Process & Food Technology - English - 4 years

In 2014, the horsemeat scandal marked the beginning of stricter factory inspections and a more food-conscious consumer. Today, manufacturers of consumables and foodstuffs around the world recognise that, to stay in business, transparency about the way their products are processed has become a necessity. As an upcoming student of Process & Food Technology (PFT) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) you too will appreciate this increase in consumers’ social awareness, because it will encourage you to innovate existing manufacturing processes, thus underscoring a sustainable and resourceful food and chemical industry.


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PFT 4 year, 2017-2018

Process & Food Technology has a four-year and a three-year programme, the latter differing only in its duration and study intensity. To qualify for this four-year programme you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of a Dutch HAVO and a good command of English. And it goes without saying that you also will need to be good at maths, chemistry and physics to keep up with the programme. 

Admission requirements

You have a non-Dutch diploma

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we will need to assess your secondary school certificate. To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.
This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (Quebec only when the education language is English), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, doesn’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge (CAE or CPE)  certificate to the Enrolment Centre. The TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS certificate must not be older than two years at the start of the study year.

See the document of the Language requirements 2016 for more information.

Please note: The Hague University of Applied Sciences does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.

Please note: if you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please allow The Hague University of Applied Sciences to check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. The Institution Code of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is 7042.

If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above you might still qualify for exemption, if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have an European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Please contact the THUAS Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.
If you don't meet the minimum entrance requirements, and you are 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you the opportunity to still be admitted to this bachelor programme. Click here for more information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the 4-year bachelor's degree programme in Process & Food Technology, you should have a havo- or vwo-diploma with the appropriate "profiel" You could also qualify for admission with a mbo (level 4) diploma.


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Does not qualify for admission
  • C&M Does not qualify for admission


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Does not qualify for admission
  • C&M Does not qualify for admission


  • Level 4, middle management or a specialised secondary education programme that includes subjects geared to transfer to this degree programme
The most appropriate "profiel" for havo is N&T. The most appropriate "profiel" for vwo is N&T.
You also qualify for admission to this degree programme if you have already completed a foundation programme for a degree programme at a university of applied sciences.
You can be admitted to this degree programme without having taken any additional subjects. This means that you will not need to take a deficiency examination (Dutch).
If you received a havo-diploma previous to 2009 or a vwo-diploma previous to 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions, you can contact the Central Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't have the diploma that qualifies your for admission and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, you can take the Admission Test 21+ (Dutch). If you pass this test, you can still begin the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.
There can be no exceptions made to the official admission requirements. The Central Student Enrolment Office is the only agency that can arrive at decisions regarding your qualification for admission as based on the official regulations. You cannot rely on any other sources of information with regard to your qualification for admission.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

7 April 2017

Open Day

An Open Day is a great way to visit our campus; get acquainted with current students, lecturers, and meet our team of study advisors. While you attend you can view and try products crafted by PFT students, such as: cheese, beer and even a water purification plant. Also you’ll get a taste of PFT during a food chemistry class.

9 - 10 March 2017

Trial Study Day

During the trial study you and another prospective PFT student will attend lectures and receive a process design assignment. Also you’ll get a sneak preview of our lab during a workshop on how to make mayonnaise.


Student for a day

Shadow a current PFT student and experience what it’s like to study at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Join a PFT class and meet our current students and lecturers. This will also be your chance to experience how PFT prepares you and your fellow students to become society’s most promising engineers. Get a sneak preview of courses like Industrial Micro Biology, Molecules and Materials, Inorganic Chemistry or Reaction Kinetics. These could help you decide whether you’d be more interested in experimenting with crystals that improve the taste of sweets or pursuing the possibility of producing biofuels from recycled waste.

Need help making a decision

We would like to help you make the right decision

It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various study’s offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 
Contact our Study & Career Centre Contact us by phone (+31) (0)70 445 8595 or by email

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