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Department of Engineering

Sustainable Food Management


The training to become a food manager is as varied as food itself! With us, you will explore sustainable aspects of food development, production and marketing. After completing the course, you will be qualified to apply for a position of responsibility in a range of fields, from agriculture or industrial and commercial production to trade.

What you will learn:

Basic knowledge in primary food production

During the first year of the course, you will obtain well-founded expertise in the field of primary production, which provides the basis for the entire food industry and has a significant influence on sustainable food production.

The (food) chemistry must be right

In-depth knowledge of the chemical composition of foods is essential for the efficient design of production processes.

Certifications, standards, quality labels

The core competence of our graduates is their ability to evaluate foods and production sites according to established quality criteria, taking account of the legal framework conditions.

Food analytics

We will provide you with expertise in the field of food analytics so as to ensure the safety and quality of food.

Producing organic foods

Sustainable food production is practiced at numerous organic farms in Austria. You will choose a farm for your first internship and spend a month working in a field which reflects your interests.

Food as a global issue

It is essential that food managers maintain a broad perspective of the global food industry. You will therefore have the opportunity to gain international experience through internships and study abroad. The fifth semester is taught in English and covers international topics such as trade and marketing.

From harvesting robots to bio-reactors

Automation in agriculture, process engineering, biotech production processes and intelligent plastics in food packaging all form part of the repertoire of a food manager in terms of sustainability.

Practice, practice and more practice

A total of four internship periods will give you the opportunity to implement the theory-based knowledge you have acquired in practical settings over a period of 28 weeks. This will enable you to gain professional experience which will benefit you in the long term.

Did you know, …

… that this technical course combines science, engineering, management and key skills?

Agricultural engineering, natural sciences and process engineering, food processing, quality management and quality assurance as well as production planning and logistics are key assets on the job market. Technical experts are in high demand!

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Did you know, …

… that we set up a food lab in 2015?

The food lab contains a range of analysis, processing and measuring devices which are used to provide you with a scientific grounding in food science with a practical focus.

Did you know, …

… that you will be a certified hygiene manager after the fourth semester?

Quality Austria is the leading Austrian agency for system and personal certification and has been a partner to our courses for over ten years. The ‘Hygiene Manager’ certificate opens the doors to a range of attractive careers in trade and industry.

Did you know, …

… that the fifth semester is taught in English?

We will provide you with industry-specific English skills which you need when interacting with international partners. You will also have the chance to spend your fifth semester at a partner university abroad.

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Did you know, …

… that we need your Bachelor’s thesis for our future work?

Bachelor’s theses which focus on innovative topics and are carried out in collaboration with established companies can optimise sustainable food production step-by-step.

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Did you know, …

… that we offer students numerous opportunities to get to know the food industry?

The 960 hours of internship and numerous excursions to selected companies allow you to gather experience in the food industry while you study.