Food Technology (Bachelor of Science)
Have you always wanted to look behind the scenes of industrial food production? To evaluate and ensure the quality of food and its production? Moreover, to set consumer trends and help shape the issue of sustainability through innovative products and packaging? The study of food technology provides you with knowledge about the entire value chain: raw material and quality management, manufacturing processes, product development and packaging technology. The areas of responsibility are diverse. Whether innovative dairy products, gluten-free bread, alternative sources of protein, or baby food – discover the diverse possibilities with the Bachelor’s in Food Technology at the TUM in Weihenstephan!
Studying Food Technology successfully: What can you expect?
Type of study: full time
Standard period of study, credits : 6 semesters, 180 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: unrestricted admission
Language of instruction: German
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
Why study this particular degree program?
The food manufacturing and processing industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in Germany and is more diverse than almost any other sector. With a degree in Food Technology, you will be responsible for meeting the constantly increasing demands for healthy and functional nutrition and for producing high-quality food. Always looking for new innovative products, you can give free rein to your creativity.
Everything you need for this, you will learn at TUM. Our Bachelor's program combines an essential scientific education with engineering expertise and modern, practical opportunities for furthering your talents.
What are your career opportunities?
In Germany there are currently about 570,000 people employed in the food industry. In addition to traditional food manufacturers, these include the beverage industry and cooperating sectors such as spice or additive suppliers.
As a graduate of the Bachelor's program in Food Technology, your broad-based education prepares you for a wide range of roles in the industry. Possible fields of activity for you include product and process development, plant design and construction, quality assurance, logistics, packaging technology, purchasing as well as research and development at universities or in private companies.
In addition to a direct career start, many graduates also choose the option of continuing their Bachelor's degree with a consecutive Master's degree. One possibility is the Master's program in Food Technology and Biotechnology, which is also offered by the TUM School of Life Sciences.
What is this study program about?
In the first two semesters of your studies, the focus is on the fundamentals of natural sciences and engineering. In addition to mathematics, physics, and cell biology, the subjects you take include an introduction to biotechnology and food technology. Accordingly, you will be guided step by step from the basics to specialization.
From the third semester onwards, you will deepen your knowledge of engineering sciences and food technology. You will deal with technical mechanics, mechanical engineering, equipment engineering and food technology as well as with fields such as biochemistry, microbiology and food chemistry. In various laboratory internships, you can put your acquired knowledge into practice. During your six-week internship, you will be immersed in various fields of activity in the industry and will be able to gain valuable initial practical experience.
Elective modules taken during your studies enable you to pursue your interests and build the basis for your future dream job. In the sixth semester, you will deal with an academic topic of your choice and write your Bachelor's thesis.
Interested? Take a look at the curriculum for more details.
What competences and skills will you acquire?
As a graduate of the Food Technology study program, you will be able to apply the knowledge you acquired in the various areas of the course in a solution-oriented manner.
You will be familiar with the biological-chemical properties of food and its ingredients; you will know the technical process requirements and be able to produce them according to hygienic and legal regulations. You can design and implement production plants, know all process steps of food production, and can adapt them. Moreover, you can examine food chemically, microbiologically, technically and through sensory testing, and evaluate the economic efficiency of processes. All this knowledge allows you to develop innovative products and enrich the food industry with new ideas.
Besides, you will be able to conduct laboratory work in line with safety regulations, carry out scientific research, and develop multidisciplinary solutions to problems with a team. In combination with your first work experience from the internships, you will be perfectly prepared for professional life or the advanced master's degree course.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You simply upload your documents for admission to the Food Technology study program directly on the portal.
Prerequisite for admission is the general qualification for university entrance or a comparable qualification. There are no other admission restrictions; the course of study is admission-free.
When you receive your admission, you will have to submit a few certified hard copies for the enrollment.
A pre-study internship before the start of the course is not required for admission. For the successful completion of your studies, however, you must complete 6 weeks of internships.
