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Sustainable Food Economics (MSc)


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Sustainable food economics deals primarily with economic issues of the food industry and food trade, i.e. with companies that deal with the production and distribution of food and luxury foods.  The food chain is examined from the procurement of raw materials to the delivery of the finished products to the consumer. Processes, decisions and consequences of food production on markets and in processing companies of the food industry are considered. Teaching and research is conducted in the areas of:   

  • Business studies in the food industry
  • Market analysis and marketing in food markets
  • National and international agricultural policy
  • World food economy
Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


Accredited since september 28, 2007

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

Duration of Studies

  • 4 semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the study programme

The study programme is composed of 20 modules:
  • 8 core (compulsory) modules (6 CP each)
  • 8 profile (elective) modules (6 CP each)
  • a written Master's thesis (equivalent to 4 modules)
Half of the course modules are compulsory (core modules), the other half of the course modules can be chosen from the entire range of courses offered by the department and partly from other departments of JLU Giessen (profile modules).
Specialisation is possible by choosing the profile modules. The degree programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.

The core modules (compulsory modules) are:
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Corporate Communication
  • Organisational design in the agricultural and food industry
  • Process technology in food and service enterprises
  • International agricultural and food policy
  • Corporate management in the agricultural and food sector
  • Food quality: coordination, decision-making and institution
  • Market theory

Master's thesis

With the Master's thesis students can demonstrate their ability to work independently on a concrete, delimited topic within a limited period of time.


Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

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Courses offered in the course catalogue

Electronical course catalogue (in German)


Commencement of Studies in the Winter and Summer Semester

Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester

Application: Admission requirements

Admission requirements

The admission to this master's programme requires a relevant Bachelor's degree. The following Bachelor's degrees are currently considered relevant:

  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutrition and Supply Management
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Ecotrophology
The Examination Committee may recognise other degrees as equivalent within the scope of the application and admission procedure after a case-by-case examination.


  • The study program is not subject to admission restrictions.
  • The enrollment period for the winter semester begins in early June and for the summer semester in early December.
  • The end of the enrollment period is determined each year, please check the application portal during the enrollment period.

For international applicants, different rules apply in some cases. More...

Career Options

Career Options

Doctoral studies

After successful completion of a master's degree, doctoral studies are an option. This gives you further career opportunities.

Information about doctoral studies

International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences

Graduate Centres

International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences


Stays abroad in Giessen for international students (incomings)

Information for incoming students

Information and consultation


Stays abroad during studies (outgoings)

Information for outgoing students

Information and consultation


Further Information

More Information: Documents

PDF documents about the study programme

We would also be pleased to send you printed copies, please use our contact form.


Examination- and study regulations

Courses offered in the course catalogue



Prof. Dr. Matthias Frisch
Institut für Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung II
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Giessen
Tel.: (+49) 0641- 99 37540

Consultation hours: by arrangement


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