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 introductory (propadeutic) 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. This 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.
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.
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.
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.