Innovative Dairy Chain Management

SubjectAgriculture, Management


Type of DegreeMSc

EU FeesEUR 2,314

Cost non-EUEUR 13,166

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Changes and innovations in the international dairy sector

The master Innovative Dairy Chain Management focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. IDCM is suitable for candidates interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains, and the Netherlands’ dairy industry is used as an example of innovations. It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain.

Graduates of this master contribute to the renewal of professional practice in the dairy chain and bridge the gap between theory and practice. They are dedicated to high-quality dairy products that are available and affordable for all and made with a fair share for all chain stakeholders.

'Innovative' stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for farms and the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production, processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas. Is your ambition a sustainable (inter)national dairy chain? Then this is the right master for you!

Study Programme

The one-year Master in Innovative Dairy Chain Management consists of courses and a thesis research project.  The educational programme will make use of cases from dairy countries with a high reputation as well as from countries in transition. It is all about the international dairy industry and providing a reliable and sufficient volume of quality milk.

It is possible for international students to follow the second part of the master online. This applies to the study unit Research Design & Implementation and the study unit Thesis. Guidance in assignments and the Thesis will be given via online tools. In this way, your stay in the Netherlands will be limited to 20 weeks, in case there is a need to save costs for board and lodging.

Entry requirements

You need to have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in life sciences or a related field. You must have undergraduate practical training in the form of placements in the dairy sector or other relevant work experience. Applicants from non-English speaking countries need to prove their English proficiency by providing a TOEFL, ELTS or Cambridge certificate.


This Master Programme is eligible for the OKP scholarship which is targeted at professionals from selected non-EU countries who, after their studies in Holland, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work. 

Meet Van Hall Larenstein

Coming to an Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Van Hall Larenstein and the Innovative Dairy Chain programme.

Upcoming open days:

  • 9th February 2019

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