Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management

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Changes and innovations in the international dairy sector

The Master IDCM (MSc) focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. IDCM (MSc) is suitable for candidates interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains, and the Netherlands’ dairy industry is used as example for innovations. It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain. "Innovative" stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for farms and the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production, processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas.

The Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc) is taught at our VHL location in Leeuwarden. The language of instruction is English. 

It is possible for international students to follow the second part of the master online. This applies to the study unit Research Design & Implementation and the study unit Thesis. Guidance in assignments and the Thesis will be given via online tools. In this way, your stay in the Netherlands will be limited to 20 weeks, in case there is a need to save costs for board and lodging.


Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

Master coordinator Robert Baars
+31 (0)6-53128984

Recruitment officer Laura Baars
+31 (0)6-12808687

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The master IDCM is being developed through the Education Programme of the Dairy Campus which is subsidised by the SNN (Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland).


Information about this programme:

EEA€ 2,060 a year
NON-EEA€ 13,500 a year
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