Master in Food Systems, Full-time
Master in Food Systems
Character: 2nd level – master, regular, full-time studies (paid)
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
General information about Program – Master in Food Systems
Master in Food Systems (MFS) studies are conducted in the discipline of Management and Quality Sciences (leading discipline, Social Sciences) and Food and Nutrition Technology (supplementary discipline, Agricultural Sciences).
The studies cover 4 semesters. Classes will be conducted according to the following schedule:
– 1st and 4th semester – at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw, ul. Szturmowa 1/3
– 2nd and 3rd semester – at two of the selected by student partner universities (according to the study profile chosen by the candidate): University of Reading, University of Studi di Torino, Universität Hohenheim or Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Aarhus University.
Master in Food Systems is an integrated master’s program offered by the Faculty of Management in cooperation with the partner universities mentioned above. The MFS program promotes in-depth knowledge about value chain management in the food system. Students study consecutively at 3 universities in total, starting (and finishing) at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw. Each academic institution offers semester blocks focused on distinctive areas of the food system. Modules are taught in a variety of formats, combining online and offline lectures with case studies, co-creation and problem-solving activities, business plan development and master thesis. At each semester students implement modules offered by a given university in situ and one common module shared by students from all partner universities.
The overarching, common modules are as follows:
– 1st semester – the “Introduction to the food system” module (in the SPOC format – a specialized private online course) that will facilitate the selection of the mobility path.
– 2nd semester – Summer School – an off-site module (several days) in the form of lectures and workshops, which ends up with a project presentation and induvidual reflective essay
– 3rd semester – Emerging Technology Business Case – an off-site module (over the semester) in the form of lectures and workshops, which ends up with a project presentation and induvidual report
The 4th semester is entirely devoted to the master’s thesis and research project for the master thesis.
Students receive master degree diplomas of the University of Warsaw with a supplement specifying with path description.
More information about the studies can be found on the following websites.
Students achieve learning outcomes in the area of knowledge, skills and competences resulting in the following graduate profile:
As to acquired knowledge, the graduate:
- has in-depth knowledge of the nature of the discipline of “management and quality sciences” and its place in the social sciences system and its objective and methodological connections with other scientific disciplines, including the discipline of food and nutrition technologies;
- learns and understand the terminology and methodology of research in the discipline of “management and quality sciences” as well as in the discipline of food and nutrition technologies;
- knows and understands the fundamental dilemmas of modern civilization related to the food system, including management of innovations and new technologies, marketing as well as production and consumption;
- knows the procedures and practices of effective food system organizations’ management.
In the field of skills, the graduate:
- can use the theory of discipline in management and quality sciences, food and nutrition technologies and complementary sciences to recognize, diagnose and solve problems related to key functions in organization in food systems;
- can correctly interpret social, political, legal and economic phenomena and their impact on the functioning of food system organisations and the entire economy;
- can independently and collectively prepare analyzes, diagnoses and reports on complex and unusual problems;
- has an in-depth ability to prepare oral presentations and conduct debates with the use of basic theoretical approaches and various sources;
- speaks a foreign language at B2 + level and uses specialist terminology in written and oral presentations;
- has the ability to interact, work and lead in a group;
- understands the need to supplement and expand the acquired knowledge and skills.
As to social competences, the graduate:
- is able to critically assess complex situations and phenomena related to the functioning of organizations, sector and the entire economy
- can think and act in an entrepreneurial way on a global scale;
- shows sensitivity to ethical, social and cultural differences and is ready to develop industry ethical standards.
Potential job vacancies for graduates:
Our graduates can apply for a job in the following areas: marketing, production management and logistics, processes optimisation for production and logistics, new products developers, analysts of the broadly understood agri-food sector, consultants and advisers, specialists in food quality assurance and in food security management. The MFS promotes entrepreneurship and self-employment by enhancing start-ups development.