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Organic Food Products & Business (Bachelor's)

Sustainability, climate protection and organic food are high on the societal and political agenda. Our future food system will play a crucial role in this. The objective of the Organic Food Products & Business degree programme is to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the sustainable and socially equitable design of our food system. The course combines the basics of production and processing with business management, so our graduates are perfectly equipped to take on management responsibilities in the growing organic sector.

At a glance

Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Academic qualification

7 semesters

Academic qualification

German (proof of proficiency is required)

Location

Weihenstephan

Programme start date

Winter semester

Admission restrictions

No

Information events

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

Course content

The organic industry has been extremely dynamic for many years, and the industry for organic food is becoming more and more professional. On the Organic Food Products & Business degree programme, you learn to understand the cycle concept of organic farming. You learn about the key factors in the processing of high-quality organic raw materials into premium organic foodstuffs and how organic food can be marketed. You understand the needs of consumers and society for a sustainable and environmentally friendly food industry. Synergies with conventional agriculture are sought and potential areas of tension resolved.

As a graduate, you will be able to make an important contribution to the sustainability of our food system and thereby also to climate protection, because the ecological, economic and social equilibrium of our food system is important to you.

On the Organic Food Products & Business degree programme, it is all about linking the four elements of production, processing, promotion and prosumption for the organic food industry:

  1. In production, students learn the basics of organic agriculture and the sustainable production of organic food in the overall system of agricultural production (circular economy).
  2. Combined with innovative and organic processing, the course links the production and processing of organic food to provide a strong interdisciplinary foundation, so that students acquire a solid understanding of organic production and processing.
  3. In promotion, students learn how to make the sale of organically produced and processed food a success in a very saturated food market with the aid of marketing (including using social media). Modules on subjects such as business management strengthen students’ business skills. Further modules and practical study projects consolidate and build on the basics.
  4. Besides the promotion of the product itself, the consumer’s perspective and interests in the value chain are also examined – the keyword here being ‘prosumption.’ This gives students the skills they need to critically assess society and its requirements for more environmentally friendly, healthy and local food production and species-appropriate husbandry.

Various work placements, projects and study work are undertaken during the theory semesters, mostly in teams. In cooperation with companies, students learn application-oriented methods and devise solutions to the business issues facing the organic industry. The practical semester completed with a company in the organic industry in the fifth semester also bolsters students’ practical training.

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Course structure

The course comprises six theory semesters with lots of practical elements and one practical training semester. It always starts in the winter semester on 1 October of each year. The module overview for the Organic Food Products & Business degree programme provides information about the content in the individual semesters.

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  • 1st semester

    • Wirtschaftsmathematik und Statistik
    • Online Kommunikation
    • Grundlagen der BWL und VWL
    • Nachhaltige Agrarproduktion
    • Naturwissenschaften I
    • Naturwissenschaften II
  • 2nd semester

    • Betriebslehre und Wirtschaftsrecht
    • Marketing-Grundlagen
    • Buchführung und Steuerlehre
    • Betriebssysteme Ökologische Landwirtschaft
    • Erzeugung & Verarbeitung von Lebensmittel Rohstoffen I
    • Lebensmittelchemie & -verarbeitung
  • 3rd semester

    • Marktforschung
    • Konsumentenverhalten
    • Produktion und Logistik
    • Digital Business Management
    • Erzeugung & Verarbeitung von Lebensmittel Rohstoffen II
    • Required elective module (languages)
    • Subject-specific required elective module
  • 4th semester

    • Kostenrechnung und Controlling
    • Qualitätsmanagement und Rückverfolgbarkeit
    • Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften und Ökobilanzierung
    • Ernährung und Gesundheit
    • Erzeugung & Verarbeitung von Lebensmittel Rohstoffen III
    • General required elective module
    • Subject-specific required elective module
  • 5th semester

    • Praktikum in der Bio-Lebensmittel-Branche „Verarbeitung, Vermarktung oder Verband“ (23 Wochen)
  • 6th semester

    • Agrar- und Ernährungspolitik
    • Unternehmensführung und Finanzierung
    • Marketing und Vertrieb
    • Lebensmittelrecht und Sicherheit
    • Lebensmittelmärkte & Konsumententrends
    • Subject-specific required elective module
    • Subject-specific required elective module
  • 7th semester

    • Diskurs Future of Food
    • Internationaler Handel
    • Businessplan Start-ups
    • Subject-specific required elective module
    • Bachelor's thesis
  • Required elective modules

    Six required elective modules (FWPM), each worth 3 EC, are to be completed by the end of the seventh semester of study to deepen students’ understanding.
    Examples of required elective modules:

    1. Solarenergie
    2. Windkraft I und II
    3. Wasserkraft
    4. E-Mobilität
    5. Klimawandel
    6. Geothermie
    7. Bio-Energie
    8. Umweltrecht
  • 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.

    Organic Food Products & Business degree programme modules

    1. Module handbook for examination regulations (winter semester 2021/22, in German)

    Required elective modules for all degree programmes in Weihenstephan

    1. Module handbook for obligatory elective modules (in German)

Admission

There are no admission restrictions in terms of NC (numerus clausus)!

Information on the general admission requirements can be found here.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can find employment in a variety of fields in the growing organic food industry. Potential employers/areas include:

  • organic food manufacturers (e.g. in the procurement of raw materials, supplier management, marketing)
  • food or marketing start-ups
  • organic marketing organisations (producer/consumer networks, cooperatives, retail)
  • service providers serving the organic food industry (consultancy, communication, PR work)
  • special interest groups and associations
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • public sector (district, state and national level, EU authorities and international)

The politically targeted growth rates for organic land area in agricultural production will see the organic food industry grow consistently over the coming years. Alongside established, larger companies, smaller companies and start-ups are also well represented in the sector. There is a need for creative employees with good knowledge of the entire organic value chain and management skills. There is also growing demand in service companies in the organic food industry and organic marketing organisations. Special interest groups, associations and NGOs are seeking well-educated people who can competently hold social discussions on the establishment of a sustainable food system. Public sector work at district, state or national level or even internationally may also be of interest. We are seeing more and more labour market forums appear for this 'green working world’ and ‘sustainable jobs.' Graduates of the Organic Food Products & Business degree programme are ideally equipped for this constantly and rapidly changing labour market thanks to their combined qualification.

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Contact

Do you have questions which have not been answered here?

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how we can help: beratung.bb@hswt.de

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Carola Metz, degree programme assistant, by telephone | +49 8161 71-6454

 

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Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Nachhaltige Agrar- und Energiesysteme
Am Staudengarten 1
85354 Freising

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