Postgraduate Programme

Sustainable Food Packaging Solutions

Who should attend?

Professionals and recent graduates holding at least a bachelor’s degree, with a keen interest in Sustainability, Food and Packaging, basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and sufficient background in chemistry and mathematics.

Want to find out whether your background in chemistry and mathematics is sufficient? Test yourself with this self-evaluation.

Content (45 ECTS)

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

  1. acquire knowledge and insights in food packaging systems from both a theoretical as practical perspective (materials, equipment and packaging conditions) and their selected effect on the packaging chain and related aspects.
  2. make evidence-based decisions in food packaging based on relevant and recent scientific evolutions in food and packaging systems.
  3. support in the selection of a packaging system for a certain food product considering different perspectives.
  4. develop interpersonal skills to participate and collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to control and develop advanced packaging systems.
  5. professionally communicate inside and outside an organisation, when designing and/or optimising a food packaging system.
  6. contextualise the impact of socio-economic tendencies on food packaging systems towards society and to adapt professional goals in a future perspective, this within an international context.
  7. develop hands-on problem-solving skills in a professional food packaging related context.

Courses are evaluated as part of an individual integrative assignment in which students have to integrate and apply knowledge and competences from all the different courses. The student (qualitatively) evaluates a food product-packaging concept. The product-packaging concept will be predetermined before the start of the lectures. The student should demonstrate s/he is able to apply the course in an interdisciplinary way, and explain the concept from a course specific perspective. The product of the assignment is a report (including a self-reflection) which will be presented to a jury.

The internship is evaluated in a periodic and non-periodic way.
Periodic (1/3): written report (50%) and oral presentation (50%)
Non-periodic (2/3): Evaluation of the process; participation and collaboration in the team, communication inside and outside the organisation, commitment, initiative, quality of execution, and problem solving approach.

Practical information

Tuition fee for academic year 2024-2025:
€ 5.280,00

The tuition fee includes:

  • extracurricular activities
  • digital course materials
  • student card and benefits

The tuition fee does not include:

  • meals
  • housing
  • physical course materials

Payment occurs after reception of the invoice.

All invoices are due in thirty days. All fees are exempt from VAT.

  • For entrepreneurs

The Flemish Government offers financial support to entrepreneurs for this programme through the SME e-wallet (in Dutch: kmo-portefeuille).
More information can be found on the Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship website in English or in Dutch.
Registration number Ghent University: dv.o103193

  • For entrepreneurs/employees active in the food industry in Belgium (PC 118 and 220)

Food sector association ALIMENTO financially supports entrepreneurs and employees active in the food industry in Belgium (PC 118 and 220) who take part in this master’s programme.
Please visit the ALIMENTO website for more information (in Dutch).

  • For employees 

Employees in the private sector are entitled, under certain conditions, to Flemish training leave (Dutch: Vlaams opleidingsverlof/VOV). They may be absent from work in order to follow a training course, while their salary continues to be paid. The employer can obtain compensation in the form of a fixed amount.

The Postgraduate programme Sustainable Food Packaging Solutions is registered in the database of Flemish Training Incentives, with registration number ODB-1003221.

  • Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 16:15 – 20:30, and on Fridays from 08:30 – 17:30.
  • Classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays take place online.
  • Classes on Fridays require physical presence on campus (Ghent University, Campus Kortrijk. Sint-Martens-Latemlaan 2B, 8500 Kortrijk)
  • Dates may change due to unforeseen reasons.

English is used in all presentations, exercises and documentation.