Food: Product and Process Design

  • MA
  • Co-op, Extra occupational
  • German
  • 4 Semester
  • Graz
  • 15 Places
Application period
from 01.11.2022

We stand for ecologically sustainable and economically efficient food production. During the course, you will further develop your knowledge of food processing and refining processes. The topics covered range from product development and process design to quality management and innovation of production lines and systems. Our graduates are trained in using the latest technologies and meeting all relevant food safety requirements.

Key topics

Product Development & Innovation

You will explore the development of food products as well as the organisation of optimised processes and plants. You will also learn about the key innovative food and biotech processes used in raw materials preparation and food processing.


You will further develop your knowledge in the fields of quality management, food safety and regulatory compliance. You will also learn how to specifically apply sensor technology and instrumental analytics so as to ensure quality assurance across the food chain.


During the second and third semesters, you will work on an innovative project at your training company: from product and process development to quality and legal management. You will also undertake an interdisciplinary project on the issue of process development and management.

Hygienic Plant & Process Design

We provide you with the necessary foundations in chemistry, physics and microbiology, focusing on hygiene management and the hygienic design of plants and processes.

Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Small businesses such as commercial enterprises, farms and start-ups are a special focus of the education. In the degree programme you will expand your competences in the areas of business management and entrepreneurship.

Business Practice

From the very first semester, there is a transfer of knowledge from university to business practice and vice versa. You can select individual specialisations and further develop your application-oriented knowledge, e.g. in smart food production, to implement flexible, mobile and networked production systems.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in German at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Application mode:
Online Application

Admission procedure:
Application, personal interview, assesment of qualifications.

Start of studies:

Study information days:
OPEN HOUSE Graz: https://www.fh-joanneum.at/en/university/events/open-house/

Tuition fee:
no tuition fees for students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

Food: Product and Process Design is a co-op programme characterised by extensive practice blocks which form an integral part of the course. This facilitates the transfer of knowledge from the university to business practice and vice versa right from the first semester. You can specialise according to your interests and expand your application knowledge.

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