Specialisation Quality Management and Entrepreneurship

The specialisation Quality Management and Entrepreneurship (D) gives insight into developing business in that complex and dynamic environment and taking into account the several and sometimes conflicting demands (on quality, safety, environment-sustainability) posed by consumers, companies (e.g. retailers, producers), governmental agencies and/or NGO’s. Research thesis topics are e.g. on how food companies deal with such different and dynamic demands in designing a management system, the influence of such stakeholders on prioritizing the demands.

Academic year, study load and course names and codes

In the first year of your Master programme you are expected to take 60 credits (European Credits or ECTS). There are three types of courses: compulsory courses (cs), restricted optionals (RO) and electives. The specialization Quality Management and Entrepeneurship typically contains 5 compulsory courses, 2 restricted optionals and 3 electives.

The table below shows the specialization programme and courses. The course content can be found in the on-line study handbook.
*This course can be replaced by an elective, in case of sufficient background knowledge. In case of you have a technical background, you take the course Management and Marketing instead.

First year

Compulsory courses: Restricted optional 1: select one Restricted optional 2: select one Electives:
Food Quality Management Advanced Management and Marketing Principles of entrepreneurship Select three electives in consultant with your study advisor.
Food Law Advanced Tools in Quality Management Food Safety Economics
FQM Research Principles 1 Food Fraud and Mitigation
FQM Research Principles 2
Food Quality Analysis and Judgement*

Second year

The second year consists of an individual thesis project (minimum 36 ECTS) and an internship (minimum 24 ECTS). The topics of the thesis and internship has to be within the scope of the specialization. The thesis is carried out at Wageningen University. The internship is always outside Wageningen University and can be in any country, at a university, a company or an institute. Thesis topics and internship supervision for this specialization are offered by the Food Quality and Design group.