Admission requirements - MSc Food Quality Management

Interested in the master's programme Food Safety? Find out whether your knowledge and skills match the entry level of the programme.

This page describes the previous knowledge and skills required for admission to the Food Quality Management programme specifically. For an overview of all the programme specific requirements you can download this document.

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Admission requirements

Required knowledge and skills

Purpose and reason for the admission requirements

The admission requirements for Food Quality Management are defined in such a way that the students should be able to successfully complete at least one of the specializations of the master's programme Food Quality Management within two years. In order to comply this interdisciplinary programme, the student needs to have sufficient academic knowledge and skills in either life or social sciences related to food and nutrition. This is to ensure that the student has got a solid basis for the more advanced studies and integration in the master's programme.

The used criterion for admission is

a WUR BSc degree in Food Technology, Nutrition and Health, Management and Consumer Studies, or equivalent.

The norm for this equivalence is

An assessment of the student's expertise in either of the following two complete categories:

  • Category 1. Life Sciences

    • Food Sciences (food engineering, food chemistry, food microbiology, food quality and safety, gastronomy, and/or dairy science)
    • Nutrition (dietetics)
    • Pharmacy
    • Veterinary sciences
  • Category 2. Social Sciences

    • Economics (business economics, consumer behaviour) applied to food
    • Management Studies (supply chain management, operations research, logistics)

Not all topics mentioned need to be mastered at the same level; they will be weighed by the Admission Board per individual application.

Method of assessment whether this norm is met

  • Transcript of records displaying the content of previous course subjects and project work;
  • Curriculum vitae displaying relevant work, internship and/or project experience on an academic level in a relevant field if applicable.

Scores attributed by the Admission Board

Admitted / not admitted / admitted under condition obtaining the BSc or MSc degree / not admitted with offer of pre-master

Compensation of knowledge gaps

The Admission Board may allow and/or suggest compensation of knowledge gaps by:

  • a GPA≥7.0* for the previous education for small discrepancies as new knowledge is sufficiently easily acquired;
  • a GPA≥7.0* and an individual pre-master's programme for larger discrepancies that can be compensated in ≤30 ECTS and one year of study.

*Check the general admissions page for the International credentials evaluation guide for international equivalencies to a Dutch GPA>7.0. This guide includes compensating factors for a slightly lower GPA the Admission Board may include in their judgement.

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Additional context for admission

Admissible study programmes

Graduates from study programmes that may meet the knowledge requirements for Food Quality Management are for example: Dairy Science & Technology, Dietetics, Food & Business, Food Engineering, Food Quality & Safety, Food Science (& Technology), Gastonomical Sciences, Logistics Management, Management Studies, Nutrition, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Sciences.

Programmes with knowledge gaps

Study programmes whose students often have to follow additional courses during the previous study programme or a pre-master to fulfil the knowledge requirements are for example: Animal Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Culinary Sciences, Economy, Environmental Health, Food Design, Horticulture, Hotel Management, Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Post-Harvest Technology, and Public Health.

Students from the BSc 'Voedingsmiddelentechnologie' of the HAS University of Applied Sciences may be directly admissible. The terms of their admissibility is presented during the annual on-site information session.