The PFT programme consists of two main pillars: food technology and chemical engineering. Themes in the first two years are water purification, sustainable food production, (in)organic chemistry, polymer science and technology (plastics and 3D printing). In year two you’ll be introduced to more advanced process and food technologies, such as fluid flow dynamics and reaction kinetics. PFT’s specialised theoretical framework, mixed with a variety of hands-on group projects, will teach you how to dissect the chemical composition of various materials and substances and teach you various techniques on how to improve them. Our alumni are highly valued by companies such as Dutch Royal Shell, Heineken, P&G, and Unilever for their advanced technical skills, multicultural communication skills and strong practical project working abilities.
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The first-year is the foundation (propaedeutic) year
Year one of PFT will teach you the basics of engineering, such as advanced mathematics, chemistry and physics. From day one, you’ll receive regular assignments from food and biochemical companies, to make the theory more interesting and more applicable to real life examples. For example, you’ll learn how to make your own cheese, or produce the white pigment found in toothpaste, paper or plastic chairs. Year will give you the foundation for the advanced process engineering skills that you’ll need to work for producers in the chemical or food industries.
In year two of PFT, you’ll start with a project designing a safe and sustainable processing plant. Again, you’ll deal with real companies who want to reinvigorate their production processes. This time, the expectations will be even higher. Unilever could ask you to convert a waste stream into a viable production stream. Or, you could help the Bavaria brewery improve the efficiency of their heat transfer processes.
Internship and graduation
In the third and final year, you’ll learn the professional values needed for PFT. Additional courses like Thermo Dynamics, Quality Control and the Aspen crash-course - a professional modelling tool used by all PFT engineers - will steer you in the right direction. Your internship will be a preview for your graduation assignment at company, where you’ll apply all the engineering skills you’ve learnt over the past years to solve a real-life problem. At the end, you’ll present your work to the company management and two members of PFT staff.
There are no minors on the three-year programme.
We are the only programme in the Netherlands that offers PFT on an international level. Thanks to our partnerships with universities in Brazil, Indonesia, China, UK and USA, you’ll get the chance to go on exchanges. You could see, for example, how Brazilian farmers are developing new farming technologies to keep up with the world population growth. The PFT programme combines a perfect mix of theory and practice, but we do understand that students need other learning experiences. That’s why we organise excursions during every block. These include a visit to a water treatment plant, the Bavaria beer brewery and a cheese factory. The projects that you’ll be working on come from companies and the real-life problems that they face, so you’ll already be making a difference to society during your bachelor.
A personal supervisor will help you keep track of your study progress and guide your career development. He/she will also support you if you have any personal problems that could adversely affect your school performance. A coaching assistant, usually a recent graduate, will also tutor you. He/she will assist you with the day-to-day practicalities of studying PFT. For example, by helping you improve your time management skills, or finding the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions.
If you haven’t acquired the basics needed to continue the degree programme of your choice, you will have a hard time completing it successfully. To make sure that you have these basics, you will have to meet an academic progress standard during your first year as a student (the foundation year). If you have earned at least 50 of the 60 credits (or, if relevant, have satisfied a qualitative requirement), the Examination Board will give you a positive binding study advice to continue your degree programme. In most cases, if you earn fewer than 50 credits, you will receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA) and you will have to leave the degree programme.
But the Examination Board will always consider personal circumstances. These could include illness or participating in elite sports: personal conditions that might have kept you from meeting the required academic standard. In such cases, the Examination Board can postpone giving its study advice. This means that you can continue your degree programme for the time being and that your study advice will be issued later, possibly with additional conditions imposed.
It is important, however, that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal conditions that might apply to you.
In conclusion: every student is responsible for his or her own academic progress. For this reason, make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well. Read all the rules and requirements for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.