Programme Food Technology

The online master Food Technology is one of the specialisations of the Food Technology programme. Content wise the online and on campus programme are close to identical . The main difference is the nominal duration and the study load per week. Where the on campus programme has a study load of roughly 40 hours and can be finalised in two years, the online programme has a minimum study load of 20 hours per week and takes 4 years to finalise (early graduation in the 4th year is possible in some cases).

Year 1 and 2

The first two years, students follow courses. Click here to see the complete course description in the study handbook. Our virtual learning platforms can be used to watch pre-recorded lectures, knowledge clips, assignments and discussion forums. This way, students can acces the study materials at their convenience. During the courses, the platforms are also used to communicate with WUR staff, and fellow students learning remotely.

Lab courses in Wageningen

To combine theory with essential practicals in a lab setting, there are two on-campus courses included in the programme. During the first and the second year, students will participate in a two week lab course at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Click here to learn more about the on-campus lab courses in Wageningen.

Online exams

Most courses in the programme have an exam that takes place in the final week of the course. The exams of the courses take place online during one specific timeslot. Since students of the online programme live in different time zones, the scheduling of the exams has been optimised to find a timeslot that is most convenient overall. Please keep in mind that stable and fast internet facilities are required and in some cases an exam may be scheduled during one of your working days.

Year 3 and 4: Thesis and Internship

The nominal duration of this programme is 4 years. However, there is the possibility to switch between part-time and full-time enrollment during the programme. This allows students to manage their own study pace. In some cases, students may not need the entire 4th year to finalise the programme.


The thesis is a project under the supervision of a thesis supervisor, with a strong scientific character. It allows students to put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice by individually and independently conducting a research project within the field of Food Technology. Students within this programme have the possibility to write their thesis at their employer (if certain conditions are met), at Wageningen University or sometimes a combination of the two is possible. Topics may align with existing research projects at the food science and technology chair groups or students may suggest other topics. The thesis is typically finalised within 12 months part-time or 6 months full-time and students are informed during the programme about their options.


During the academic MSc internship, the student puts the acquired knowledge and skills into practice and at the same time deepens/gains relevant work experience at an academic level. You can organise your internship within your professional context either at your current employer or at a another organisation within the field of Food Technology. The Wageningen University internship office has an extensive network, which may assist in finding an internship. Students with a specific interest in deepening their academic skills may integrate scientific research questions and analyses in their report writing under the supervision of a researcher.

Individual courses for students and professionals: Wageningen Academy

If you wish to strengthen your expertise and knowledge in one or a few subjects only, you are welcome to join individual courses. The perfect way to enhance your knowledge and get inspired by the experts from Wageningen University & Research from the comfort of your home, developed and organised by Wageningen Academy. You can find the overview of the all courses here.