European MSc Sustainable Food Systems

Higher Education Institution Agronomy, food, environment


We develop international education and research projects in agroecology and sustainable food systems.


Marine Pobel Head of International Relations Department

European MSc Sustainable Food Systems

European MSc sustainable Food Systems Programme since 2015. It is tailor-made for international students interested in sustainable food production and how to manage and implement food processing and other food production related activities in a sustainable way.

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The food sector faces new challenges towards greater sustainability, including food quality and safety, public health, working conditions, environmental impacts.

The globalization of the markets also impact the future jobs in this sector and leads to a greater internationalization of the food companies and organizations.

The future managers of the food sector will have to deal with these challenges, contributing to the development and implementation of sustainable food processes and related activities, and to the development of environmentally and socially responsible organizations. They must also have the abilities to integrate in international and multicultural environments.

Programme Content

The programme is entirely taught in English and implies to study at least in two partner countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Romania).

  • The first semester is proposed in parallel in Belgium, Germany and Romania.
  • The second semester is a specialization: Sustainable food chains, Economics, Food technology and microstructure or Raw Material and Processing.
  • The third semester is offered by ISARA-Lyon and deals with food innovation, entrepreneurship and management.
  • The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis.




This European joint master’s degree programme Sustainable Food Systems is tailored for students who:

  • are interested in sustainable food production and how to manage and implement food processing and other food production related activities in a sustainable way
  • are looking for an international degree where the international perspective is an integrated part of the learning environment and the curriculum
  • are aiming at flexible career options within management positions in the food sector.



A dedicated Website "": More information, application modalities...

Detailed information on the curriculum content and structure, application modalities and selection requirements, application deadlines, are available on the programme's website:

Key facts  

  • The European MSc Sustainable Food Systems has been created:
    • by a European consortium gathering around ISARA-Lyon, renown universities in Belgium (Ghent University), Denmark (Aarhus University), Germany (University of Kassel and Hochschule Fulda) and Romania (University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca)
    • in close collaboration with a network of food companies and organizations of the participating countries in order to guarantee the coherence of students' skills and attitudes with employers' expectations, to secure the employability of the future graduates
    • with the support of the European Union and the Rhône-Alps Provincial authorities



Programme's coordinator

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