Suitable Master's programs at the TUM School of Life Sciences
- Brewing and Beverage Technology M.Sc.
- Food Technology and Biotechnology M.Sc.
- Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering M.Sc.
Other degree programs that might also interest you:
Already in the middle of your bachelor's degree in Food Technology? Everything you need!
Degree program documentation, module catalog
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
Please note! In the basic and orientation exams (GOP) in the 1st and 2nd bachelor semester you will automatically be registered for all examinations during the respective semester, i.e. independent registration is not necessary in the 1st academic year.
- Board of Examination
The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Briesen. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.wzw[at]tum.de.
Internships & excursions
For the successful completion of your studies, you must complete 6 weeks of work experience.
Please send us your internship/training certificate to praktikum.sfbl[at]tum.de – even if you already submitted it with your application. Please note that the job reference cannot be delivered personally. As soon as we have received the internship certificate, you will receive an automatic confirmation from us that we have received the documents. NB: This is not a recognition of the internship. The processing of your internship certificate may take some time. Please be patient and refrain from asking about your application status. We will confirm the recognition separately as soon as the documents have been processed. You can also check the status in your TUMonline account (marked with a green P).
A fundamental part of this course is the independent search for an internship. In addition to announcements at the university, you can also find other internships in our Careers section.
A prerequisite for the recognition of the internship is that the subject matter is related to food technology and that there is a sufficient technical reference. Internships in the areas of production, laboratory work, quality assurance, research and development, and related areas in companies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries are generally eligible for recognition. This applies analogously to the relevant supplier companies (mechanical engineering, chemical industry, automation technology, etc.). Professionally relevant training that has already been completed before the commencement of studies is recognized as an internship. Internships in one's own or parental/relative companies are only recognized in exceptional cases and must be clarified in advance.
Internships in companies whose fields of activity are not relevant to the respective degree program are not eligible for recognition. Internships at universities in Germany and abroad are also not recognized. We ask you to take this into special consideration. No recognition is possible for internships in canteens, restaurants, mail order companies, online trade, warehouses, logistics, vehicle fleets, sales, distribution, administration, marketing or pharmacies. Internships connected with online research, literature reviews or the management of brewing courses cannot be recognized either.
Example of non-recognition:
"I would like to do an internship at a bakery in sales. Will this be recognized?"
No, an internship in sales or distribution does not meet the requirements of a professional internship and therefore cannot be recognized, even if it is a food production company.
Example of recognition:
"I would like to do an internship in a bakery in the field of pasta production. Will this internship be recognized?"
This internship can be recognized because it takes place in the food production sector.
The formal requirement for the recognition of internship achievements is an internship certificate, which is issued by the company in the same way as a work certificate. This certificate must contain at least the following information: Duration of the employment with the beginning and end dates of the internship, exact description of the activities, and evaluation of the work performed.
An internship report is generally not required, unless the internship certificate does not clearly indicate the nature and scope of the activity, in which case an internship report must be prepared as a substitute. The accuracy of the contents must be confirmed in writing by the company.
Generally, professional internships are to be completed in consecutive periods. Internships shorter than three weeks cannot be recognized. Longer periods of absence (e.g. illness) during an internship must be made up for. Furthermore, the company's holiday arrangements should be included in the employment contract.
Please note that in the case of international companies the certificate must be issued or translated into German or English for recognition.
If you have found an offer for an internship position that suits you, but you are not sure whether recognition is possible, you are welcome to have the possibility of recognition checked in advance by the study office (braulemi.co.wzw[at]tum.de).
The conclusion of internship or employment contracts is the responsibility of the students, i.e. there are no sample contracts offered by the Office of Student Affairs and there is no examination of the contracts. The contracts should be issued directly by the relevant company’s internship office.
The completion of internships during the lecture period is generally not recommended, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. An internship completed during the lecture period can also be recognized without any problems.
More information on practical experience during studies