International Programmes 2020/2021

Food Quality and Safety Food Quality and Safety

University of Bayreuth • Kulmbach

Master of Science (MSc)
Course location
Teaching language
  • English


Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
Winter semester: middle of October; summer semester: middle of April
Application deadline

1 July to start in the winter semester; 15 January to start in the summer semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The food industry is a highly complex environment. Besides the overwhelming variety of ingredients they contain, our food products are produced, traded, and processed globally. Quality assurance and quality enhancement must come to terms with this complexity, as must the legal framework and new technical innovations. Unique in Germany, the "Food Quality and Safety" Master's degree programme at the University of Bayreuth addresses some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: the sustainable production and distribution of healthy food of the highest possible quality, feeding a steadily growing world population, and optimising existing supply chains while developing new ones. Complex problems require interdisciplinary solutions. This is where the scientific, legal, and economic skills you will acquire, thanks to this programme's interdisciplinary scope, will come to the fore.

In this two-year Master's programme, you will be introduced to problems, work on concrete case studies, and be included in current research projects. You will acquire skills in the following areas: Biology, Human Biology, Food Chemistry, Data Science / Bioinformatics / Statistics, Food Law, Trade Law, Safety and Risk Management Law, Quality Management, Food Supply Chain Management, and Science Communication.

Course organisation

The Master's programme in "Food Quality and Safety" (MSc) takes four semesters (full-time) and comprises 120 ECTS credits. You can start the study programme in the winter as well as in the summer semester. In each semester 30 ECTS credits are earned.

The subject-oriented modules in the field of Biology and Biochemistry of Food, Human Biology, Food Chemistry, Data Science / Bioinformatics / Statistics, Law, Management and Science Communication will provide you with fundamental technical and methodological skills. Furthermore, the possibility to study in an interdisciplinary and intercultural setting as well as the successful completion of case studies and the mandatory internship will strengthen your communication and professional skills.

The study programme takes place at the newly-founded Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health in Kulmbach (around 25 km away from the main campus of the University of Bayreuth). Kulmbach is home not only to some globally recognised companies in the food industry but is also to the Max Rubner Institute, the Bavarian Control Authority for Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine, the State Technical College for Food Technology, and the Kulmbach Clinical Centre. In this dynamic environment, this new interdisciplinary and international campus is established, which brings together different perspectives of natural sciences, economics, law, social and behavioural sciences in a unique way. Be part of it and apply for the Master's programme! We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kulmbach. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

A mandatory internship provides an inside view and experience that is crucial for an orientation in the job market. You will get the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge to practical issues and thus deepen your knowledge. You are free to choose the place that best suits your interests. If you need help in finding an internship, of course, we will give you adequate support.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (at the University of Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth (which combines the campus in Bayreuth and our new faculty VII located in Kulmbach), it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Scholarships awarded via the International Office

Students (monthly payments: 300 EUR)
You can apply for the scholarships starting in the third semester of study; scholarship funding cannot be provided during the first two semesters of study. You must submit the following documents with your application:
Enrolment certificate | Copy of passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from an instructor at the University of Bayreuth | Evidence of coursework completed at the University of Bayreuth, including grades | CV
Academic admission requirements

The academic admission requirement is a university degree with a final grade of 2.5 ("gut") or better in the Bachelor's programmes Biology or Biochemistry, or a comparable degree in the field of Life Sciences.

There will be an aptitude test.

For further information of the application process, please visit our website at

Language requirements

Proof of English language skills: Test results proving CEFR Level C1

Proof of German language skills: Test results proving CEFR Level A1 (can be obtained during the first year of the programme)

Application deadline

1 July to start in the winter semester; 15 January to start in the summer semester

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth and Kulmbach have a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Accompanying programme

University of Bayreuth

International, innovative, and interdisciplinary in research and teaching

The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,770 international students from more than 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2019 THE ranking “151 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

Welcome to our one-of-a-kind campus in Bavaria!
It is both the heart of our university and a source of inspiration. It is where friendships are made, collaboration is initiated, and ideas are conceived, ensuring that our university remains a beacon of innovation. Scientific exchange profits tremendously from the wide variety of disciplines our communicative campus brings together. That is probably why the University of Bayreuth has been able to celebrate so many awards and honours for its scholarly accomplishments.

University location

University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30
95447 Bayreuth