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Food Technology, B.Sc.

Program overview

Food technology is a key technology of contemporary society - both in terms of healthy nutrition for the individual and limited resources for the nutrition of a growing world population. The Food Technology bachelor’s program combines an education in engineering and food technology. The program’s studies are research-oriented with a strong focus on industrial application. Students study the principles of process design in the processing of biological raw materials into consumer-friendly foodstuffs as well as the avoidance of adverse changes during manufacture and storage. They learn about the diverse physical, chemical, biochemical, and technical process steps and how to produce high-quality foodstuffs and luxury foods from plant- and animal-based raw materials. They additionally learn how these processes preserve the properties and specifics of individual foods while also meeting nutritional, physiological, and ecological demands.

DegreeBachelor of Science
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credit points180
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

As for every other bachelor’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants must possess a university entrance qualification certificate to apply. Generally, the Abitur serves as the university entrance qualification certificate. If you do not have a formal university entrance qualification, you may still be able to study at TU Berlin if you can provide proof of certain professional qualifications.

The Food Technology bachelor’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission.

Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are also offered in English. However, it is not a condition for admission to studies.

As technical and natural science content make up a significant component of this program, you should possess an interest in and basic understanding of these subjects. It is particularly useful if you took advanced courses in subjects like chemistry and physics in school.

Program structure

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. It provides an example of which modules to take in which semesters. While this proposed course schedule is ideal on paper, it is not mandatory. It’s simply an example of how to successfully schedule and shape your studies.

Students first receive a comprehensive education in the natural science and engineering basic principles needed in food technology. Through project work they learn about working methods and how to approach engineering work and problems. During your technical studies, you take integrated courses where you learn about food technology in further detail with regards to food production and closely related industry and research fields. The final requirement is a scientific bachelor’s thesis which students complete independently.

You can find the proposed course schedule in the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulationsapplies to applicants.

Content and modules

The bachelor’s degree program in Food Technology is modular in design. A module combines curriculum content relating to a specific topic. Modules often include a variety of different study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules in the bachelor’s program in Food Technology is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the contents of modules, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, types of assessment, etc. The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations.

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An industry internship is a mandatory component of this bachelor’s program. The internship must last 12 weeks. It provides you with an opportunity to advance what you have learned in your studies and apply the knowledge and methods skills you have acquired to an industrial environment. You also get to know what work is like for an engineer in the food industry, trade, or suitable institutes dedicated to food analysis.

During your internship you should gain experience in more than one of the following areas:

  • Planning, project management
  • Design, construction
  • Research, development
  • Preparation, execution, and evaluation of trials
  • Plant operation, maintenance, optimization 
  • Disposal, operations scheduling, operational logistics
  • Modeling, simulation, automation engineering
  • Application technology
  • Quality assurance
  • Analysis of operational processes

Vocational training in one of the following professions can be considered equivalent to fulfilling the internship requirement:

  • Laboratory or technical assistant in food technology, biotechnology or chemistry
  • Cook, pastry chef, dietitian
  • Baker, butcher, dairy technician, or other vocational training in a skilled trade within the food industry

Students are to submit proof of having completed the internship before registering for their final exam in the program.

Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information regarding stays abroad can be obtained from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) and from the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

The Food Technology bachelor’s program equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to grasp and solve problems in the food industry and associated branches of industry. You acquire skills in the processing and transformation of raw materials into food of the utmost quality, safety, and functionality. Additionally, you learn about current challenges in improving quality with regard to nutritional physiology and retaining valuable ingredients during the processing, storage, and sale of food. Further, you learn how to conduct ecological and economic evaluations in terms of the sustainability of food security and traceability of food all the way back to the source material. 

After your studies

As a graduate of this study program, you can either continue your studies in food technology in a consecutive master's program to advance your knowledge and skills (for example at TU Berlin) or immediately begin working. Graduates typically find work in the following fields: optimization of existing products and processes and the development of new ones; implementation of new technologies in existing processes; processes for the manufacture, processing, and storage of different food; and the analysis, quality assurance, and quality control of food. The study program's curriculum also opens the door to other areas of work such as in machine and plant construction or environmental protection. Employment at public authorities or in private or public research and educational institutions is yet another option.

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