Food Technology - Food Innovation Management

SubjectFood, Chemistry


Type of DegreeBSc

CostEUR 2,314


Cost non-EUEUR 9,000

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Developing the world of food, marketing and technology

Could chewing gum with chocolate flavour, healthy crisps or sugar-free biscuits be one of your ideas? Do you believe it is important that food is safe and of a high quality? Then this is the ideal educational programme for you! Use your ideas and enrol in the Food Technology programme. We educate you to become a quality manager, consultant or the creator of the latest, most successful food product of the future!

You will combine technology, product development and marketing. In addition, you will be communicating with clients, suppliers and supermarkets. You will think from the perspective of the consumer in terms of health, safety, marketing, product and quality. A fantastic challenge for ‘foodies’ with a technological and creative mind-set, with a focus on the requirements of consumers and producers.

By studying Food Technology, you will learn how to analyse food with subjects such as chemistry and microbiology, how to apply this knowledge in innovative solutions and how to sell them to consumers. Drop by for a visit some time to see what else we do in the Food Technology programme!

Study programme

Van Hall Larenstein applies a curriculum that balances technical training and practical experience.

During the first two years, you will gain foundation knowledge of all aspects of the food technology, from quality management to product development and sustainable entrepreneurship. You will also have the opportunity to complete a short internship to gain initial exposure to the commercial world.

With a solid and comprehensive understanding of the industry, in the third year, you will conduct more in-depth studies in food innovation management and food safety and health, which are the two most important areas in food technology. This will be followed by a semester-long internship, where you can apply your technical training to develop practical solutions for the industry.

In the final year, you will take a minor to diversify your experience and a graduation project to improve your research skills.

Although as an undergraduate student you are not expected to develop specialist knowledge, you can show your future employers your ability to research and analyse a topic in depth by taking a specialisation. On this track, you will specialise in food innovation management.

Learning by doing: Food through the lens of innovation

The specialisation in Food Innovation Management looks at food products from the angle of innovation. Our world is full of innovative food products, wrapped in clever packaging and combining unusual ingredients that taste great together. Have you ever wondered who thinks of these products and how they are made? If you are boiling over with ideas for developing better, tastier and healthier products, then it is high time to convert them into reality and specialise in Food Innovation Management!

This English-taught specialisation will teach you how to make the most successful food products of the future. Ideas such as edible exams or beer-flavoured chewing gum sound great, but before you can put your ideas into practice, you will need a solid theoretical basis in in technology, management and food marketing.

Students start out by studying the chemistry and technological processes behind a product and the entrepreneurial aspects of marketing and sales. Food Innovation Management will train you to work as product developer, quality manager or commercial technologist in international food companies. These are only a few of the career possibilities available to you!

Specialising in Food innovation management

The Food Technology programme starts out by looking at the consumer, and then goes on to look at everything else: not just the market trends and the product, but quality management and operational issues as well. In the first and second years, you will acquire a solid theoretical background in Food Technology and complete your first internship.

In the third year of the Bachelor programme, you will be ready to specialise in Food Innovation Management, with a focus on product development and innovation. The first six months consist of theoretical and practical courses and the development of your own product in the lab. In the second half you do an external work placement in a food company in The Netherlands or abroad.

The first half of your fourth year is dedicated to a minor, which is an elective study programme. It consists of advanced subjects related to a central theme: nutrition and health, for example, or food safety, quality and the consumer. The final step will be your graduation assignment, a project in which you apply your knowledge in a company that fits your major study profile. Once you have successfully defended it, you will be ready to become a developer and innovator in the food technology sector.

Entry requirements

You need to have three A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Chemistry and mathematics are preferred A' Level subjects but are not mandatory.

Meet Van Hall Larenstein

Coming to an Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Van Hall Larenstein and the "Food Technology" programme.

Upcoming open days:

  • 16th February 2019

Van Hall Larenstein also offers the "Food Technology" webinar, which you can access via the university's website. The next webinar will take place on 5th March 2019 and you can sign up at

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