Specialisation Dairy Science & Technology

The Dairy Science & Technology specialisation at Wageningen University focuses on the dairy production chain from primary production to technology and the consumer. Composition, quality, the nutritional value of milk and dairy products are important topics.

Academic year, study load and course names and codes

The Academic Year of Wageningen University consists of 6 periods from 4-8 weeks (6 or 12 credits per period). In one study year you are assumed to take 60 credits (European Credits or ECTS). In period 1, 2 and 5 two subjects are taught, generally one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These periods consist of 6 weeks of teaching, followed by one week of self study and one week of exams. Period 3 and 4 are shorter, 4 weeks long, and in these weeks one course is taught blockwise (courses are scheduled whole day, in the morning and in the afternoon) and fulltime. In week 4 the course exam is scheduled. Period 6 consists of 9 weeks, due to many national holidays in the spring. In this period all MFT students follow the full-time course Product and Process Design of 12 credits (except for the European Master in Food Studies).

Every course has besides its name a code. The code: AAA-xyyzz, with AAA the teaching group ('department') responsible for the course (for example FCH=Food Chemistry, FHM=Food Microbiology), x indicates the level of the course (1=basic, 2=intermediate, 3=advanced), yy is an arbitrary number, zz indicates the number of credits in ECTS.

The tables below show the specialization programme and courses. The course content can be found in the on-line study handbook.

First year

Course Type Period and time*
Compulsory courses (CS):
FCH-30306 Food Ingredient Functionality CS
FQD-33306 Dairy Chemistry and Physics CS
FQD-32306 Dairy Science and Technology CS
FQD-60312 Product and Process Design CS
Choose at least 3 courses from restricted optional 1 (RO1):
FQD-37806 Food Flavour Design RO1
FHM-21806 Food Fermentation RO1
LAW-22806 Food Law RO1
FPH-30306 Advanced Food Physics RO1
FCH-30806 Advanced Food Chemistry RO1
FPE-30806 Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing RO1
FHM-30806 Advanced Fermentation Science RO1
FCH-31306 Enzymology for Food and Biorefinery RO1
FQD-31306 Predicting Food Quality RO1
*M=Morning course, A=Afternoon course, WD=Whole day course, scheduled in the morning and in the afternoon

Second year

The second year consists of an individual thesis project (6 months; 36 ECTS) and an internship/traineeship (at least for 4 months; 24 ECTS). The topics of the thesis and internship will be related to the specialisation.

The thesis is carried out at Wageningen University. Thesis topics in this specialisation are offered by the following groups:

The internship is always done outside Wageningen University and can be performed in food industry, research institute or university. The internship can be done in the Netherlands or any other country. The internship is not related to the thesis, but it should be a food related topic, preferably in the field of specialisation.