Food Technology - Food Safety and Health

SubjectNutrition, Chemistry


Type of DegreeBSc

EU FeesEUR 2,314


Cost non-EUEUR 9,080

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Developing the world of food, marketing and technology

Could chewing gum with chocolate flavour, healthy crisps or sugar-free biscuits be one of your ideas? Do you believe it is important that food is safe and of a high quality? Then this is the ideal educational programme for you! Use your ideas and enrol in the Food Technology programme. We educate you to become a quality manager, consultant or the creator of the latest, most successful food product of the future!

You will combine technology, product development and marketing. In addition, you will be communicating with clients, suppliers and supermarkets. You will think from the perspective of the consumer in terms of health, safety, marketing, product and quality. A fantastic challenge for ‘foodies’ with a technological and creative mind-set, with a focus on the requirements of consumers and producers.

By studying Food Technology, you will learn how to analyse food with subjects such as chemistry and microbiology, how to apply this knowledge in innovative solutions and how to sell them to consumers. Drop by for a visit some time to see what else we do in the Food Technology programme!

Study programme

Van Hall Larenstein applies a curriculum that balances technical training and practical experience.

During the first two years, you will gain foundation knowledge of all aspects of the food technology, from quality management to product development and sustainable entrepreneurship. You will also have the opportunity to complete a short internship to gain initial exposure to the commercial world.

With a solid and comprehensive understanding of the industry, in the third year, you will conduct more in-depth studies in food innovation management and food safety and health, which are the two most important areas in food technology. This will be followed by a semester-long internship, where you can apply your technical training to develop practical solutions for the industry.

In the final year, you will take a minor to diversify your experience and a graduation project to improve your research skills.

Although as an undergraduate student you are not expected to develop specialist knowledge, you can show your future employers your ability to research and analyse a topic in depth by taking a specialisation in food safety and health.

Health, quality, food poisoning – with food safety, it’s all under control

The food industry is in constant development: new products and production processes go hand in hand with the ever increasing risks and dangers of the modern world. By specialising in Food Safety and Health, you can play a role in contributing to improving public health. The first steps are taken by food safety authorities, who translate advancements in food safety into laws and regulations. Food production companies are bound to adhere to these rules, as consumers are demanding higher standards of quality and safety for the foods they buy. This is where you come into play. Your understanding of developing new healthier products, as well as of which kind of ingredients to use to replace some of the unhealthier elements such as fat and sugar, will benefit the final consumer. By specialising in Food Safety and Health, you will gain the basic knowledge of microbiology and technology that will help you to succeed in the food sector.

Specialising in Food Safety and Health

In the third and fourth year of the Bachelor of Food Technology (BSc) programme, you can choose to specialise in Food Safety and Health. By your third year, you will already know that to be able to manage and analyse the safe production of food, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary. In the first semester of the third year, you will be focusing on food microbiology, chemistry, quality management, risk assessment and risk management In addition, you will work on a Food Safety assignment, which will be both theoretical and practical. Furthermore, it is possible that you will be assigned to solve a real-life crisis-case in the first half of the third year. The second half of the third year consists of an external placement at a food company.

The first half of the fourth year is dedicated to a minor, which is an elective course. You can fill this course by selecting 30 credits worth of subjects related to Food Safety and Health at Bachelor level. This way, you can either broaden the scope of your study programme or specialise even further. The last part of the fourth year will be dedicated to the thesis. This is a graduation project in which you apply your theoretical knowledge in practice at a food company that fits the profile of your specialisation.  

Students can do their placement and later possibly find a job at international food companies such as Mars, Nestle, Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Heinz, Avebe, DSM, as well as at small-scale companies in the food industry. 

Entry requirements

You need to have three A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended diploma. Maths and chemistry are preferred subjects at A' level but are not mandatory.

Meet Van Hall Larenstein

Coming to an Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Van Hall Larenstein and the "Food Technology" programme.

Upcoming open days:

  • 16th February 2019

Van Hall Larenstein also offers the "Food Technology" webinar, which you can access via the university's website. The next webinar will take place on 5th March 2019 and you can register at

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