Are you interested in how food is produced, what it contains, how and where the plants are grown and the animals are reared? Do you want to make a difference in keeping the effects of food consumption on the environment, nature and the climate as low as possible? Are you interested in shaping the development process of foodstuff from farm to fork economically and efficiently, but also in a way that is fair for the people involved? Then the foodstuff management degree programme is the right place for you! Our graduates are highly sought-after at present and this will continue in the future. As the current crisis has once again shown: jobs in the food industry are secure and crisis-resistant.
The seven-semester bachelor’s degree programme in Foodstuff Management will give you specialist knowledge of the food industry. Food quality from the start of the food chain is a central topic. You will learn why food quality starts with the agricultural industry and how you can maintain or improve it.
After two semesters you can choose one of the two specialisations:
The Organic Food Production specialisation centres on the sustainable production of organic food products. You will obtain specific skills relating to the organic food industry which is growing in market significance year on year and is becoming popular among young people. You will learn about production and marketing opportunities which help small businesses such as bakeries, butcher’s, direct marketers and manufacturers set themselves apart from industrially produced food products.
In the second specialisation, Foodstuff Management, you will focus on learning the processes of the food industry. It is one of Germany’s leading industries and employs around 618,000 people across its 6100 companies.
During the fifth semester, the practical training semester, you will work for a food production company or food retailer. After this you will choose your specialist area of study and set the course for your future professional career.
- In the Food production specialisation you will learn the theory and practice of milk processing, meat processing and the production of plant-based foodstuffs. You can choose two of the three options.
- Management, the second specialist area of study, covers management, organisation, innovation and sales.
But neither specialisation would be complete without economic viability. So you will also gain essential expertise in business economics, product development and marketing for success in raw materials markets and sales markets.
The degree programme’s final two semesters in particular offer plenty of opportunities for developing your own individual profile. From business plans for start-ups and marketing for retailers to international markets, business intelligence and the environmental performance of food, there is a broad range of optional modules to choose from.
The degree programme balances theoretical and practical content. The course is based on case studies and project work, as well as other learning methods. Above all, however, the practical study semester ensures that the course has a particular practical focus. In addition to specialist knowledge, integrated courses also allow students to develop social and methodical skills to aid their personal development. Particular value is placed on team work in interdisciplinary projects.
With the food industry becoming increasingly international, we give our students the opportunity to learn a new foreign language or improve their existing foreign language skills, complete a semester abroad at our partner universities or take part in a work placement abroad.
There are no admission restrictions in terms of NC (numerus clausus)!
What is expected: willingness to learn and work hard,an interest in food,motivation and interest in subject, also team spirit.
Information on the general admission requirements can be found here.
Most graduates go on to work in the food industry or study for a master’s degree immediately after finishing their studies. They work:
For food manufacturers in the fields of procurement, production, product management, product development, sales, marketing, quality management and production controlling
- At wholesalers, retailers and online retailers in the fields of procurement, quality management and sales
- For suppliers of food manufacturers.
If a Master’s degree programme in life sciences or business administration and management suits you, the University has the following to offer: