Master's course

Food Ingredient Functionality

Are you a professional in the food industry and do you want to strengthen your expertise and knowledge about how food ingredients work and how they can be improved for efficient use in food systems?

In this online master’s course the relationships between the structure of food ingredients and their techno-functional and bio-functional properties are studied. As 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 22 November 2021 until Thu 16 December 2021

Duration 4 weeks (20 hours per week).
Location Online
Price EUR 1,230.00

Content of the course

This course studies the relationships between the structure of food ingredients and their functionality. Functionality comprises techno-functional (e.g. gelling, foaming, emulsifying) and bio-functional (e.g. hormone look-alikes, cholesterol-lowering, appetite suppressant) properties. Strategies to improve these ingredients for efficient use in food systems will be discussed. The following aspects will be covered: - overview of ingredients and their applications - extent to which ingredients are interchangeable - structure-function relationships of food ingredients, and their behaviour in food systems - directed ingredient modification to improve functionality

Online education

The activities during this course comprise: knowledge clips, animations, self-study of the material, digital case studies and group work. The knowledge clips provide the theoretical background of the different topics. This will be complimented with reading material.

You will learn to

  • Explain the mechanism of action of techno-functional or bio-functional ingredients.
  • Explain why ingredients with similar chemical structures can have different techno- and bio-functionalities.
  • Explain how ingredient functionality can be influenced by processing.
  • Predict and explain the effect of interactions between different food ingredients under different conditions.

Combining courses

When you want to learn more about ingredient functionality, 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,-.

Level of 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 online master's course(s) with an exam (not obligatory) or a capstone project. If you don’t complete the course with an exam or if you do not pass the exam successfully, you can ask for a certificate of attendance. When you successfully complete the course and the exam, you are entitled to a certificate of successful completion. The certificate is included in the course price.

Examination dates

  • Exam: 16 December 2021
  • Resit exam: between 28 February 2022 and 6 March 2022

Meet the instructors