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Food Science degrees in the Netherlands

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International Food & Agribusiness BSc

HAS green academy Netherlands

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Bachelor's Food Technology BSc

Wageningen University and Research Netherlands

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Process & Food Technology BA

The Hague University of Applied Sciences Netherlands

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Looking for graduate level options? See Masters degrees in Food Science in the Netherlands

Study a Food Science degree in the Netherlands in 2024

Food science is the branch of science that specifically looks at the properties of food, and how we can apply this knowledge in the processing, production, preservation, sanitation and distribution of food. With the current issues surrounding food availability and distribution, food safety and quality, sustainability, and health and nutrition, our understanding of food is becoming more and more crucial.

An undergraduate degree in food science will give you a foundation of knowledge in the area. You will study modules on food technology, food materials and ingredients, bacterial physiology, immunology, and nutrition regulation. These modules will allow you to build your knowledge around all areas of food science.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and food laboratory sessions. You may be required to take part in a food industry placement.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Food Product Development
  • Virology
  • Nutrition
  • Microbial Fermentation
  • Food Factory Operations
  • Food Analysis

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or submit a major research project in your final year, this will give you the opportunity to further research a favoured area of food science.

The accreditation of a food science degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Depending on your career path after you have graduated, you may be presented with further opportunities to earn professional or academic certifications and qualifications.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in food science will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your food science degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies might be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

Food science graduates will be suited to many different career paths. You may choose to work in a role directly related to food science. This could include the production and processing of food, quality assurance and safety, sales and marketing, and the regulation of food standards and laws.

You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills throughout your degree. These will be useful in a variety of job roles in different industries. Skills gained will include data collection and analysis, attention to detail, and presentation of reports and results.

Modules you study might include cell and molecular biology, human physiology and nutrition, food safety, food processing, and food quality assurance. Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These could include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and laboratory based projects. Depending on your course, you may also be able to take part in a work placement.

Study in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a great choice for international students, as it has a very large international population that would be ready to make any new international students feel at home. The Netherlands was also one of the first non-native English speaking countries to offer courses taught in English to international students. The Dutch people have a long standing reputation of being tolerant and open minded, meaning you will feel welcomed and comfortable as soon as you arrive in the country.

See our detailed guide to studying in the Netherlands for international students.

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