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Academic study programme - Food Science

Food and beverage industry is one of biggest and steady growing manufacturing sector in terms of jobs and value added. Over the last century, the global population has quadrupled and food demand is expected to increase anywhere between 59% to 98% by 2050. More and more qualified specialists will be needed who can analyze the nutritional content of food, discover new food products, and research ways to make processed foods safe and healthy.


Degree: Master of Engineering in Food Science (Mg.sc.ing.)
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration of studies: full-time – 2 years
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee per year:  3500 EUR
Admission: twice a year
Program director: Dr.sc.ing. Tatjana Ķince, tatjana.kince@llu.lv


Academic profile

The programme is aimed to educate academically educated specialists and new scientists with creative thought and competence to make decisions for promoting future development of food science and food production in Europe, competitiveness in foreign markets. The Master study programme covers food product structure-mechanical properties, food sensory evaluation, sensory and consumer science, regulation of biochemical processes in human body, functional properties of food, natural substances in food system, food shelf-life analysis, development tendencies in nutrition science, genetically modified food, physical-and-chemical properties and metrology, food additive application, in food safety and identification of microorganisms, quality systems in food circulation, food system innovative development, entrepreneurship and marketing, perspective solutions in food packaging.

The study programme is completed with the elaboration and defense of the Master thesis.


Admission Requirements 

Bachelor's degree of Engineering Sciences in Food Science, Bachelor's degree of Natural Sciences, Engineer qualification in Food and Beverage Technology, Professional Bachelor's degree in Catering and Hotel Management. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76.


Career prospects and further studies

The graduates work in all kind of food companies. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective doctoral programme in universities in Latvia or abroad.


Submitted on: 10/05/2016