Food Technology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 14.5 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
187 place StudyQA ranking:6513 Duration:2 years

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Programme presentation

The MSc programme in Food Technology provides you with an understanding of modern food production and profound knowledge of technologies associated with the production of healthy, safe food.

Food technology is an innovative, exciting, and highly interdisciplinary field of study; meeting the challenges related to global market requirements, changing consumer demands, sustainability, social responsibility, and competitiveness requires knowledge in a wide range of areas. 

Food Technology at DTU is thus an interdisciplinary study programme involving different departments and disciplines, including microbiology, biochemistry, physics, chemical engineering, and engineering.

Study programme focus

The Food Technology programme aims to provide you with profound analytical, design, and development skills in terms of technologies and processes related to modern production of healthy, safe food. 

The programme covers a wide range of courses in technical fields of activity, food science, management, and communication. In addition, the food industry and other external stakeholders also play an active role on the programme, allowing you to work with highly relevant, real-life issues and projects.

Focus areas

Your choice of courses in your individual study plan offers a high degree of flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study programme by choosing from the wide range of courses. Experience shows, however, that students tend to choose specialization courses with focus on either food production or food safety. 

You also have the opportunity to choose one of the two special programmes—Brewer (in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and the Scandinavian School of Brewing) or AQFood (in collaboration with four other Nordic universities).


The Food Technology programme qualifies you for employment in food companies and related industries involved in food production, quality, and safety as well as equipment manufacturing—in Denmark and internationally. You may also have the opportunity to engage in public or private research, development, and consultancy in the field of food.

About programme

General Competence Courses

23101 Introduction to food production chains 10 point E1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)
23102 Food Safety in Production Chains 10 point F2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)
23521 Hygienic design in the food industry 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)
23531 Entrepreneurship in Food 5 point August
42435 Knowledge based Entrepreneurship 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17) and F2A (Mon 13-17)
42490 Technology, economics, management and organisation (TEMO) 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17), F5 (Wed 8-17)


Courses 23101 and 23102 are mandatory for the Food Technology main programme.

You must also take at least 5 point courses among 23531, 42435 and 42490.

Technological Specialization Courses

23205 Fighting Infectious Diseases 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
23301 Practical Chemical Food Safety 5 point January
23302 Food Chemistry 5 point F3A (Tues 8-12)
23511 Food Production Engineering Basics 10 point E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
23520 Food Process Design 10 point F4A (Tues 13-17) and F4B (Fri 8-12)
23521 Hygienic design in the food industry 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)
23522 Rheology of food and biological materials 5 point January
23532 Beer brewing and quality control summer course 5 point July
23564 Integrated product development in the food industry 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17)
23661 A Taste of Toxicology! Chemicals and Health 5 point January
23836 Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment 5 point June
27301 Advanced Biochemistry 10 point E2A (Mon 13-17) and E5B (Wed 13-17)
27419 Systems Mycology 5 point F1A (Mon 8-12)
28233 Recovery and purification of biological products 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
28530 Transport Processes 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17)
42372 Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Systems 10 point E1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)


  • Passport or national ID card
  • Supporting documents uploaded as one document
    • copy of passport or national ID card
    • statement of purpose (A 400 - 600 Word statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
    • CV
    • two recommendation letters (should be on the university or company letterhead and signed by the concerned)
    • diploma supplement (optional) (can be submitted later - please refer to the deadlines)
  • Description of the grade scale used at your home university (optional). In many cases this is stated on your academic transcript, or on the university website.
  • Description of how the grade scale is applied at your university (optional). It can e.g. be what percentage of students who get the top marks per year, or information similar to this.
  • Documentation of completed academic degrees or in-progress academic degrees: (All academic documents should be certified) 
    • Transcript of records (in original language and translated into English)
    • Diploma (in original language and translated into English) - (can be submitted later - please refer to the deadlines) 

      When applying for admission, you must provide evidence of your academic attainments and proficiency in English. Certificates and academic transcripts in languages other than Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish must be accompanied by a certified translation into one of those four languages. DTU will only accept IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson certificates that we can verify online.

International students

In order to be admitted with a Bachelor degree or equivalent taken at a non-Danish university, your study must have been at a level comparable to that of a Danish BSc Eng degree and of sufficient relevance to Food Technology, like

  • BSc Eng in Food Science and Technology
  • BSc Eng in Human Life Science Engineering
  • BSc Eng in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology

All non-Danish applicants are individually assessed accordingly.

Financial support and scholarships

DTU has a very limited number of tuition fee waivers to award foreign, new non-EU/EEA MSc students at DTU. The tuition fee waivers are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The tuition fee waiver is usually granted to cover part of the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases, the total tuition fee. The tuition fee waivers will be awarded in March/April.   

All non-EU/EEA students who apply before the 15 January deadline and who wish to apply for a tuition fee waiver must submit a separate personal statement with the application, clearly specifying that you are applying for the tuition fee waiver. The personal statement must include graduate goals, research interests, and experiences. Please target your personal statement to the admission requirements and curriculum for the MSc program in question. If you do not include a separate statement for the waiver, your application will not be considered for the same.

Global Study Awards:

Study Portals are offering the Global Study Awards to 9 students, starting their studies in 2016.

To be eligible for The Global Study Awards applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or over on the study programme start date
  • Have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, and receive an official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council in the last 2 years and before the application deadline
  • Have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and/or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) at the time of application: if there’s no local issuing office for the ISIC identity card in your country, contact
  • Plan to enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad between  1 August 2016 and 31 October 2016
  • Provide an acceptance letter from the relevant institution by the relevant cut-off date
  • Write a short review of your study experience at the review for should be about your past experience as a student in your country of origin. It is not about your study abroad experience.

You can choose any university, as long as it is abroad from your country of origin.

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