Process & Food Technology - English - 3 years - Full-time

Whether it's a new kind of fuel, a meat substitute or medicine: the idea of creating end products from raw materials fascinates you. But it has to be done in an efficient, clean and safe manner! During the first 2 years of the 3-year degree programme Process & Food Technology, you learn about processes in both the food and chemical industry. In the third year, you specialise and graduate. The pace of this 3-year variant is high, because you complete an accelerated version of the degree programme. Mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology are the starting point of many subjects, but you will also work on cooperation and (international) communication. And everything you learn will be applied in relevant assignments. In year 1 you already begin working for real companies.

Structure of Process & Food Technology - English - 3 years - Full-time

Lectures

23

hours per week

Self-study

14

hours per week

Projects

5

hours per week

Study credits

60

in year one


Year 1

Acquire and apply process knowledge

To improve the processes, you first have to know them well. That is why in the first year you learn, for example, how to make cheese, brew beer, purify water and develop chemical products. You can immediately put everything you learn in these chemistry classes into practice. In the process, you develop some initial ideas: how can it be done smarter, faster or cleaner? Then you are ready for the next step: how do you design safe and sustainable production processes? To learn this, you will work with existing companies and organisations that want to upgrade their systems. Together with your project group, you work on simulation software for risk management and you look at promising and sustainable innovations. In the first year, you will also work on your communication skills and receive academic career coaching.

Year 2

Minors and internships

In year 2, you start with a minor. This enables you to deepen your knowledge in a certain field or broaden your skills. You will also be able to customise your degree programme and distinguish yourself on the labour market. Do you want to improve your technical skills? Or do you want to learn more about entrepreneurship? It is all possible! Maybe international development cooperation is a logical next step for you. You decide how to increase your future value and impact. Do you prefer more in-depth knowledge? In that case PFT offers an interesting minor in Food Product Design. But you can also complete a minor at another university of applied sciences or research university. 

In the second semester, you do an internship. You can choose a longer 20-week project or two shorter 10-week internships. The degree programme has many partners in large and small companies and we cooperate with universities all over the world. Maybe you will perform a safety analysis for a start-up that is launching a new brand of baby food, or you do an internship at a large chemical company that wants to make its operations more sustainable. Students also do internships at engineering firms and pharmaceutical companies, and they conduct research, for example, at TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) or at a foreign university. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a new (corporate) culture.

Year 3

Internship and graduation

In the final year of the degree programme, you specialise: you will focus strictly on the chemical side or on food. In the first semester, you deepen your knowledge of your chosen field with working groups, lectures and projects. Are you focussing on processes in the food industry? Then you could be working on functional foods such as cholesterol-lowering margarine, for example. If you choose to specialise in chemical process technology, you could be working with catalysis to generate as few emissions as possible. And then the moment has come: in the final semester of the 3-year English-language Process & Food Technology degree programme, you graduate by completing an assignment project at a company. You apply everything you have learned in the previous years to your graduation thesis, your presentation and thesis defence.  

Your lecturers

Edith Alladin


Didier Duquesnoy


Arjo Vink


Farah Coppola


Claudia Germano


Rugène Leito


Xiangmei Meng


Cindy Mielatz


Ron Haring


Hilde Wijngaard


Mark Leemhuis


Maikel Maloncy


Caroline Mok


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Study visualised

Below we show some video’s made by our students in study projects. Be inspired by drafting your own beer and listen to short term and longer term goals from one of our students for the future.

Testimonials

Iris van der Woude

About the apple project

Cristina Groian

About finding my passion

Polina Valkova

About making cheese

Yajing Wang

About my internship abroad

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Minors

In year 2 of the 3-year Process & Food Technology degree programme, you choose a minor. This allows you to look beyond your own degree programme or to further specialise as a process and food engineer. You can choose the PFT-minor Food Product Design, for example, where you will also work with students from Nutrition & Dietetics and Industrial Design Engineering. In this minor you focus on the development or improvement of new and existing products. Do you prefer to broaden your knowledge by taking a completely different kind of minor? The possibilities at THUAS and beyond are endless. If you want to set up your own startup. you may want to focus on entrepreneurship, or delve into sociology to learn more about the human aspects of business. Would you like to use the minor as an opportunity to go abroad? In the minor Development Cooperation, you contribute your knowledge to development projects in Africa.

Working methods

During the 3-year PFT programme, you will learn through an interesting mix of teaching formats. You follow theoretical subjects, but also perform practical assignments. Other learning experiences will also further your development. You will go on a field trip to a water purification plant, a brewery and a company that produces catalysts for sustainable fuels. You will work alone or with fellow students on projects and issues that directly affect organisations. You immediately apply the theory you have learned in practice, and during your degree programme you already contribute to a more sustainable society.

Exchanges

We have excellent partnerships with companies and educational institutions in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Ghana, Indonesia and China. For example, you can do an exchange internship in Portugal where you will work on innovative enzymes for bread production. In Spain, you can contribute to research on nanoparticles for the pharmaceutical industry and in Ghana, you help to transform waste into biogas.

Contact the programme

If you have any further questions about admission requirements, enrolment and studying PFT, please contact Ron Haring via this form.
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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

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.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as European art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.

If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA). 

Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.


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