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Food Technology (Bachelor's)

The food technology degree programme is as diverse as the career opportunities that follow it: from the theoretical scientific foundations to practical implementation in production, marketing and trade. All the way from the raw materials to the supermarket shelves. Be it microbiology, process engineering or food law, statistics, sensor technology or communication skills – we train genuine all-rounders.


Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Duration of studies

7 semesters

Language of instruction

German (proof of proficiency is required)



Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions



Information about events for potential students can be found on the German page for the degree programme.


Content of the Food Technology course

Food Technology deals with physical, chemical, microbiological, technological, legal and business management aspects of food production. It therefore represents an interdisciplinary engineering science. Accordingly, both the course content and the subsequent career opportunities are very varied.

Once you have learned the fundamental scientific, mathematical and engineering principles, you will get to know the multitude of processes involved in industrial food production in a range of sectors. Through practical courses and excursions, you will be encouraged to plan, control and monitor food technology processes, to design and develop products and systems, and to operate systems. The practical semester, which has to be completed within an industrial company, helps to support your studies.

With a wide range of elective modules, you can deepen your industry knowledge or practical skills according to your own interests and personal goals.

Food technology student at a microphone


Food Technology: course structure

The compulsory modules specified in the Study and Examination Regulations (SPO) must be attended by all students. In addition, a minimum number of elective subjects must be completed that allow students to deepen their industry expertise and skills according to their personal interests and goals: 
Module descriptions Food Technology programme (Modulbeschreibungen Studiengang Lebensmitteltechnologie SoSe 2020)

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  • 1st semester

      1. Allgemeine & anorganische Chemie, physikalische Chemie
      2. Einführung in die Zellbiologie & Humanphysiologie
      3. Technische Kommunikation
      4. Höhere Mathematik
      5. Physik Technische Mechanik & Strömungsmechanik
      6. Betrieb & Markt
      • 2nd semester

        1. Grundlagen der Informatik
        2. Organische Chemie
        3. Elemente des Maschinen & Apparatebaus
        4. Getreidetechnologie
        5. Statistik
        6. Physik Thermodynamik, Transportvorgänge & Elektrodynamik
      • 3rd semester

        1. Mikrobiologie
        2. Haltbarmachung & Verpackung von Lebensmitteln
        3. Thermische Verfahrenstechnik
        4. Lebensmittel & Biochemie
        5. Lebensmittelrecht
        6. Technologie & Biotechnologie der Lebensmittel pflanzlichen Ursprungs
      • 4th semester

        1. Lebensmittelanalytik & Sensorik
        2. Marketing & Controlling
        3. Qualitätsmanagement
        4. Lebensmittel Mikrobiologie & Hygiene
        5. Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik
        6. Required elective module languages
      • 5th semester

        1. Practical training semester
      • 6th semester

        1. Technologie & Biotechnologie der Lebensmittel tierischen Ursprungs
        2. Technologie & Biotechnologie flüssiger Lebensmittel
        3. Prozesstechnik
        4. Required elective modules
        5. Subject-specific required elective modules
      • 7th semester

        1. Subject-specific required elective modules
        2. Bachelor's Thesis
        • Courses in English

          Project Work in Food Technology Research


          You will work on a subarea of a current research project and produce an English-language report (scope of study and the ECTS points attainable are agreed on an individual basis).

          Courses in English

          • Sustainability in Horticulture and Food Technology (summer semester)
          • Plant Proteins (summer semester)
          • Technical English for Food Technologists (summer and winter semester)
          • English modules from other degree programmes at HSWT
        • Module handbooks

          Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.

          Food Technology degree programme modules

          1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2016/17

          Weihenstephan Language Centre modules

          1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum 98 (Bachelor)

          Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Weihenstephan

          1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule


        After graduation: career prospects

        Where will you go on to work?

          • All sectors of the food industry, such as confectionary manufacturers and dairy producers
          • Related branches such as the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry
          • The supply industry
          • Research institutes, research laboratories and foodstuff control centres
          • Machine and system construction for the food industry and related industry branches

          What might you do there?

          • Production or operations management
          • Process or product development
          • Facility design
          • Quality management & food safety
          • Purchasing, marketing & sales
          • Management of chemistry, microbiology or sensor technology laboratories.

          Andreas Gebhart studied "Food Technology" at HSWT. As the son of a butcher, he not only knows the craft but also the problems of the meat industry. He sold the family business and founded his own company focusing on sustainability and animal welfare: Veggie Meat GmbH, which manufactures products using powdered pea protein. He tells his story in this video.

