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Master’s programme Food & Health Sciences at campus Bayreuth

Dear Students,   

You’re in the right place if you

  • are interested in a unique programme of study,
  • have fun combining relevant content from different fields,
  • want to improve your chances on the job market with a field of activity that continues to grow,
  • hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, nutrition science, law and economics, or a related field.

The University of Bayreuth has been offering the interdisciplinary master’s programme Food & Health Sciences since Winter Semester 2015 at campus Bayreuth, the form of which is unique in Germany. This page will provide you with some additional information.

Who is right for this degree programme?

The programme is open to graduates of degree programmes in the natural sciences, economics, or law. For example, graduates of programmes in the following subjects are eligible: biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, agricultural sciences, dietetics, bioanalysis, health care management, law, business administration, economics, marketing, or “Sport, Business & Law”. When examining health and nutrition, we combine a foundation in the natural sciences with aspects of prevention and food production from the fields of law, economics, and sports psychology.

How is the programme organized?

The master's programme is located at campus Bayreuth.

Interdisciplinary training is initially divided into three different tracks according to whether the participants’ previous education was in law, economics, or the natural sciences. Students are assigned to a track for the first semester. Due to the range of expertise required, graduates learn the crucial foundations of the other disciplines in their first semester of study to complement their previous education.
In the second and third semesters of study, all students then complete required courses in food law, epidemiology and biostatistics, food analysis, food production, prevention and health promotion, food supply chain management, and nutrition medicine. The module Food Analysis is designed to provide all students with laboratory experience independent of their previous education. Students also choose one of four possible elective areas: Marketing, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Health Management, or Environment.
The master thesis is completed in the fourth semester and can be carried out in different departments at the Bayreuth campus, depending on the individual focus/interest. It is also possible to carry out your master thesis at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the Kulmbach campus. The overview of previously completed master theses shows the diverse topics.

How do I apply?

Starting 15 April you can submit your application through the university portal CAMPUSonline.
Please create your personal account under https://campusonline.uni-bayreuth.de clicking Login and then Basiskonto anlegen. Follow the link Bewerbung/Einschreibung and Bewerbung erfassen to start your application.

International applicants find further information and links on this website.

In the application process you will need to upload the following documents:

  • Your CV with a passport photo
  • Evidence of your higher education entrance qualification (a certified copy is not required)
  • Evidence of your German language proficiency, level C1 
  • written statement (up to two pages) explaining why you chose the master’s programme Food & Health Sciences (details can be found in an excerpt from the examination regulations)
  • Evidence of your degree and your transcript of records: a bachelor's certificate or (if the certificate is not yet available) a transcript of records with at least 150 ECTS points with a tentative weighted grade, in addition to a list of modules and credit points that are still missing.
  • If applicable, evidence of special qualifications (e.g. occupational training, awards, prizes, scholarships, etc.

Deadline for applications: 15 June

Start of the programme: 1 October

What else do I have to know about the aptitude assessment process?

If your bachelor’s certificate is not available yet, confirmation of all your individual grades and coursework up to the time of application and a list of assessment components that are still missing are to be submitted. These courses must amount to a total of at least 150 ECTS points by the time of the application and have an average grade of “2,5” or better. Your bachelor’s certificate with a final grade of “2,5” or better must be submitted by the end of your first semester.

One additional admission requirement is the programme-specific aptitude assessment process. Your interest in - and understanding of - interdisciplinary issues are important factors.  
In certain cases, interviews are conducted as part of the aptitude assessment process.

We would draw your attention to the fact that travel expenses associated with participation in the assessment process will under no circumstances be borne by the University of Bayreuth. This applies especially to expenses incurred in traveling to the venue, or for accommodation and hospitality. If you should be invited to an interview, it may be possible to conduct it via a Skype conversation. If this is your preference, please raise the possibility with us in arranging the interview.

What kind of career prospects will I have after graduation?

The complex interrelationships between food and health play a crucial role in many different areas of society. Understanding and communicating them requires a superior mastery of concepts and languages from a range of different disciplines. The objective of the degree programme is to train highly qualified future leaders with this in mind. They will be able to apply a thorough understanding of the subject matter when analysing multi-faceted issues, to identify new problems, and to develop flexible proposals for solving them. Our graduates will be qualified to pursue careers in research or in leadership positions in the field of health management, health insurance, in the food industry, in media, and in other areas of politics, administration, and business.

Why should I study in Bayreuth?

The University of Bayreuth is currently rated among the best young universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking "100 Under 50". This ranking includes the 100 best universities that are 50 years old or younger. As a medium-sized campus university, we place less emphasis on growth and more on ensuring the highest quality of our infrastructure. The University of Bayreuth’s disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations are to thank for the university’s international reputation. This tradition will continue with the degree programme Food & Health Sciences and will reach new levels thanks to the one-of-a-kind cooperation between three different faculties.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Römpp
E-Mail: andreas.römpp@uni-bayreuth.de
Telefon: + 49 (0)9221 87803-111 oder +49 (0)921 55-3662

Dr. Marlen Goldschmidt
E-Mail: marlen.goldschmidt@uni-bayreuth.de
Telefon: +49 (0)921 / 55-5833

Webmaster: Dr. Marlen Goldschmidt

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