The Programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the connections between different aspects and functions of food. Special attention is paid to the influence of various factors on the composition, sensory properties and health effects of food at molecular level. Application of food metabolomics and modern biotechnological methods in food research and food development is an important part of the curriculum. The curriculum also covers various aspects of food safety and European food laws and legislation.
Through the Programme, you will gain education and qualification for working as an expert, for example in food authorities.
"The course is structured so that through laboratory work, theory courses and research activities prepares the students for taking up the challenges of the current labour market."
"The best part of the programme was that the University offers a great deal of interdisciplinary studies. These studies help in improving research as you look at things from a different perspective."
The Master’s Degree in Food Development is a two-year programme amounting to 120 ECTS. The degree is comprised of:
The Food Chemistry and Food Development Unit is an essential element of core strength of food science and technology in Finland. FCFD has an internationally edge-cutting profile in research on:
With an internationally well-established record in berry research, oils and fats, human milk, and cow milk, the Unit has expanded its research into other food resources such as cereals, legumes and mushrooms. The research also targets on new food resources for future food security, healthy diet and business growth.
The ultimate goal is to support the sustainable bio-future based on internationally top science. State-of-art targeted and non-targeted food metabolomics are important tools for research. In addition to basic sciences, the research of the Unit includes strong applied angle supporting the research and innovation in food industry.
The final project aiming for the Master’s thesis in technology is based on independent, experimental research project in a laboratory. The research work is made under the guidance of a supervisor and takes three months. The results obtained at the research project will be presented in a Master’s seminar using common procedures known from scientific meetings. The Master’s thesis will be written based on the results from the experimental work and a review of relevant background literature.
Examples of thesis topics:
The University of Turku has a double degree programme in Food Development with Jiangnan University (Wuxi, China). Food Development students have a possibility to join the double degree programme pursuing Degrees of Master of Science in Technology at University of Turku and the Master Degree of Engineering at Jiangnan University
The students fulfilling the degree requirements of the Master’s Degree Programme in Food Development will obtain a Master of Science in Technology degree at the University of Turku. To obtain a double degree from both universities, student has to, in addition, take:
In the Master’s Degree Programme in Food Development you will:
The Programme provides you with competence for meeting the challenges in the research and development in food industry and academia. Through the Programme, you also gain education and qualification for working as an expert in food authorities and other related functions in the society.
Students graduating from the Programme, may work, among others, as:
Master of Science degree provides you with eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.
Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
A BSc degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study.
A polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu). Students with such degree might however be required to complete additional studies while studying for the Master’s degree to qualify for Master’s degree studies (see Additional studies).
The Programme is open to applicants who have sufficient background knowledge in polytechnic/engineering and/or biosciences, and who have completed a lower university degree, BSc degree (180 ECTS), in the field of e.g.:
The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of:
Study merits in the applicant’s previous degree (BSc) are highly relevant. The letter of motivation is another important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability for the Programme.
Please note that the motivation letter may be checked for plagiarism with the Turnitin system of the University of Turku. A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.
The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the Programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor’s level studies while studying for the Master’s degree. These studies are not part of the Master’s degree and may extend the targeted study time.
The additional studies may be included in the optional studies of the Master’s degree only if the applicant lacks previous knowledge in a certain field that is required for following a specific course within the Programme.
The extent and contents of the additional studies are defined individually for each student when a personal study plan is created in the beginning of the studies. The amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.
All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.
Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences must prove their proficiency also in Finnish. This is because the additional Bachelor’s level studies that need to be completed during the Master’s level studies are available only in Finnish.
The application period for studies starting in September 2017 is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2).
Please read all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements carefully before applying! Make sure that you fulfil both the admission and language requirements before applying.
How to apply
Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Food Development, University of Turku.
Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).
When filling in the application form, be prepared to:
Collect the required application documents.
Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:
Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24
Address of the University Admissions Finland:
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
Students graduating after the application deadline may apply on the condition that the following attachments are submitted:
The attachments need to be submitted and arrive at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the 14 July 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2).
The general and country specific requirements concerning the way of certifying and submitting the documents must be followed also after the expiry of the application period.
The application documents required as officially certified copies must bear the official stamp and signature of an authorised university official from the institution awarding the degree or a notary public.
All translations must be made by an authorised translator. If copies of translations are submitted, those must also be officially certified.
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Science (Technology)
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biochemistry
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee: None / €12,000
Start date: August/September 2018
Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018