Food Technology (Bachelor of Science)
Have you always wanted to look behind the scenes of industrial food production? To evaluate and ensure the quality of food and its production? Moreover, to set consumer trends and help shape the issue of sustainability through innovative products and packaging? The study of food technology provides you with knowledge about the entire value chain: raw material and quality management, manufacturing processes, product development and packaging technology. The areas of responsibility are diverse. Whether innovative dairy products, gluten-free bread, alternative sources of protein, or baby food – discover the diverse possibilities with the Bachelor’s in Food Technology at the TUM in Weihenstephan!
Type of study: full time
Standard period of study, credits : 6 semesters, 180 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: unrestricted admission
Language of instruction: German
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
The food manufacturing and processing industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in Germany and is more diverse than almost any other sector. With a degree in Food Technology, you will be responsible for meeting the constantly increasing demands for healthy and functional nutrition and for producing high-quality food. Always looking for new innovative products, you can give free rein to your creativity.
Everything you need for this, you will learn at TUM. Our Bachelor's program combines an essential scientific education with engineering expertise and modern, practical opportunities for furthering your talents.
In Germany there are currently about 570,000 people employed in the food industry. In addition to traditional food manufacturers, these include the beverage industry and cooperating sectors such as spice or additive suppliers.
As a graduate of the Bachelor's program in Food Technology, your broad-based education prepares you for a wide range of roles in the industry. Possible fields of activity for you include product and process development, plant design and construction, quality assurance, logistics, packaging technology, purchasing as well as research and development at universities or in private companies.
In addition to a direct career start, many graduates also choose the option of continuing their Bachelor's degree with a consecutive Master's degree. One possibility is the Master's program in Food Technology, which is also offered by the TUM School of Life Sciences.
In the first two semesters of your studies, the focus is on the fundamentals of natural sciences and engineering. In addition to mathematics, physics, and cell biology, the subjects you take include an introduction to biotechnology and food technology. Accordingly, you will be guided step by step from the basics to specialization.
From the third semester onwards, you will deepen your knowledge of engineering sciences and food technology. You will deal with technical mechanics, mechanical engineering, equipment engineering and food technology as well as with fields such as biochemistry, microbiology and food chemistry. In various laboratory internships, you can put your acquired knowledge into practice. During your six-week internship, you will be immersed in various fields of activity in the industry and will be able to gain valuable initial practical experience.
Elective modules taken during your studies enable you to pursue your interests and build the basis for your future dream job. In the sixth semester, you will deal with an academic topic of your choice and write your Bachelor's thesis.
Interested? Take a look at the curriculum for more details.
As a graduate of the Food Technology study program, you will be able to apply the knowledge you acquired in the various areas of the course in a solution-oriented manner.
You will be familiar with the biological-chemical properties of food and its ingredients; you will know the technical process requirements and be able to produce them according to hygienic and legal regulations. You can design and implement production plants, know all process steps of food production, and can adapt them. Moreover, you can examine food chemically, microbiologically, technically and through sensory testing, and evaluate the economic efficiency of processes. All this knowledge allows you to develop innovative products and enrich the food industry with new ideas.
Besides, you will be able to conduct laboratory work in line with safety regulations, carry out scientific research, and develop multidisciplinary solutions to problems with a team. In combination with your first work experience from the internships, you will be perfectly prepared for professional life or the advanced master's degree course.
During the application period you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You simply upload your documents for admission to the Food Technology study program directly on the portal.
Prerequisite for admission is the general qualification for university entrance or a comparable qualification. There are no other admission restrictions; the course of study is admission-free.
When you receive your admission, you will have to submit a few certified hard copies for the enrollment.
A pre-study internship before the start of the course is not required for admission. For the successful completion of your studies, however, you must complete 6 weeks of internships.
Suitable Master's programs at the TUM School of Life Sciences
- Brewing and Beverage Technology M.Sc.
- Food Technology M.Sc.
- Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering M.Sc.
Other degree programs that might also interest you:
Already in the middle of your bachelor's degree in Food Technology / Food Technology and Biotechnology? Everything you need!
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- Timetable (TUM ID required for login):
This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester!
Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.
You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses, but also your personal appointments.
First steps with TUMonline
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
Please note! In the basic and orientation exams (GOP) in the 1st and 2nd bachelor semester you will automatically be registered for all examinations during the respective semester, i.e. independent registration is not necessary in the 1st academic year.
- Further examination matters
- Board of Examination
The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Briesen. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.co[at]ls.tum.de.
Please send us your internship/training certificate as early as possible to email@example.com – even if you already submitted it with your application. Please note that the job reference cannot be submitted in person. As soon as we have received the internship certificate, you will receive an automatic confirmation from us that we have received the documents. NB: This is not a recognition of the internship. The processing of your internship certificate may take some time. Please be patient and refrain from asking about your application status. We will confirm the recognition separately as soon as the documents have been processed. You can also check the status in your TUMonline account (marked with a green P).
A fundamental component of this course is the independent search for an internship. In addition to notices at the university, you can also find other internships in our Careers section.
