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Integrated Food Studies

Master (2 years) of Integrated Food Studies, 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus North Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The Master's programme in Integrated Food Studies will give you the possibility to study food and its many meanings in society. The programme offers a holistic approach combining natural science, design and social science traditions. It is oriented towards contemporary and historical meanings and expressions of food through the study of food production, processing and consumption. Both ‘main stream’ and ‘alternative food networks’ gastronomy and nutritional aspects and meanings of food will be presented and elaborated with innovation and sustainability as two common key words.

The holistic approach will give you the ability to navigate in a complex world of food-related decisions and expressions, both public and private.

'Hands on’ activities with taste or innovation of food product design will offer an exciting dimension to the study programme. The three professions listed below are meant to be a common part of the study programme for all students, but it is possible to choose one of the following as a main specialization:
  • Design and Gastronomy
  • Food Policy, Innovation and Networks
  • Public Health Nutrition

Career Opportunities  

The occupational aim of the Master´s degree is divided into four domains of the food sector described by the following job functions:
  1. The Food Industry, Industry Organizations and Retail: Innovative Design, Management and Strategic Planning and Technology Development
  2. Foodservice and Meal Production: Planning and Development, Management of Health Promotion and Nutritional Planning
  3. Authorities and Administrations: Strategic Development and Implementation, Policy Development, Advisory Work
  4. Research, Consultants, Teachers: Scientific Work and Advisory Work.


You can apply for enrolment in the Master in Integrated Food Studies if you have completed one of the Bachelor educations mentioned below:
  • Bachelor in Food Science
  • Bachelor in Nutrition & Health, or
  • Bachelor in Global Nutrition and Health
A Bachelor’s Degree in Techno Anthropology will grant admission if the student has been following a course in Food Anthropology or a similar course.

Students with a similar Bachelor's Degree, upon application to the Board of Studies, will be admitted after a specific academic assessment if the applicant is assessed to have comparable educational prerequisites.

Qualifications within the following fields are emphasized:
  • Scientific, technical and engineerical qualifications relating to food studies
  • Qualifications within design and visualisation relating to food studies
  • Qualifications within the socio-technical field or policy governance field relating to food studies
In addition, documentation will be required to verify that your proficiency in English is at an acceptable level. 
Read more about the language requirements of Aalborg University

Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

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North Campus

With the Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) as the next door neighbour, the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are very well placed in the North Campus. North Campus is an ideal setting for interdisciplinary reseach fields. Massive investments in research infrastructure, including the construction of the Niels Bohr Building and the Maersk Building,  are currently being made to develop the area around the North Campus into Copenhagen Science City. North Campus is very centrally located and transport links are excellent. Many students and teacher  also use their bike, and biking in Copenhagen is easy and convenient.
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