Predicting Food Quality Solving Food Science Problems Modelling


Predicting Food Quality - Solving Food Science Problems by Modelling

Are you a professional in the food industry and do you want to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about food quality?

In this online master's course we will study quantitative analysis of food quality and modelling. Since this online course is part-time, you will be able to combine study and work and enhance your career.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Mon 6 January 2020

Duration 4 weeks (20 hours per week). In consultation a flexible starting date is possible. Please contact the course coördinator for more information.
Location Online
Price description €1,230

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Content of the course

The focus of this course lies on analysis, evaluation and solution of problems related to food quality. This is done by mathematical modelling of existing food science problems from taken scientific literature. Knowledge from the various food science disciplines need to be integrated to use quantitative modelling tools to predict quality attributes of foods as well as the uncertainties therein.


The master's course consists of online knowledge clips, tutorials and feedback clips. Furthermore it includes guided practical training on applying models using Excel and case studies to apply modelling for food science problems from literature. Information will be made available via Blackboard. A textbook is available for additional background reading, but it is not necessary to buy the textbook (M.A.J.S. van Boekel, Kinetic modelling of reactions in foods. CRC/Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, 2008).

What you will learn

  • Explain and infer the nature of food quality attributes in relation to food quality.
  • Classify and infer food quality attribute changes from thermodynamic and kinetic principles.
  • Calculate uncertainties in parameters and predictions in case of kinetic models.
  • Practice with the nature and properties of mathematical equations relevant for food quality.
  • Deduce models, parameters and model predictions and their uncertainties;
  • Assess competing models on their ability to predict.
  • Appraise models on food quality that are applied in food science literature.

Combining courses

When you want to learn more about food processing, other courses are interesting for you too! You can deepen your knowledge in a specific career field, without following a complete master's programme. You can register for any combination, but these are our suggestions:

Capstone project

After completion of two or more courses there is a unique opportunity to apply what you have learned. You can start a capstone project in consultation with a Wageningen expert in the field. It is a tailor-made project, where you will write a short paper about your results and conclusions. During this work you will be coached by the expert.
Price: €1,230,-.

Assumed knowledge

The language of instruction of this course is in English. Admission to the course requires a level of English as defined at the website for Dutch nationals, EU nationals or nationals outside EU/EFTA respectively.   


You can complete the course(s) with an exam (not obligatory) or a capstone project. When completed successfully this will be mentioned on your certificate (included in the price).

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