One of the major components of the European Master in Food Studies programme is the Thesis Project, which puts students’ learning into practice with a nine-month placement at one of our partnering food companies, which include many of Europe’s top multinationals. The thesis takes place during the second year of the program, after a short summer holiday.
During the thesis period, students design and carry out an applied research project. In general, the work is multi-disciplinary and will result in an improvement in processes, products or market awareness.
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Although the research topics are very diverse, each project makes a positive contribution to the solution of specific industrial needs by the application of modern scientific knowledge. In conducting the research work, each student acquires skills in designing and performing industrial research projects.
The research period is 9 months, full-time, and includes preparation and writing of the project report.
When matching student, project and industry, companies participating in the programme submit project proposals, students indicate their preference and the programme coordinators take the final decision. As thesis placements are made with companies’ R&D centres outside the student’s home country, students acquire additional adaptation and cross-cultural communication capabilities. This challenging experience is a fantastic opportunity to learn a significant amount in a relatively short period.
A team of two supervisors will coach the student during the thesis project: one supervisor from the company and an academic supervisor from Wageningen University. The thesis work will be evaluated by both supervisors. The academic quality of the thesis is examined by a full professor from Wageningen University, who will act as examiner.
Agreements with industry on confidentiality are always strictly taken into account.