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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 三月
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1408pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years
    The European Master's programme Sustainable Food Systems aims to educate future managers of food companies and organisations to manage food processing and other activities related to food production in a sustainable way. It is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach at the interface of agriculture, food business, and consumer science in an international context. Our goal is to qualify students to manage complex processes along the food chain and to develop and market food products and related services according to the needs of different consumer groups, including the holistic approach of sustainability at every step of the food value chain.
    Furthermore, students will gain in-depth knowledge of all topics that are relevant for the food industry of today. Starting with the core modules on sustainability, supply chain, entrepreneurship, food legislation, and intercultural communication, our students can subsequently choose their special field of interest, such as sustainable supply chain, food technology, economics, or raw materials and processing. In their final year, students will implement their knowledge in problem-based project work and case studies from industry. Students complete their studies with a Master's thesis, which is an individual piece of research study.






    The course is delivered over four semesters, starting in September/October (depending on the home university). Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis and is delivered over three semesters. The fourth semester is dedicated to the completion of the Master's thesis.

    Students choose one home university out of three in the first semester. (Kassel/Fulda, Gent, Cluj). Focus topics of the first semester are: Introduction to Sustainability, Entrepreneurship in the food industry, Intercultural Communication, Food Legislation, Introduction to Supply Chain.

    In the second semester, students choose their educational institute for a specialisation. Cluj: Economics, Aarhus: Raw Material and Nutrition, Gent: Food Technology, Kassel/Fulda: Sustainable Supply Chain.

    During the third semester, all students go to ISASA/Lyon: Intrapreneurship and sustainable development in food industries and food processing, managerial innovation

    During the fourth semester, students write their theses at a partner institution of their choice, with the exception of Aarhus.

    Educational organisation

    The course is delivered over four semesters, starting in September/October (depending on the home university). Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis and is delivered over three semesters. The fourth semester is dedicated to the completion of the Master's thesis.

    Students choose one home university out of three in the first semester. (Kassel/Fulda, Gent, Cluj). Focus topics of the first semester are: Introduction to Sustainability, Entrepreneurship in the food industry, Intercultural Communication, Food Legislation, Introduction to Supply Chain.

    In the second semester, students choose their educational institute for a specialisation. Cluj: Economics, Aarhus: Raw Material and Nutrition, Gent: Food Technology, Kassel/Fulda: Sustainable Supply Chain.

    During the third semester, all students go to ISASA/Lyon: Intrapreneurship and sustainable development in food industries and food processing, managerial innovation

    During the fourth semester, students write their theses at a partner institution of their choice, with the exception of Aarhus.

    A module overview and more detailed information on all subjects is available on the website.
    Learning methods include lectures, workshops and seminars as well as practical and project work.
    Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work and on oral presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises. The majority of the assessments are based on individual assignments, but group work is also assessed.

    Study abroad unit(s)

    Sustainable Food Systems is offered as a joint degree by a consortium of six universities. All students study at least at two different universities. The university where students are accepted in the first semester is referred to as the home university. University of Kassel and Fulda University of Applied Sciences are to be considered as one home university.
    For the second semester, students can choose to stay at the home university or study at one of the other partner universities (host universities). It is obligatory for all students enrolled in this programme to spend the third semester at ISARA Lyon. Students can choose between all partners except Aarhus University for their fourth semester.

    Internships

    There is no compulsory internship. Programme advisers may assist students in finding appropriate internships. There are good opportunities to find internships in every partner country with the assistance of the partner universities.

    Forms of assessment

    Practical collaborative/group projects, written assignments, presentations and written/oral
    examinations, reflective diary, and Master's thesis

    Course objectives

    Upon graduation, the MSc graduates in Sustainable Food Systems will:
    • have gained a strong basis within the field of sustainable food products, combined with integrated competences and soft skills such as communication, presenting, organising, problem-solving, and management skills
    • have achieved a profound understanding of the whole food chain and products in the chain, enabling them to integrate sustainability issues at every step
    • be able to think systematically and have the know-how to operate new technologies
    • have an increased awareness of sustainability efforts in the various departments of an enterprise
    • be able to work in international environments and to manage intercultural teams

    program_requirements

    Language requirements

    English level B2 according to CEFR, or equivalent

    Academic requirements

    Bachelor's degree in food technology, food science and nutrition, agricultural sciences, food economics and agricultural economics, or food and agricultural engineering
    Applicants with alternative study backgrounds with a focus on sustainability, food science, and/or supply chain management will also be eligible if they have earned at least 60 credits of professional scientific and methodological competences.
    Further information can be found at http://www.susfoods.eu/admission/application-and-deadlines/" target="_blank">http://www.susfoods.eu/admission/application-and-deadlines/.
    Applicants whose first language is not English should be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of spoken and written English and provide proof of their language skills in English. For further information, please see: http://www.susfoods.eu.

    Enrolment fees

    Mandatory registration fees allow students to use public transport free of charge and the university's refectories and cafeterias at reduced prices. For example, the registration fee for the summer semester of 2016 amounted to approx. 275 EUR.

    Costs of living

    In order to cover personal expenses while studying in Kassel, it is recommended that students budget around 750-900 EUR per month for accommodation, food, health insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

    Job opportunities

    Students can apply for various part-time jobs or work as student assistants on campus. Please have a look at http://www.uni-kassel.de. Some departments also provide positions as tutors or student assistants. However, with little to no basic knowledge of German, your job opportunities will be limited.

    Arrival support

    An orientation week is regularly offered to international students. During information sessions, tours, excursions, events, and leisure-time activities, international students get to know their departments, courses, the campus, and life in Kassel or Witzenhausen and become acquainted with their lecturers and fellow students. Students get the chance to make new friends during the campus rally or at the get-together brunch. Senior student tutors will assist foreign students with any questions or problems they may encounter during their stay.

    Services and support for international students

    Orientation week at the main site in Kassel: owoche@uni-kassel.de
    Support service at the campus site in Witzenhausen: tutor-int@uni-kassel.de
    Contact for exchange students: sabineernst@uni-kassel.de
    Welcome Centre: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/welcome-centre

    Accommodation

    International students enrolled at the University of Kassel can choose between staying at a student residence hall (Wohnheim) or private accommodation. There are about 1,000 rooms available in student residence halls in Kassel and Witzenhausen, administered by Studentenwerk Kassel. Please have a look at http://www.studentenwerk-kassel.de. Rent for a room varies from 200-320 EUR per month depending on the location and facilities. Students can choose between a single apartment with en-suite facilities or a room in a flat shared with fellow students. Finding private accommodation in Kassel is usually not difficult. Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available. Vacancies are posted in the local press and on the Internet.
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