The main objective of the Interuniversity Programme Master of Science in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) is to provide students with comprehensive training in the field of food technology, food science and food engineering, with special emphasis on the technology of the production of specific foodstuffs for developing countries and on tropical crops postharvest and preservation technology. It is expected that participants returning to their home countries will be able to efficiently appraise and solve problems related to food technology, food science and food engineering.
In the first year of the MSc Programme (60 credits) in depth knowledge in food science, engineering and food engineering is obtained, in order to achieve a common knowledge base between students with different backgrounds. The first year is common to all students. The courses of the first semester are organized at UGent, while the courses of the second semester are taught at K.U.Leuven.
The second year of the MSc Programme (60 credits) provides broader knowledge in food technology in general and an in depth understanding in either `Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering` or `Food Science and Technology`, depending on the major chosen. The second year of the programme therefore consists of specific courses on each major (18 credits), optional courses (12 credits) and thesis research (30 credits). The major, the optional courses and the thesis topic are chosen after completing the first year. For the optional courses, the student may choose among the courses of the other major and the additional optional courses offered. This enables the student to compile a tailor-made study curriculum according to his/her individual needs and interests.
International applicants must have obtained an academic Bachelor of Science degree (in developing countries typically a 4-year programme) in a discipline related to the content of the programme from a recognized University, College or Institute. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in at least three out of four of the following fields:
(i) mathematics, statistics and physics,
(ii) chemistry and biochemistry,
(iii) biology and microbiology and
(iv) engineering, with an end result of at least second class upper or equivalent. Each application will be evaluated by the Educational Committee for admission.
The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. Command of the English language is a very important criterion for admission. Applicants must be able to prove their proficiency in English. There are 4 possibilities to supply this proof:
TOEFL certificate (the UGent TOEFL code is 2643) with:
a minimum total score of 550 on the paper based test, or
a minimum total score of 79 on an internet based test.
The test validity is max. 2 years;
IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6. The test validity is max. 2 years;
Proof of at least 1 year of comprehensive English-based instruction at a university or recognized equivalent;
Proof of a successful `Intermediate Academic English` test at the Ghent University Language Center.
Period: September 2010 – September 2012
Number of VLIR-UOS Scholarships: 13
Promoter: Prof. M. Hendrickx (K.U.Leuven), Prof. K. Dewettinck (UGent)
Mrs C. Smout
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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