A prerequisite for the recognition of a professional internship is a thematic relevance to pharmaceutical bioprocess technology and a sufficient technical reference. Internships in the areas of production, laboratory work, quality assurance, research and development, and related areas in companies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries are generally eligible for recognition. This applies analogously to the relevant supplier companies (mechanical engineering, chemical industry, automation technology, etc.). Technical relevant vocational training that has already been completed before the commencement of studies is recognized as a professional internship. Internships in one's own or parental/relative companies are only recognized in exceptional cases and must be clarified in advance.
Internships in companies whose fields of activity are not relevant to the respective degree program are not eligible for recognition. Internships at universities in Germany and abroad are also not recognized. Please be aware of this. No recognition is possible for internships in canteens, restaurants, mail order companies, online trade, warehouses, logistics, vehicle fleets, sales, distribution, administration, marketing or pharmacies. Internships connected with online research, literature reviews or the management of brewing courses cannot be recognized either.
Example of non-recognition:
"I would like to do an internship at a bakery in sales. Will this be recognized?"
No, an internship in sales or distribution does not meet the requirements of a professional internship and therefore cannot be recognized, even if it is a food production company.
Example of recognition:
"I would like to do an internship in a bakery in the field of pasta production. Will this internship be recognized?"
This internship can be recognized because it takes place in the field of food production.
A formal prerequisite for the recognition of internship achievements is the internship certificate, which is issued by the company in the same way as a work certificate. This certificate must contain at least the following information: Duration of the employment with the beginning and end dates of the internship, exact description of the activities, and evaluation of the work performed.
An internship report is generally not required, unless the internship certificate does not clearly indicate the nature and scope of the activity, in which case an internship report must be prepared as a substitute. The accuracy of the contents must be confirmed in writing by the company.
As a general rule, professional internships are to be completed in consecutive periods. Internships shorter than three weeks cannot be recognized. Longer periods of absence (e.g. illness) during an internship must be made up for. Furthermore, the company's holiday arrangements should be included in the employment contract.
Please note that in the case of international companies the certificate must be issued or translated into German or English for recognition.
If you have found an offer for an internship position that suits you, but you are not sure whether recognition is possible, you are welcome to have the possibility of recognition checked in advance by the Study Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The completion of internship or employment contracts is the responsibility of the students, i.e. the Office of Student Affairs does not offer sample contracts and does not check the contracts. The contracts should be issued directly by the relevant company’s internship office.
The completion of internships during the lecture period is generally not recommended, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. An internship completed during the lecture period can also be recognized without any problems.
Guideline for the recognition of field trips in the study areas of brewing and beverage technology, food technology and bioprocess technology. (FPSO versions 2011, 2014, 2019, 2020)
Field trips organized by chairs of the TUM School of Life Sciences do not require any proof and are directly accredited in TUMonline. In addition to excursions organized by chairs of the TUM, there are numerous possibilities to collect the four excursion days required for your studies. Excursions organized by alumni associations, fraternities, student working groups, but also private excursions organized by students are conceivable. The following is a brief overview of the rules that must be observed in order for a student-organized excursion to be considered as such.
A field trip must meet the following criteria to be considered a field trip day:
- Duration of at least 4 hours for full field trip days, at least 2 hours for half field trip days.
- Allow in-depth, course-specific, technical insight into one or more plant(s), process(es), and/or process techniques that go beyond a mere process overview. In addition to plant tours, supervised by technically responsible personnel, this includes, but is not limited to, trade shows relevant to the course of study.
- An individual proof of participation in the excursion is to be provided by each student, which clearly proves that the student participated in the excursion and processed contents of the excursion day mentally independently. The evidence must indicate a contact who can be reached and who can confirm that the excursion was carried out if asked. This can be, among other things, business cards of stand personnel of visited stands or simply a proof printed on company stationery with a meaningful signature.
No field trip days will be recognized for:
- Conferences, extra-curricular and university seminars, workshops (which are not coupled with a company visit).
- consumer fairs
- Professional internships/vocational training/work-study internships/research internships
Classic evidence can be:
- Report (3500-4000 characters excluding spaces, plus visuals and attachments) on the course and content of the field trip. (If several students participate in the same private excursion, separate reports for each participating student should explain different excursion focuses in more detail (e.g. outline different projects/production features of a company and/or company profiles, which goes beyond the mere compilation of promotional materials).
- Personalized admission ticket at trade shows, with brief report and proof pictures to prove that you were there.
- Confirmation of the staff leading the excursion/stand personnel with contents of the excursion and personal signature of the company visited.
All proofs, for all missing excursion days are to be submitted in one PDF after completion of the last required excursion by e-mail to email@example.com.
The naming of the PDF should follow the scheme:
In semesters in which automatic deadline extensions have been granted in accordance with Art. 99 Para. 2 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) (information on this can be found at: https://www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/coronavirus/studium), the following exceptions also apply in deviation from the above regulations:
- Conferences, extracurricular seminars, workshops (also digital) are eligible for recognition, provided that a subject-related reference is given and the other criteria for excursions are met.
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