Master in Integrated Food Studies will give you the possibility to study food and its many meanings in society. The master offers a holistic approach combining natural science, design and social science traditions.

The master will be oriented towards contemporary and historical meanings and expressions of food through the study of food production, processing and consumption. Both ‘main stream’ and ‘alternative food networks’ gastronomy and nutritional aspects and meanings of food will be presented and elaborated with innovation and sustainability as two common key words.

With this master you will be able to get competences to widen the horizon from your food related bachelor either in nutrition or in other food related educations. The holistic approach will give you the ability to navigate in a complex world of food-related decisions and expressions, both public and private. Also ‘hands on’ activities with taste or innovation of food product design will offer an exciting dimension to the master.

The three professions in the master are meant to be a common part for all students, but it is possible to choose one of the three as a main specialization, mainly through the projects. The three professions can be described as:

  • Design and Gastronomy
  • Food Policy, Innovation and Networks
  • Public Health Nutrition

The Master in Integrated Food Studies is an English master with an expected mix of Danish and International students. The master will be based on the Problem Based Learning (PBL) model developed at Aalborg University, especially emphasizing the link to ‘real life’ cases in the projects at each semester. The master will therefore strive to establish contact to many different types of food related organizations, companies or networks in the public and the private spheres.

Study Details:

MSc 2 years full-time, 120 ECTS, Copenhagen

Module Details:

The progression of the Master is developed specifically to support the competence profile. Knowledge, Skills and Competencies in the course modules and in the project module at each semester contributes to fulfil the competence profile.

Some of the courses and topics are mentioned here:

1st semester

  • Central “persons” and “creations” in the area of meal-designing and meal-experiences (Måltids- og spiserumsanalyse og historie)
  • Major theoretical approaches to analyze food networks (for example ANT and STS) (Aktørkortlægning i fødevarenetværk)
  • Organisation of public food systems (Offentlige måltidssystemer og – teknologi).

2nd semester

  • Change management and innovation theory (Institutioner og strategier i moderne
  • fødevaresystemer)
  • Regulative and structural frames for meals and space design (Fødevaredesign og Strukturanalyse af Måltidet og spiserummet) 
  • In design of interventions (Folkesundhedsernæring).

3rd semester

  • Conceptual strategies and methods for food events, food innovation, food products and meal experience (Specialisering: Fødevaredesign).

4th semester

  • Master’s thesis: Account for possible methods used for answering the stated problem in the thesis and reflect the suitability of the methods including the demarcation and the meaning of these in the final result (Speciale).

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Entry Requirements

Admission to the Master’s Programme in Integrated Food Studies requires a BSC in Food Science or a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Nutrition and Health. Bachelors in Nutrition and Health will be academically assessed. They might be contacted for an interview before uptake.

Students with another Bachelor’s Degree, upon application to the Board of Studies, will be admitted after a specific academic assessment if the applicant is assessed to have comparable educational prerequisites. The University can stipulate requirements concerning conducting additional exams prior to the start of study.

Please make sure that you send your application form and further documentation via post to the International Office by the required deadline.

Furthermore please note the official language requirements for international students applying to Aalborg University are:

  • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 550
  • TOEFL (computer-based): 230
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 80
  • Cambridge ESOL: C1

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