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Create and innovate in the world of food, marketing and technology

By choosing the Bachelor in Food Technology (BSc), you could become one of the creative food experts who dedicate their career to developing new products and introducing them onto the international food market. The food industry is an industry that most consumers take for granted. Healthier, tastier and innovative food products are appearing on our supermarket shelves almost daily. With this huge product range and the consumers’ increasing demand for variety, the need for food technologists is growing rapidly.

Nowadays, consumers increasingly demand healthy, safe and tasty foods. As a food technologist, you analyse consumers and their demands in terms of marketing, product quality and business administration. Market research, knowledge of production processes and product properties, and, perhaps most importantly, understanding what happens in the human body when we consume food, are crucial in developing new foodstuffs. You study the chemical, microbiological and chemical composition of food, while you also dive into the fascinating world of nutrition, flavour, trends, trade and health. This is a fantastic challenge for creative, technically-minded 'foodies'. As there are currently far less graduates than job openings, food technology graduates have the luxury of choice on the job market, which is a big advantage in this day and age.

Generally, food technologists are innovative, enthusiastic and business-minded people with a passion for food and a comprehensive understanding of the sciences. From chemistry and microbiology to marketing, from engineering to advanced technologies: the interdisciplinary Food Technology Bachelor programme covers all these topics and more!

Within the Bachelor of Food Technology, you can choose to specialise in the following professional fields:

The Bachelor of Food Technology (BSc) lasts 4 years. In Leeuwarden, the entire study programme, including the professional fields, is taught in Dutch. In Velp, the entire study programme, including the professional fields, is taught in English. 

You can read everything about the regulations and examinations in the:
Education and Examination Regulations of Food Technology location Velp



Information about this programme:

EEA€ 2,083 a year
NON-EEA€ 8,750 a year
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