Specialisation Food Entrepreneurship

This specialisation focuses on the combination of Food Technology with Management Studies. This specialisation is mainly aimed for students who would like to start their own company, or graduates that will work in a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME).

Academic Calender

The Academic Calender of Wageningen University consists of 6 periods. 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.  The third and fourth period are shorter, 3 weeks, and in these weeks one course is taught blockwise and fulltime. After each period you will have the exam of that course. The sixth period consists of 9 weeks, due to many national holidays in the spring.

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

The courses are coded as follows : 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. One academic year has 60 ECTS (ECTS=European Credits).

First year

  • Compulsory courses (CS) : compulsory for all students in this specialisation
  • Restricted Optionals (RO1) : students have to choose at least two of the courses from the RO1 cluster
  • Restricted Optionals (RO2) : students have to choose at least four courses from the RO2 cluster
Course Type Period, time
MST-21306 Advanced Management and Marketing CS 3 Block
PDQ-60312 Product and Process Design CS 6 Block
MST-24806 Supply Chain Management RO1 4 Block
MST-23406 New Venture Creation: from Idea to Business Plan RO1 5 MO
MST-30306 Technology, Innovation and Strategy RO1 5 MO
FPE-30306 Food Structuring RO2 1 AF
FCH-30306 Food Ingredient Functionality RO2 1 MO
FHM-21806 Food Fermentation RO2 1 MO
FPH-30306 Advanced Food Physics RO2 2 AF
PDQ-31806 Product Propertiend Consumer Wishes RO2 2 AF
HNE-25306 Food Components and Health RO2 2 MO
FCH-30806 Advanced Food Chemistry RO2 4 Block
PDQ-31306 Predicting Food Quality RO2 5 MO

Second year

This year consists of a thesis Management Studies (minimum 36 ECTS) and an internship (min. 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 and is relevant for Food Technology. For thesis topics, see the website of Management Studies (MST).

The internship is always outside Wageningen University and can be in any country, at a university, an industry or an institute. The internship is not related to the thesis, but is under supervision of one of the following groups.