Food Technology (Master of Science)

Were you inspired by food technology and nutrition in your bachelor's degree and would like to expand this knowledge with competences from the fields of innovation, process automation, and food process engineering? In the Master’s in Food Technology at the TU Munich, you can specialize in all these areas individually. Learn everything about modern, industrial food production and deal with ecological, social and economic sustainability. Develop innovative products, research strategies for preserving food, plan and develop production plants, and check their economic efficiency. With our many years of experience in the field of fo<od technology, Weihenstephan is the right place for your future master's degree.

Studying Food Technology successfully: What can you expect?

Type of study: full time

Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters, 120 ECTS

Start of degree program: winter semester

Admission category: Aptitude Assessment for Master

Language of instruction:  German

Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)

Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)

In the Master's program in Food Technology, you will deepen the analytical and methodological skills from your bachelor's program, based on your scientific and engineering foundation. You will deal with process engineering, product-specific and technological processes of food production as well as with the requirements and quality criteria of food. You will learn to design modern, environmentally friendly, and industrial manufacturing processes, design production plants, control product properties from analytical and sensory points of view, develop innovative products and find new strategies for preserving food. In addition to the focal points of process engineering, process automation and food technology, you will find a wide range of elective modules. This allows you to specialize in a particular field and to learn and consolidate your independent scientific work in research-oriented topics. You will apply this knowledge to your Master's thesis at the end of your studies.

After completing your Master’s program, a job market with excellent career prospects is open to you. You will find interesting jobs primarily in the food industry, but also in the beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as plant engineering. Thanks to their broad-based education, graduates can be employed in a wide variety of fields. The following fields of activity are possible for you:

  • Development of new, innovative, sustainable products and processes
  • Planning and development of new production facilities and manufacturing processes
  • The organization, monitoring, and optimization of production processes
  • Quality assurance during ongoing production operations
  • Monitoring of food production processes
  • Operational control, production management or technical management in food processing plants
  • University or industrial research and development
  • Purchase and evaluation of raw materials
  • Logistics and warehouse management

At the end of your studies, you also have the option of continuing your academic career with a doctorate.

The master's degree program in food technology combines engineering and natural sciences - so you are prepared for the modern production of innovative foods. Compulsory modules in the field of engineering sciences include automation and control technology, process engineering and scientific computing. In the subject-specific, scientific specialization, the focus is on food process engineering and in-depth chapters in food technology, for example. Here, the combination of process engineering and food technology content crystallizes.

You can take 50 of your 120 credits through elective modules and thus develop your individual interests. You can collect these credits not only through lectures, but also by choosing from a wide range of laboratory practicals and industrial and research internships, thus gaining a practical connection to the theory.

We are also happy to support you in the selection and supervision of research topics for a research internship that contributes to your individual profile. You can also organize your studies flexibly and, for example, gain additional experience and skills by spending a semester abroad.

At the end of your studies, you will write your Master's thesis on a topic of your own choice. You show that you can scientifically work on complex food technology issues, evaluate and present the results. Here, too, you will be supervised by our internationally recognized lecturers and professors. You can also work on and write your thesis in English.

Interested? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!

As a graduate in the field of food technology, you will have acquired broad knowledge in the areas of process engineering and food technology in addition to a sound education in the natural sciences and engineering. You will be able to combine your acquired specialist knowledge from all areas and apply it in a solution-focused manner. After completing your studies, you will be familiar with the biological-chemical properties of foods, their ingredients, and the process and process engineering requirements of production.

You will be able to plan the production of food, develop new production processes and plants, optimize existing production methods, produce food by fermentation, design food packaging, develop innovative products, ensure the quality of food and assess it microbially, chemically-technically and through sensory analysis.

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 degree program in Food Technology directly to the portal.

To apply, you need a qualified bachelor's degree of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent degree in the fields of food technology, brewing and beverage technology, pharmaceutical bioprocess engineering, life sciences nutrition science, or a comparable course of study at a German or foreign university.

In a subsequent aptitude assessment, we will check whether you have the necessary prerequisites and motivation for the program.

The admissions process is described in the appendix to the Academic and Examination Regulations of the program.

TUM's food technology in rankings:

#1 in Germany (Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023)

Discover the study program!

You can find out more about the degree program at the BrauBeviale fair in Nuremberg from 28 till 30 November 2023. Visit the TUM booth in hall 1, stand 1-549 and speak to students and colleagues from the university. Learn more and get a fair ticket for free

Already in the middle of your master's degree in Food Technology or Food Technology and Biotechnology? Everything you need!

  • Degree documentation
    The degree program documentation presents the concept of the study program.
  • Module catalog
    We update the module catalog every semester. Depending on your start of studies (i.e. depending on your version of the Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung (FPSO)) you can find the module manual here, in which all currently offered modules are described.

  • Curriculum
  • 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

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

Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)

Personal student advising

Franziska Albrecht, M.Sc.

Campus Office
ground floor, room 08
Tel. +49 8161 71 6515

Consultation hours:
Presence: Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Telephone: Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
and by appointment

Everything you need to know!

Many general questions can already be answered by the FAQs.

FAQs about studying

Current and course-specific information for students of the TUM School of Life Sciences

Wiki Study and Teaching (with TUM login only)