          Andreas Gebhart, Managing Director of Veggie Meat GmbH

          "For me, the most important part of the course was the diversity of subjects covered. It gives you a good overview of various fields of work, both in the food industry and in adjacent industries and research facilities. You establish a basic framework which enables you to solve problems you encounter later on. The willingness of the professors to help was just as important for me."

          Marie Krottenthaler, Food Technology specialist working in Quality Management for the UN World Food Programme

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          Foodtechnology degre programme: requirements

          There are no admission restrictions in terms of NC (numerus clausus) for the food technology programme. Information on the general admission requirements is available here.

          Before beginning the course, students must complete a six-week internship. Due to the current situation, the mandatory pre-study internship is not needed to start the studies in October 2022.

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          • Good reasons to complete a pre-study internship

            1. You will gain an insight into a food technology company.
            1. You will get to know the specifics of +working in food technology.
            1. You will take on the perspective of a food technologist and learn industry-specific manual skills.
            1. This will boost your motivation to study.

            While searching for a suitable company for a pre-study internship, you’ll start getting to know companies in your region.


          Food Technology: Course with intensive practical work

          The Food Technology bachelor’s programme can also be taken as a 'Course with intensive practical work' (Studium mit vertiefter Praxis (StmvP). In addition to the standard Bachelor’s programme, this type of work-study (dual) course offers students the opportunity to gain extensive professional experience within a company in the food technology sector during set practical phases.

          The close link between academic theory and professional practice paves the way for excellent career opportunities, as an increasing number of companies are now participating in work-study programmes in order to recruit management staff with substantial practical experience early on.

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          • Information event

            Each year, the cooperating companies present their offers to students who are in their second semester.

            Next information event: spring 2023

          • Organisation and time schedule

            The course with intensive practical work corresponds to the regular Food Technology degree programme in terms of content and timing. Students begin studying on 1 October in the year of application.

            During the first two semesters, those interested in a combined work-study course can apply to food industry companies who will select suitable candidates to enter the work-study programme after the lecture-period in the second semester. The university will help with this.

            For the remainder of the study period, placements will be carried out during the holidays and practical training semester. Students will receive a monthly salary throughout the work-study course. The salary is agreed upon between the company and the individual student. The bachelor’s thesis is written in cooperation with the company. It may be possible to enter into a working relationship with the relevant company once your studies end.


            Studienablauf Lebensmitteltechnologie dual

          • Becoming a cooperation partner

            Why not become a work-study partner? You will surely find the talent your company is looking for!
            See, an initiative of Hochschule Bayern e.V., for a sample training agreement for courses with intensive practical work (Bachelor).

            If you wish, we are also happy to send you a personalised sample training agreement for the Food Technology degree programme at HSWT or a collaboration agreement between you and the university.

            Contact us!

          • Contact

          • Downloadable documents

            1. Quality standards (Qualitätsstandards für das duale Studienangebot der Dachmarke hochschule dual)
            1. For companies: Praxispartner-Broschüre von hochschule dual (Bayerns Netzwerk für duales Studieren)

          Companies from the food industry who are involved in the programme:

          Logotype Molkerei Bauer

          Why study Food Technology at Weihenstephan?

          Practice-orientated and effective teaching

          • Application-based courses (exercises and practical work)
          • Networking with other institutions in Weihenstephan (Fraunhofer Institute etc.)
          • Use of the facilities at the Centre for Research and Knowledge Transfer (Zentrum für Forschung und Wissenstransfer), particularly the Institute for Food Technology (Institut für Lebensmitteltechnologie)
          • Close contact with companies in the foodstuffs industry

          Opportunity to personalise study profile

          • Select modules based on your personal interests

          Diverse student living in Freising

          • Many student events at the Weihenstephan campus
          • Student town of Freising offers many cultural, sporting and social options and is close to Munich


          Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

          … please let us know

          how we can help:

          Our degree programme ambassadors for the Food Technology course

          When you are choosing a degree programme, it makes sense to speak to students to get an idea of what it is actually like to do the course. There are some questions that are best answered by the students themselves. That’s why degree programme ambassadors Nadja Kernbichl and Juliette Röhrl are here for you. Please feel free to get in touch with them and ask any questions you have.

          Our degree programme ambassadors Nadja Kernbichl (left) and Juliette Röhrl (photo: private).
          Our degree programme ambassadors Nadja Kernbichl (left) and Juliette Röhrl (photo: private).

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          Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
          Fakultät Gartenbau und Lebensmitteltechnologie
          Am Staudengarten 10
          85354 Freising

          T +49 8161 71-3378
          F +49 8161 71-4417

          Examination regulations

          Learning objectives of the degree programme

          Lernziele des Studiengangs "Lebensmitteltechnologie"

          Our master's degree programme

          Master’s degree programme in Food Quality

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