Education in Food Studies

Lund University offers food-related programmes at all levels – from undergraduate to PhD. In addition to programmes in which you can choose to specialise in food studies there are also freestanding courses from which you can gain specialised knowledge on everything from microbiology to animal welfare, gastronomy and climate. There are also contract and continuing professional development courses conducted in cooperation with companies and external institutions

Raw materials and farming

The Faculty of Science offers courses in molecular plant biology, genetics and general molecular biology, and the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) offers courses in biotechnology. At PhD level there are courses in subjects such as integrated plant protection, food security in tropical areas and genetic selection in plant breeding.  

Selected programmes and courses

  • Master’s in Human Geography
  • Master’s in Human Ecology
  • Master’s in International Development and Management
  • Fisheries Ecology
  • Plant Systematics and Diversity
  • Molecular Biotechnology

Process and production

Several of the programmes offered by the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) have content that is directly related to food production. Regarding product and process design, it is mainly the MSc Engineering programmes specialising in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering that offer specialisations in food studies. Engineering logistics and production management, suitable for the food industry, are part of the Industrial Engineering and Management programme. Technology management can be chosen as a concluding specialisation to all programmes at LTH and provides students with the opportunity to study leadership issues, project management and economics in a technological context and in cooperation with economists.

A two-year higher vocational education programme (YH) in Pharmaceutical and Food Technology is provided in cooperation with the adult education association Folkuniversitetet. Having taken the programme, students can work as pharmaceutical technicians or food technicians in the public and private sectors. The programme provides both practical skills and knowledge within pharmaceutical and food-related production. The courses cover the entire chain from idea to product including hygiene requirements, process technology, process chemistry and knowledge of relevant legislation.

The Food Technology Diploma is a two-year continuing professional development programme for people who have worked in the food sector for at least two years. The objective of the programme is to meet the needs of people who assess, secure and lead safe food production and food management. The aim is also to contribute food technology expertise to industry, the retail sector, and food service in the public sector.

LTH offers several food-related Master’s programmes. A specialisation within the MSc Engineering programme in Biotechnology is the equivalent of a Master’s in Food Technology with a focus on development and production of food, and covers nutrition, food techniques, food technology, probiotics and food microbiology. It is also possible to add other courses such as dairy technology, quality and product safety.

Selected programmes and courses

  • International Master’s in Food Technology and Nutrition.
  • European Master’s in Food Studies in cooperation with AgroParisTech (France), University College Cork (Ireland) and Wageningen (the Netherlands)
  • Food Technology Diploma
  • Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Food Innovation and Product Design. (Joint Master’s between Lund University and AgroParisTech, DIT (Ireland) and UNINA (Italy).) Lund University is responsible for packaging design and food logistics.
  • Quality and Product Safety
  • Food Chemistry for Product FormulationDairy Processes

Packaging and Logistics

The Division of Packaging Logistics provides courses in packaging innovation, packaging technology and development, and packaging logistics that cover everything from the basic understanding of packaging’s functions, characteristics, production and utilisation to its effect on logistics and transport chains. The importance of packaging design for food safety and sustainable development is of central importance in the courses. The courses are conducted in close collaboration with companies and are based on a holistic perspective stemming from current research.

Selected programmes and courses

  • Erasmus Mundus Master in Food Innovation and Product Design (FIPDes)
  • Logistics Service Management
  • School of Packaging in Europe (för Michigan
  • State University)
  • Packaging Technology and Development
  • Packaging Logistics
  • Food Packaging Innovation
  • Customer Relations of Logistics Companies
  • Humanitarian Logistics – logistics in developing countries and disaster response

Economics, Enterpreneurship, Retail and Consumer

Campus Helsingborg provides programmes in Service Management specialising in hotel and restaurant management, tourism, retail and logistics, at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. The programmes provide good opportunities for a position in the growing service sector, in which food and meals play an important role.  

The School of Economics and Management offers programmes in Industrial Management and courses within the MSc Engineering and Business Administration programmes.  Many students choose to specialise in various economic aspects of the food sector such as retail, brands, CSR, consumer behaviour, public sector economy and international marketing of food.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculties of Humanities and Theology provide interdisciplinary introduction courses with a consumer perspective on gastronomy, sustainable eating, food and health in the media, and animal welfare issues. Within the humanities and social sciences subjects the degree projects provide opportunities for more in-depth study in the area of food and meals.

The Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship offers a broad selection of courses in entrepreneurship for students from all faculties.  The courses are conducted in Swedish or English and can be taken within degree programmes or as freestanding and elective courses. 

Selected programmes and courses

  • Service Management – Bachelor’s programme with specialisations in hotel/restaurant, tourism and retail.
  • Master’s in Service Management
  • Master’s in Business and Economics
  • Master’s in Industrial Management
  • Gastronomy – a Global and Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Innovation Management
  • Place and Destination Development
  • International Marketing and Strategy
  • Strategic Brand Management

Sustainability, climate and food safety

The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) is a platform for education, research and external engagement related to challenges in the area of sustainability. LUMES is a two-year international Master’s programme focusing on the sustainability-related challenges that humanity faces. One focus area centres on the global challenges that agriculture and food production will have to address in the future.  

Environment and Health Protection can be studied as a one-year Master’s programme (60 credits) or as a two-year Master’s programme (120 credits). The programme provides specialised knowledge in the field of environment and health protection, for those studying for a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science. The programme offers opportunities for specialisation in food safety.

Selected programmes and courses

  • Master’s in Environment and Health Protection
  • LUMES – Master’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
  • Food Microbiology
  • Environment and Health Protection – Food Safety
  • Sustainability Issues within the Service Sector
  • Climate Strategy Methods


Within the area of food and health there are courses and programmes in subjects such as food technology and nutrition. Specialisation in an area such as probiotics is one example of the strong areas of research that are reflected in the programmes. It is also possible to study food and health from an historical perspective. 

Selected programmes and courses

  • Master’s in Food Technology and Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Probiotics
  • Health and Diet Through Human History