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Management for the organic sector

Organic Food & Business

Sustainability for the boardroom: On the degree programme, you will learn how to reconcile the organic circular economy with the growing demand for organic food.

Dein Studium kurz und knapp
  • Duration  7 semesters
  • Language  German
  • Location  Campus Weihenstephan
  • Semester  Winter semester
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Admission restriction


Application deadline

29 April – 31 July 2024

What you can expect from the Bachelor's degree programme in Organic Food & Business

The topics of sustainability, climate protection and organic food are at the top of the social and political agenda. Our future food system plays a decisive role in this. The aim of the Organic Food & Business degree programme is to enable you to make a contribution to the sustainable, socially responsible design of our food system.

On the programme, you will combine knowledge of production and processing technology with a wide range of economic skills.

You will learn ...

  • ... what is crucial in the processing of valuable organic raw materials into high-quality organic food.
  • ... how organic food can be marketed.
  • ... what consumers and society need from a sustainable and climate-friendly food industry.
  • ... what synergies with conventional Agriculture look like and how they can be utilised.

Your goal: the management sector in the growing organic industry. Benefit from this food degree programme specialising in business at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences.

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Study contents of the Bachelor's programme for the organic sector

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The Organic Food & Business degree programme focuses on dovetailing the four elements of production-processing-promotion-prosumption for the organic food industry:

  1. Through Production, you will learn the basics of organic Agriculture and the sustainable production of organic food in the overall system of agricultural production (circular economy).
  2. Together with innovative and organic processing (Processing), the production and processing knowledge of organic food is to be combined in a highly interdisciplinary way in the degree programme so that you gain a comprehensive understanding of organic production and processing.
  3. As part of the promotion (Marketing ), you will learn how to successfully sell organically produced and processed food with the help of marketing (including via social media) in the highly saturated food market. With modules such as business management, you will strengthen your business management skills and deepen your expertise in advanced modules and practical study projects.
  4. Beyond the actual marketing of the product, the perspective of consumers and their interests in the value chain are jointly developed under the heading of prosumption. As a result, you will be actively and practically involved in a critical examination of society and its demands for more climate-friendly, healthy and regional food production and more species-appropriate animal husbandry.

During the theory semesters, various internships, projects and student research projects, usually as part of a team, will ensure that you gain an insight into and proximity to the food-producing industry. In co-operation with practical companies, you will learn application-related methods and develop solutions for business issues in the organic sector.

In addition, you will round off your practice-orientated training with an internship semester in a company in the organic sector. This 5th semester in practice is followed by two semesters at the University of Applied Sciences and the Bachelor's thesis, in which you demonstrate your knowledge of organic food and business administration.

This is how the organic food degree programme at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is structured

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

What are you doing in your practical semester? - Students from the 5th semester report

Organic food management: career prospects after graduation

Alumni of the Bachelor's degree programme in Organic Food & Business have a wide range of opportunities in the growing organic food industry. Many graduates find opportunities there to make their contribution to the sustainability of the food system.

Potential employers and fields of activity include

  • Organic food producers (e.g. in raw material purchasing, supply management, marketing)
  • Food or marketing start-ups
  • Organic marketing organisations (producer-consumer networks, cooperatives, trade)
  • Service providers in the organic food industry (consulting, communication, public relations)
  • Interest groups & associations
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Public service (municipal, state & federal level, EU authorities & international)

The politically prescribed growth rates for organic areas in agricultural production will lead to a continuously growing organic food industry in the coming years. In addition to established, larger companies, smaller companies and start-ups are also strongly represented in the industry.

Creative staff with in-depth knowledge of the entire organic value chain and management skills are needed. Increasingly, labour market forums are developing for this "green working world" and "sustainable jobs". As a graduate of the Organic Food & Business degree programme, you have the ideal profile for this rapidly developing job market thanks to your multiple qualifications and also demonstrate your passion for organic food.

Admission requirements for the Bachelor's programme in Weihenstephan

Is the ecological, economic and social balance of our food system important to you? Then apply for the Organic Food & Business degree programme at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences.

There are no admission restrictions such as a numerus clausus (NC), i.e. a prescribed grade point average.

We have collected details on how to apply for the degree programme on the information page.

Study "Organic Food & Business" in Weihenstephan: Your advantages

  • Close cooperation with regional companies in Weihenstephan ensures the practical relevance of the Bachelor's degree programme.
  • Excursions to the organic sector.
  • The HSWT promotes a lively exchange with students from other disciplines, e.g. organic Agriculture.
  • Further qualification after training.
  • Students find excellent living and learning conditions at the Weihenstephan campus.

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