|Study location||Netherlands, Velp (Arnhem)|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
It is highly recommended that both Chemistry and Mathematics are covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. This means that if your diploma does not have final examinations in Chemistry and Mathematics, you can catch up on the missing knowledge with specific modules that are included in the programme. You need to successfully complete these modules in the first year.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): pass at grade C or above
The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:
- Bachelor students will receive an invitation to make the study choice check. This is an online questionnaire and helps you to find out whether studying at Van Hall Larenstein is in line with your expectations.
- Statement of enrollment If you are submitting your application before obtaining your official diploma, we require an up-to-date list of grades obtained so far which also states the name and expected graduation date of your diploma to conditionally enroll you. Please ask your consultant for the template.
By choosing the Bachelor in Food Technology, you could become one of the creative food experts who dedicate their career to developing new products and introducing them onto the international food market. The food industry is an industry that most consumers take for granted. Healthier, tastier and innovative food products are appearing on our supermarket shelves almost daily. With this huge product range and the consumers’ increasing demand for variety, the need for food technologists is growing rapidly.
Nowadays, consumers increasingly demand healthy, safe and tasty foods. As a food technologist, you analyse consumers and their demands in terms of marketing, product quality and business administration. Market research, knowledge of production processes and product properties, and, perhaps most importantly, understanding what happens in the human body when we consume food, are crucial in developing new foodstuffs.
Within the Bachelor of Food Technology, you can choose to specialise in the following professional fields:
- Food Innovation Management The specialisation in Food Innovation Management looks at food products from the angle of innovation. Our world is full of innovative food products, wrapped in clever packaging and combining unusual ingredients that taste great together. Have you ever wondered who thinks of these products and how they are made? If you are boiling over with ideas for developing better, tastier and healthier products, then it is high time to convert them into reality and specialise in Food Innovation Management.
- Food Safety and Health 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.
The Bachelor study programme in Food Technology (BSc) has a long history and an excellent reputation. VHL’s international network has proven to be invaluable to students seeking placements and projects. The benefits continue when you graduate. There is no shortage of opportunities in the food business. With so many food producers, there are plenty of jobs for people whose knowledge of marketing and technology spans the sector’s wide range of specialties.
Our graduates qualify for positions as project managers, account managers, product developers, commercial technologists and customer-service directors. You could also work in processing and technology, become a production or quality manager, or even work at the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. The choice will be vast, as your studies will have prepared you for expertise in all of these areas. Depending on your chosen specialisation, you will be able to work in one of the specialist fields described below.
- Food Innovation Management
The food sector is full of job opportunities. The specialisation Food Innovation Management focuses on the cutting edge of technology and commerce. You can specialize in commercial technology, packaging or product development. The key task of the product developer is the development of new foods and the improvement of already existing foods. In managerial positions, you will be combining technology, communication and research. Some of our graduates now work as product managers and innovation managers.
- Food Safety and Health
As a food safety and health expert, you can become a food safety manager. This entails monitoring fundamental aspects of food safety in food production, which means you are responsible for creating high quality, safe and healthy products. You are likely to start out as a junior food safety specialist working in the safety, health or quality department of a food company. You will be the ‘spider in the web’ for food organisations, linking technology, communication and research. Whether you prefer multinational companies such as Unilever, Heineken and Heinz or small regional producers from your home country, the possibilities are almost limitless. Wherever you end up working, you will be challenged to develop your social, political and ethical skills to the fullest.