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Bachelor of Food Technology (BSc)VHL University of Applied Sciences
Study Food Technology
Creativity in the world of food, marketing and technology
Hardly a day goes by without new, better and healthier foods appearing in the shops. No-one can go without food; consumers’ demands are always developing, and the authorities are always making new demands. It is therefore not surprising that ‘quality’ and ‘innovation’ are the most important words in the food sector - and no wonder it is vital to stay up to date!
As a food technologist, you need to think in terms of market, quality and business whilst developing new products. A fantastic challenge for creative, technically-minded ‘foodies’! You will be able to deepen your knowledge of chemistry and economics, while you will also become absorbed in the fascinating world of microbiology, processing, nutrition, safety and health. Could you become part of this dynamic and international world? Do you enjoy technological innovation? Would you embrace the challenge of creating safe and healthy products? Are you determined to maintain your personal development, but unable to choose between technology, management and food-marketing? No problem: as a student of Food Technology, you will be able to blend them all together!
This programme has a long history and an excellent reputation, with our international network proving invaluable to our students. The benefits continue when you graduate. There is no shortage of opportunities in the food sector. With so many producers, there are plenty of jobs for people whose knowledge of food safety, marketing and technology span the wide range of business sectors within the food industry.
You can specialise in the following professional fields:
- Food Innovation Management
- Food Safety and Health
Food Innovation Management
Try pouring some orange juice into a bowl of milk and let it sit for an hour or so. It will clot. It will not look very appetising and no one will want to buy it. But these days you can buy a drink in the shops that consists of precisely these ingredients. It does not clot, and it is a great commercial success. There is an enormous demand for new, sometimes unlikely products. Putting them all together takes a combination of skills - in food technology, management and marketing, which explains why “nutrition plus” is at the heart of Van Hall Larenstein’s programme focusing on food innovation. Consumers want ever-increasing variety. Luckily for them, the technical potential for satisfying their desires is growing fast. So while our programme starts by looking at the consumer, it then goes on to look at everything else: not just the market and the product, but quality, management and operational issues as well. But at no point does it ever forget the reason for being in this business: your customers’ satisfied expressions when they have enjoyed your product.
Food Safety and Health
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. In order to improve public health, food production companies must adhere to the laws and regulations imposed by food safety authorities. For the final consumer, food safety concerns both short-term illnesses, such as food poisoning, and longterm ones, which can be life-threatening conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The intersection of all these factors creates the need for specialised professionals in the field of food safety, quality and health. They will develop their understanding and knowledge of key quality and safety issues, as well as gain an insight into the increasingly complex relationship between food and health. If you choose to specialise in Food Safety and Health, you will be challenged to develop your social, political and ethical skills to the fullest, while you will also acquire the basic knowledge of microbiology and technology which will help you to succeed in this field.
You will be following objective specific courses, doing practical periods and preparing an exciting graduation assignment. The programme is competency based: each theoretical subject supports workgroup situations in which students tackle practical problems and explore workable solutions. This means that you will be active from day one, learning to work independently as you collaborate with others. The programme culminates in practical placements and a thesis project conducted in an international setting.
Our graduates work as quality managers, product developers, project managers, process technologists and food safety advisors. Which is hardly surprising – your studies will have prepared you to excel in all of them.
One of the general admission requirements this 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL has received your complete application.
You need to have A-levels or equivalent to be eligible to enter the first year of the Bachelor programme of your choice. You must also have a sufficient knowledge of the English Language* and basic computer skills.
- Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
- TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (internet based);
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
- Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.
For some programmes, complementary requirements or recommendations apply, for example Maths, Chemistry or Biology. Applicants with additional and relevant professional or academic background may apply for course exemptions for courses taught in year 1 and year 2 of our Bachelor programmes. Exemptions are granted only after individual assessment of the student’s background. Applicants with a different background may also be eligible for enrolment.
Please visit our website for these extra entry requirements. All qualifications will be assessed and approved for admission by the VHL admissions board.
For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.
There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.
For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programs a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).
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