University of Bayreuth, Press release no. 026/2024 from 29/02/2024

New Master's degree course: Food System Sciences at the Kulmbach campus of the University of Bayreuth from winter semester 2024/25

The University of Bayreuth is expanding its range of courses for students who want to shape the food systems of tomorrow in a sustainable way. The Master's degree course in Food System Sciences is a pioneering course at the interface between food chemistry, human physiology, food law and bioeconomics.

Prospective students can apply from March 1 to start in the winter semester.

The complex world of food is of great importance for many areas of society. Food ingredients have a direct impact on human health, while production methods and supply chain management have an impact on the environment. New food products require a legislative process that makes the food system more sustainable and healthier.

The Master's degree program in Food System Sciences at the University of Bayreuth offers an interdisciplinary program that covers various aspects of the food system and provides students with an insight into the interfaces between food chemistry, human physiology, food law and bioeconomics. This interdisciplinary basis and the subsequent specialization in one of these disciplines enables students to make a significant contribution to ensuring a sufficient and high-quality food supply for the growing world population.

"Food systems are becoming increasingly complex. To enable a sustainable supply, future decision-makers need to understand existing dependencies and interrelationships that influence the production, distribution and consumption of food. This degree course focuses specifically on these complex interrelationships so that a holistic understanding can be gained and sustainable and resilient systems can be created for the future," says Prof. Dr. Christian Fikar, Dean of Studies at the Faculty and Professor of Food Supply Chain Management.

The Master's program is designed for four semesters and is taught in English. Admission requirements are a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, law or economics. Alternatively, degrees in nutrition and health sciences are also accepted. A good command of English (at least B2 level) is also a prerequisite for admission. An aptitude test is also part of the admission procedure. Applications can be submitted until June 15, 2024 via the application portal of the University of Bayreuth.

The degree program qualifies students for research and development in academic and business environments, for management positions in the food industry and the healthcare industry as well as for management and consulting tasks in public authorities, the media and other areas of administration and business.

The degree program is embedded in the interdisciplinary Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of Bayreuth's Kulmbach campus. The faculty brings together different disciplines for a holistic view of food systems, which is now expressed in the new Master's degree program "Food System Sciences".

Further information can be found here: https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/master/food-system-sciences

Prof. Dr. Corina Vlot-Schuster

Prof. Dr. A.C. (Corina) Vlot-Schuster

Professor of Crop Plant Genetics

Phone: +49 (0)9221 / 407-1200
E-Mail: food-system-master@uni-bayreuth.de

Fritz-Hornschuch-Straße 13
95326 Kulmbach

Prof. Dr. Frank Suhr

Prof. Dr. Frank Suhr

Professor of Molecular Exercise Physiology

Phone: +49 (0)9221 / 407-9258
E-Mail: food-system-master@uni-bayreuth.de

Fritz-Hornschuch-Straße 13
95326 Kulmbach

Olga Gassan

Olga Gassan

Unversity Marketing

Phone: +49 (0)921/ 55-5317
E-mail: olga.gassan@uni-bayreuth.de