The food industry is in constant development: new products and production processes go hand in hand with the ever increasing risks and dangers of the modern world. By specialising in Food Safety and Health, you can play a role in contributing to improving public health. The first steps are taken by food safety authorities, who translate advancements in food safety into laws and regulations. Food production companies are bound to adhere to these rules, as consumers are demanding higher standards of quality and safety for the foods they buy. This is where you come into play. Your understanding of developing new healthier products, as well as of which kind of ingredients to use to replace some of the unhealthier elements such as fat and sugar, will benefit the final consumer.
By specialising in Food Safety and Health, you will gain the basic knowledge of microbiology and technology that will help you to succeed in the food sector.
In the third and fourth year of the Bachelor of Food Technology (BSc) programme, you can choose to specialise in Food Safety and Health. By your third year, you will already know that to be able to manage and analyse the safe production of food, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary. In the first semester of the third year, you will be focusing on food microbiology, chemistry, quality management, risk assessment and risk management In addition, you will work on a Food Safety assignment, which will be both theoretical and practical. Furthermore, it is possible that you will be assigned to solve a real-life crisis-case in the first half of the third year. The second half of the third year consists of an external placement at a food company.
The first half of the fourth year is dedicated to a minor, which is an elective course. You can fill this course by selecting 30 credits worth of subjects related to Food Safety and Health at Bachelor level. This way, you can either broaden the scope of your study programme or specialise even further. The last part of the fourth year will be dedicated to the thesis. This is a graduation project in which you apply your theoretical knowledge in practice at a food company that fits the profile of your specialisation.
Students can do their placement and later possibly find a job at international food companies such as Mars, Nestle, Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Heinz, Avebe, DSM, as well as at small-scale companies in the food industry.