EMFOL - Food of Life

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Masters Erasmus Mundus
In Bellaterra (Spain)

€ 16,000 - (Rs 11,62,191)
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  • Master
  • Bellaterra (Spain)
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • When:
  • Credits: 120

EM Food of Life is a cross-disciplinary Masters Course in the science of animal-derived foods. In a unique way, the course combines animal science and food science and technology focusing on social as well as cultural and, of course, scientific aspects of the food production chain. EM Food of Life is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world. The two-year Masters Course builts on the expertise of four European universities: University of Copenhagen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. UAB, University of Helsinki.

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Where and when

Starts Location
Barcelona, Spain
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· Requirements

Admission Criteria: A good first university degree within relevant discipline (animal science, food science or technology, other biological science - weight 60%. High proficiency in English : IELTS score: 6.0 TOEFL score: 560/IBT 83 - weight 10%. Strong personal statement of motivation - weight 10%. Good recommendations from two references, of which at least one is academic - weight 10%. Relevant work experience - weight 10%.



What I would highlight The EMFOL MSc in Animal-Derived Foods met my expectations of a world-class academic programme. My professors are basically the authors of some of the books and journal articles that I have based my previous and current research on. Further, they are very approachable and motivating, especially in pursuing deeper knowledge and experience in food science. Lastly the international student department is highly efficient and reliable. You are assured that you are well taken care of.

What could be improved I liked everything

Would you recommend this course? Yes.

What you'll learn on the course

Animal science
Food Science
Consumer health
Animal Health
Meat products
Milk products
Food production systems

Teachers and trainers (3)

Aila Vanhatalo
Aila Vanhatalo

Professor Aila Vanhatalo leads research and teaching in the field of ruminant nutrition at the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki. She has specialised in ruminant nutrition physiology. Emphasis in her research activities has been in protein and lipid metabolism studies in dairy cows consuming grass or red clover silage based diets.

Chris Knight
Chris Knight
EMFOL Co-ordinator

Prof. Chris Knight is a lactation researcher with interests in both animal and human lactation. His large animal research is done in collaboration with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala and includes nutritional and management manipulations of milk quality.

Jordi Saldo Periago
Jordi Saldo Periago

Aplicació de noves tecnologies per a la millora de la seguretat alimentària i de les característiques nutricionals i organolèptiques dels aliments. Aplicació de tecnologies tradicionals per a la millora de la qualitat i el valor nutritiu dels aliments processats. Control de qualitat i estabilitat dels aliments

Course programme

The EM Food of Life Masters Course has inputs in both animal and food science, and outputs relevant to both consumer and animal health. Essential components are:

Food: Meat and milk products derived from all the relevant farm species including pigs, cattle, small ruminants and poultry Life: Effects of nutrition on the health of the consumer, and effects of production systems on the health of the animal Study at two European universities

The course comprises one year (60 ECTS) at each of two of the four EM Food of Life partner institutions. All students will attend an Introductory Module at the start of Year One and a Summer School at the start of Year Two (both typically mid August).

Please note that students will be expected to finance their travel costs in connection with Introductory Module and Summer School themselves.

Intro Course Study Year One
  • University of Copenhagen, UC or Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU

Joint Summer School
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB or University of Helsinki, UH

Study Year Two
  • University of Copenhagen, UC
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB
  • University of Helsinki, UH

Additional information

Application for Category A Scholarships: January 15
Application for Category B Scholarships: January 15
Selection meeting: January
Notification of the pre-selection lists: February 15
Final decision from EACEA: April 30, 2013
Application without Scholarship: April 30
Courses will start on: October

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