Food Systems Innovation

Education type
Master programme
1 year
Field of interest
Food sciences

Our present-day food system is under pressure, when viewed from the perspectives of economics, health and sustainability. Not only do we need to produce more and healthier food, we need to progress towards a food system that makes more intelligent use of land and resources without irreversibly exhausting these or causing loss of biodiversity.For this transition, we need bridge-builders. People who want to boost society across various fields of expertise, in order to promote creative solutions. People who can think about how to get healthy and sustainably produced food to consumers in the cities. How would you like to connect, for instance, food technology with marketing for a company? Or do you want to set up your own business? Are you a real connector who wants to make a difference? Well then, Food Systems Innovation is just the master’s programme* for you!

Why this programme?

  • You will receive a state recognised Master of Applied Science*
  • You want to make a difference
  • During your studies you will visit a number of inspiring cities


This new programme is offered at master level. However, only after the official accreditation of the NVAO, it is allowed to use the title Master of Science for graduated students of this programme.

Registration will be open in the meantime; we will keep preliminary registered students informed about the process. Do you have any questions about what this means for your subscription? Please contact the programme leader of Food Systems Innovation.

  • Location: Almere 
  • Duration: 1 year 
  • Language: English 
  • Number of credits: 60 ECTS 
  • Start date: 1 September 
  • Application deadline: 1 May
  • Tuition fee EU/EEA: €2.143,- 
  • Tuition fee NON-EU/EEA: €10.433,-  
  • This master’s programme* centres around the themes of health, ecology and business models regarding the urban food environment. We will train you to initiate and implement new ideas in the food system, together with those parties involved. You will help to build a durable and healthy food system for growing cities like, for example, the ones we have in the Netherlands and in Europe. You will actively work on real-life examples from these cities. During your studies, you will visit a number of inspiring cities that will show you different contexts, and you will be trained to think and act in a systemic way.

    During your studies, you will gain knowledge and also learn new skills. You will develop professional skills that you will need as a so-called ‘T-shaped professional’ – someone who is both a generalist and a specialist. You will research the challenges facing the food system and you will look for and work on innovative tools with which changes can be brought about.

    The study programme is divided into four phases:

    1. Exploring: exploring food systems in an urban context;
    2. Intervening: reframing food systems and designing interventions;
    3. Experiencing: applying new insights into food systems to an urban and your own professional context;
    4. Creating: researching and creating new solutions and interventions
    • Completion of a University of Applied Sciences (UAS) bachelor study programme (national or international) on the subject of food. For example: Food Technology, Food Commerce, Food Innovation, Food and Health, Food and business and Agribusiness.
      If you have not completed one of the bachelor's programmes mentioned above or a similar programme, you may be admitted under certain circumstances. Wheter you will be admitted depends on your motivation and you knowledge of food systems, health and ecology or the circular economy.

    International students: 

    • A minimum score of 575 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognized equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.5), Cambridge CAE C or IBT (90) (as set out in the rules in the Code for Master students)

    Students with a Dutch nationality: 

    • A minimum score of 575 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognized equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.5), Cambridge CAE C or IBT (90), or
    • A grade 7 (Dutch VWO diploma) or grade 8 (Dutch HAVO diploma), or
    • An achieved bachelor programme with at least one semester of education taught in English, or
    • Being a native English speaker, or
    • Candidates with an International School (IB) diploma
  • When you graduate in a year’s time, you will be awarded a state recognised Master of Applied Science*.

    Professional careers

    • Change agent: the driving force behind meaningful change in (large) organizations and businesses;
    • Advisor for innovative processes: ensures that innovative processes are organized and become successful;
    • Innovations project manager: coordinates innovation projects from the initial idea right up to the implementation, and introduces innovations to the market;
    • Advisor at consultancies and design agencies: helps different clients with their innovation projects;
    • Entrepreneur in the circular economy: combines innovative strength and corporate social responsibility, and introduces sustainable innovations to the market;
    • Intrapreneur: an entrepreneur in a large company, who is able to freely develop future-oriented products and services.
Students from Aeres University of Applied Sciences European Food Business or International Food Business in a shop with food

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