Specialisation Food Law and Regulatory Affairs

This programme provides you with a solid legal foundation to key issues in food safety and food regulation, as well as trade, consumer and intellectual property rights law.

Within the MSc Food Safety (MFS), the Master's Food Law and Regulatory Affairs offers an in-person, online and hybrid programme for the Academic year 2022/23. This means you can participate in the programme fully online, on campus or through a combination.

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A unique programme to prepare you for an exciting career in the food domain

We offer three options for our MSc students this academic year of 2022-2023:


1. Regular programme: regular on campus teaching (subject to governmental restrictions).

2. Online programme fully remote teaching for students that are:

  • EU or non-EU nationals who are not allowed to travel due to COVID restrictions.
  • EU or non-EU national that cannot travel daily due to professional obligations. In this case, you must travel to Wageningen at least twice for/during your thesis work. This can be done on a tourist visa if needed. You can follow the programme part-time: an individual study planning will be made in this situation.
  • Non-EU national that cannot move to the Netherlands due to financial reasons. You are required to visit Wageningen at least twice for/during your thesis work. This can be done on a tourist visa if needed. Part-time study in this case is not possible.

3. Hybrid programme: combination of remote and regular teaching, for students that:

  • Cannot come to Wagenigen before September 1, 2022 due to COVID, but can come before November 1, 2022. In this case, teaching in Period 1 would be fully remote. Approved for EU/EER students, for non-EU depending on immigration rules.

Background of the specialisation Food Law

The food domain is strictly regulated, at international, EU and national levels. Food regulation covers all aspects of production, “from farm to fork”, including safety, hygiene, labelling, packaging, and many other aspects. It also relates to special foodstuffs, including organic products, genetically modified organisms, novel foods, food supplements and many more. 

Over the last decades, the complexity of these laws has developed in line with ever-more technical food production processes and increasingly sophisticated consumer demands. It is increasingly difficult for the food industry, regulators and consultancies to keep up to date with all regulatory developments, mitigate legal exposure, and ensure compliance.

And that's where graduates in Food Law and Regulatory Affairs are needed! They will acquire all the knowledge required not only to react to legal changes in the food sector but also to be ready to navigate future food laws.

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Application & admission

Are you interested in this Master and do you want to know more information about the admission requirements? Read about the application and admission procedure.

Experiences from students

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Student Alessandro - MSc Food Safety

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Student Ioanna - MSc Food Safety

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Master's Food Safety: Specialisation Food Law and Regulatory Affairs

Wageningen University is the only university worldwide offering a Master programme that combines food law expertise with technical food safety components. For detailed information of the courses in this 2-year programme, you can view the study handbook.

First year

The core programme in the first year consists of courses in food law, food quality management, and food safety management. Depending on your background and preferences, you will follow additional mandatory and optional courses. 

Elective courses outside of the specialisation might not be taught online.

Course Natural science students Law/non-technical students
Food Quality Management
Food Law
Food Safety Management
Introduction to Law for the Life Sciences
Food Safety Economics
Basics in Food Technology
Food Hazards
Law and Regulation in Food Value Chains
Intellectual Property Rights
Comparative Food Law: PR China and the USA
Global Trade Law

Overview of the specialisation. Click image to enlarge.
Overview of the specialisation. Click image to enlarge.

Second year

The second year of the programme consists of independent research. During the first part of the year, you will write a research thesis, supported by faculty at the Law Group. During the second part of the year, you will undertake an internship in the field of food law at a company or organisation. 

Our internships typically take place with international food companies, international organizations or consultancies. International internships are supported by the programme.

Master Thesis – Law Group Database

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Are you eligible to participate in the Master’s Food Law and Regulatory Affairs?

The Master is open to students with an undergraduate degree in Law or Food Science, but also students with a background in European Studies, Governance & Policy, as well as Nutrition and Health, Agricultural or Environmental Sciences, or other related programmes. Due to the range of previous degrees that qualify for the course, students with a legal background can learn from students with a technical background and vice versa. For graduates, it is of utmost importance that they can understand both the legal and the technical aspects of the food domain. 

Moreover, we are proud to have an incredibly diverse student body from all over the world, bringing a range of experiences and cultural perspectives. 

Employment outlook

At the moment there is an urgent need for food law experts. Our graduates work all over the world in the food industry, as consultants (in legal and food areas), in governmental organisations (including EU, WHO, EFSA), food inspection services and (specialised) law firms. Some also continue into academic careers.

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