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Institute for life, food and horticultural sciences and landscaping

Food Science and Engineering MSc

The MSc in Food Science and Engineering course involves:
• 10 semesters for students recruited post school-leaving
• 8 semesters for students recruited at B2 level
It covers a variety of teaching methods, with priority given to vocational experience: classes, seminars, practical work, projects and traineeships.
It is structured in accordance with the BMD system, and assessment is based on ECTS credits.
One semester of study corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.

Teaching based around a professional approach

In addition to essential scientific knowledge, throughout the course engineering students acquire professional working methods and develop social and interpersonal skills intended to provide them with the open-minded spirit that all managers must have.

Details of Course structure

A 3-year cycle providing scientific foundations and professional skills

  • 1st year: Semesters 1 and 2

- Acquiring the scientific foundations essential to all engineers (80% lectures, 20% practical work and seminars)
- Learning about the first link in the food-production chain (15-day placement in an agricultural company)

  • 2nd year: Semesters 3 and 4

- Acquiring scientific foundations applied to food sciences (80% lectures, 20% practical work and seminars)
- Studying socio-economic and management aspects
- Strengthening existing knowledge of a modern language (4-week linguistic internship)

  • 3rd year: Semesters 5 and 6

- Learning about the engineering trade and the world of business (5 to 6 month in-company placement in France / semester 5)
- Enhancing technological and socio-economic applied skills in food sciences
- Conducting a study project on a cross-disciplinary theme, begun during the placement

A 2-year cycle of specialisation

4th year and 5th year: Semesters 7 to 10 - two years of specialisation

- Starting to specialise through professional immersion (4 to 6-month internship in a company or research institute abroad / semester 7)
- Consolidating and developing general scientific training (semesters 8 and 9)
- Acquiring specific skills related to specialism (semesters 8 and 9)
- Completing an engineering project (6-month final internship, in a company or research institute, in France or abroad)