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Food Chemistry and Technology

Do you work in food processing or production? Do you want to extend your knowledge, increase your understanding of food chemistry processes, and learn more about current developments? Do you have an idea for an innovative product and wonder what you need to consider during implementation? In the university course “Food Chemistry and Technology”, experts share their comprehensive knowledge of food and food production.

Particularly small and medium sized businesses need to launch innovative and high quality products, because consumers attach increasing importance to buying high quality, regional foods. To provide such products, staff members require comprehensive knowledge – which you can acquire by participating in this university course.


  • You learn the fundamentals of food chemistry and food technology.
  • You critically evaluate processes in food production.
  • You learn how to ensure the quality of the final products.
  • You discover ground-breaking new knowledge and trends.
  • You learn to develop new, innovative, high quality food products.
This university course consists of 4 modules. Module I: Fundamentals
  • The fundamentals of natural sciences – food chemistry
  • Fundamentals of food analysis
  • Fundamentals of microbiology  
Module II: Food technology
  • Food technology 1 – animal products
  • Food technology 2 – plant products
  • New food technologies
  • Additives  
Module III: Special section
  • Allergies/intolerances
  • Organic residues in food
  • QS concepts, certifications
  • Food law, food labelling
  • Traceability, authenticity check
  • Assessment of food quality
  • Introduction to food product development
  • Food packaging
Module IV : Field trip
  • Food technology field trip
  • Food technology field trip – seminar
You will complete an exam at the end of modules I to III. You can also book these modules individually if there are free places.
In module IV, you work on a case study and present the results in a short presentation and/or seminar paper.

Target Groups

  • People with specialist training in different areas of food processing and food production, and relevant professional experience.
  • People with a bachelor or master’s degree in a different discipline (e.g. business administration or law) with relevant professional experience in the food production or food processing industry.

Admission Requirements

You must have one of the following qualifications to be admitted to the course:
  • Completed apprenticeship in a profession in the food processing industry, e.g. baker, butcher, food chemist, dairy specialist) with at least two years of relevant professional experience in food production or food processing or
  • Graduate of a relevant vocational school without a secondary school leaving examination (e.g., agricultural and forestry school, training lasting at least 3 years) with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience in food production or food processing or
  • Graduate of a relevant higher vocational school with a secondary school leaving examination (higher agricultural and forestry school) or
  • Graduate of a college with a secondary school leaving examination with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience in food production or food processing or
  • Graduate of a bachelor’s, master’s or university of applied sciences degree in natural sciences or
  • Graduate of a degree not in natural sciences with at least 1 year of experience in the food industry
The programme director uses the qualifications submitted to decide on admission.

Dates and Deadlines

Next course start: 11 October 2024

Course weekends:

  • 11/12 October 2024
  • 15/16 November 2024
  • 6/7 December 2024
  • 24/25 January 2024
  • 28 February/1 March 2025
  • 4/5 April 2025
  • 25/26 April 2025
  • 23/24 May 2025
  • 25/26 September 2025 (excursion)

Application until 15 July 2024

Quick Facts

  • Length: 2 semesters
  • Certificate: TU Graz certificate
  • ECTS credit points: 10
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Registration fee:
    • for entire course: €4900 (VAT free), including course handouts, drinks during breaks and field trips
    • for individual modules (I to III), according to available places: €1500 per module (VAT free)
      Financial support options and details
  • Number of participants: max. 25
  • Course location: TU Graz
  • Organisation: blocked across 8 x 2 days (Friday and Saturday) plus excursions (once Thursday and Friday)
  • Course days and times:
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Field trips: Times will be announced in advance
  • Syllabus

Food from Austria stands out on the international market due to its high level of quality. In depth, specialised knowledge is needed to succeed in this highly competitive market.

Financial Support Options

Participants in the university course who work for Styrian companies can apply for financial support from the Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung (SFG) before they start the course. Further information: Weiter!Bilden or contact Susanne Urschler.

Here you can find general financial support options for continuing education (German).


Next start date: 11 October 2024

Documents required:

Please send us your application documents until 15 July 2024 by email or post to:

Graz University of Technology
Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry
c/o Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Barbara SIEGMUND
Stremayrgasse 9/II
8010 Graz

Contact Us

Programme Director and Administration

Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry
Stremayrgasse 9/II
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 32506