Sustainable Food Packaging

  • Hands-on training programmes
  • Modular structures
  • Strong interaction with industry
  • Max. one day per week on campus

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Let's avoid food waste while going for 100% circular or renewable food packaging!


A world without packaging is unthinkable. It offers numerous advantages in terms of hygiene, food safety, transport, reduction of food waste, etc., but the current impact of certain materials and uses on the environment is too big and unsustainable. 

Ghent University therefore wants to stimulate a switch towards 100% reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging, and prepare students or reskill professionals to become experts in sustainable food packaging systems. 

The Sustainable Food Packaging training programmes bring the three domains together and teach you to design and/or optimise a food packaging system with a conscious and critical choice of resources and production methods, while at the same time considering the corporate or organisational culture, its mission and vision, and the broad socio-economic context:

“How we can keep food safe and preserve it for the required shelf-life using food packaging systems that are sustainable and balance the ecological footprint with ensuring access to high quality food and maintaining profitable food supply chains?”

Target audience

The programme aims at three types of students:

    • recent graduates
    • international students
    • professionals

In general, any highly motivated candidate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree (depending on the programme), a keen interest in Sustainability, Food and Packaging, basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and sufficient background in chemistry and mathematics can be admitted.

If you hold a degree in an entirely different field of study, your application will still be considered if you can demonstrate the necessary academic requirements.

Do I have to find a host organisation for my dissertation myself?
The programme committee will have a list of hosts available to choose from, but students can also look for external organisations themselves.
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Do I need a visa / work permit / residence permit as a non-EU/EEA citizen?
You will need a long stay student visa (type D). More information can be found here:
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Is there an application fee?
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For all inquires related to the MSc in Sustainable Food Packaging, please contact sfp(at) or use the contact form below.