Our favorite pastime is eating. When visiting a new city, some travelers rush to the ritzy retail shops, find the best museums, or visit the famous sports stadium, but we always gravitate toward the local grocery stores and the food markets. This made me wonder what food science degree options existed in Europe.
The Beyond the States database contains dozens of programs related to food and beverage, and some of the best food science programs in Europe. These food science degree programs have different focuses; some are more about food science or agribusiness, while others focus on the arts-related aspects of the field, such as writing or criticism.
If you find yourself more interested in the business side of food, the European Food Business bachelor’s program at Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Droten, Netherlands, could be a good fit. Though based in the Netherlands, students also get to spend time studying in both France and Italy. I also found the focus on entrepreneurship and innovation interesting. The first two years provide a basis in business management, marketing and food product development. In the fourth year you will create your own business, based on a product of choice. The annual tuition is € 7,676.
Another great option for a food science degree is the Agriculture and Food bachelor’s program at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. This program includes scientific understanding of biological principles of agriculture, orientation in current agricultural technology, and obtaining basic knowledge on the quality and processing of agricultural products and food. The first half of the course of study focuses on applied sciences and relationships between environment and agricultural practices in both crop and animal production. In the second part of this food science degree, students are encouraged to use their developing knowledge and skills to identify practical problems of the production systems to meet the production, economic, and environmental goals, as well as the quality of agricultural products and food safety. Graduates gain a comprehensive background which provides flexibility in the labor market or expertise to run their own business. Tuition is 3,200 Euros per year.
As a joint venture of four universities under the auspices of Erasmus Mundus, the European Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, Technology, and Business holds classes in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, and Portugal. This food science program has a strong, built-in travel experience as the student cohort moves from Gent to Porto to Kothen to Dublin and back to Gent for graduation. The schools are Catholic University of Portugal, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, University College Dublin, and KU Leuven. This program covers a broad range of topics concerning sustainable food production and processing, agri-business, including quantitative methods such as predictive modelling and risk assessment within a multidisciplinary approach.The program also provides a vertical in-depth specialization, with units focusing on topics in Risk and Safety, Innovative Technology, Energy and Food Chains, and Sustainable Food Production. The tuition is € 6,000 per year.
Whether a food science degree is worth it depends on individual career goals and interests. A degree in food science can lead to a variety of careers in the food and beverage industry, including food research and development, quality control, and food safety. These careers can be fulfilling and offer good job security and potential for advancement. However, it's important to carefully research the job market and consider factors such as job prospects, salary expectations, and personal passions before making a decision.
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