research Principles 2 can be followed in combination with YSS-31806 Consumer, Technology and Innovation.

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 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.