|Organizational unit||Faculty of Management|
|Field of studies||Master in Food Systems|
|Form of studies||Full-time|
|Level of education||Second cycle|
|Language(s) of instruction||English|
|Recruitment committee email@example.com|
Master studies, full-time, conducted in English, at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw
Limit of vacancies: ( in the 1st intake, in the 2nd intake).
The Master in Food System Programme is conducted within the consortium of EIT FOOD ivzw (EU) and: Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universität Hohenheim, University of Reading, Università degli Studi di Torino, Aarhus University and Lund University.
Master In Food Systems (MFS) studies are conducted in the discipline of Management and Quality Sciences (leading discipline, Social Sciences) and Food and Nutrition Technology (supplementary discipline, Agricultural Sciences).
The studies cover 4 semesters. Classes will be conducted according to the following schedule:
- 1st and 4th semester - at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw, Szturmowa Street 1/3
- 2nd and 3rd semester - at two of the selected by student partner universities: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universität Hohenheim, University of Reading, Università degli Studi di Torino, Aarhus University and Lund University
The studies are charged with possibility to apply for a scholarship.
Master in Food Systems is an integrated master's program offered by the Faculty of Management in cooperation with the partner universities mentioned above. The MFS program promotes in-depth knowledge about value chain management in the food system. Students study consecutively at 3 universities in total, starting (and finishing) at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw. Each academic institution offers semester blocks focused on distinctive areas of the food system. Modules are taught in a variety of formats, combining online and offline lectures with case studies, co-creation and problem-solving activities, business plan development and master thesis. At each semester students implement modules offered by a given university in situ and one common module shared by students from all partner universities. The shared modules are as follows:
- 1st semester - the "Introduction to the food system" module (in the SPOC format - a specialized private online course) that will facilitate the selection of the mobility path.
- 2nd and 3rd semesters - off-site modules (several days) in the form of lectures and workshops. The 4th semester is entirely devoted to the master's thesis and research project for the master thesis.
Students receive master degree diplomas of the University of Warsaw with a supplement specifying with path description.
Students achieve learning outcomes in the area of knowledge, skills and competences resulting in the following graduate profile:
As to acquired knowledge, the graduate:
1. has in-depth knowledge of the nature of the discipline of "management and quality sciences" and its place in the social sciences system and its objective and methodological connections with other scientific disciplines, including the discipline of food and nutrition technologies;
2. learns and understand the terminology and methodology of research in the discipline of “management and quality sciences” as well as in the discipline of food and nutrition technologies;
3. knows and understands the fundamental dilemmas of modern civilization related to the food system, including management of innovations and new technologies, marketing as well as production and consumption;
4. knows the procedures and practices of effective food system organizations’ management.
In the field of skills, the graduate:
1. can use the theory of discipline in management and quality sciences, food and nutrition technologies and complementary sciences to recognize, diagnose and solve problems related to key functions in organization in food systems;
2. can correctly interpret social, political, legal and economic phenomena and their impact on the functioning of food system organisations and the entire economy;
3. can independently and collectively prepare analyzes, diagnoses and reports on complex and unusual problems;
4. has an in-depth ability to prepare oral presentations and conduct debates with the use of basic theoretical approaches and various sources;
5. speaks a foreign language at B2 + level and uses specialist terminology in written and oral presentations;
6. has the ability to interact, work and lead in a group;
7. understands the need to supplement and expand the acquired knowledge and skills.
As to social competences, the graduate:
1. is able to critically assess complex situations and phenomena related to the functioning of organizations, sector and the entire economy;
2. can think and act in an entrepreneurial way on a global scale;
3. shows sensitivity to ethical, social and cultural differences and is ready to develop industry ethical standards.
Potential job vacancies for graduates: marketing, production management and logistics, processes optimisation for production and logistics, new products developers, analysts of the broadly understood agri-food sector, consultants and advisers, specialists in food quality assurance and in food security management. The MFS promotes entrepreneurship and self-employment by enhancing start-ups development.
To apply please follow the link: https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu/
Limit of places
5 places in the first round
10 places in the second round*
*in case of not fulfilling the limit of places during the second round there will be the third round
Admission rules for candidates with Polish and foreign diplomas
- consortium level: stages I and II
- local level (UW): stage III
STAGE I - Eligibility criteria - consortium level
The candidate must submit an application at: https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu/
Requirements for candidates:
- English proficiency at the level indicated at https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu, not lower level than requirements for English Programs at the University of Warsaw, specified in the recruitment resolution Of University of Warsaw.
- Completed at least the first level of study (bachelor's, master's, engineer's or equivalent) that entitles study on a Master degree level; A degree in Agricultural Sciences, Biological/Life Sciences, Food Science, Chemistry, Food Safety, Nutrition and/or Economics or Management. Relevant degrees in other fields may be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
Scoring at the qualification stage:
- The prior degree of candidates is to be scored by the consortium on the basis of the final GPA/Avarage grade from relevant studies
- The assessment of the entrepreneurial potential of a candidate, made on the basis of the form filled in by him or her.
In the application form, candidates are asked to provide examples of their creativity, resilience, coping with ambiguity, ability to think critically. For this reason they should follow the guidance on MFS Apply - https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu
Only candidates that obtain a minimum score indicated on the https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu are invited to the interview
Based on the points obtained in the first stage, a ranking list is created, drawn up according to the decreasing number of points.
STAGE II - The interview - consortium level:
The number of candidates entering a second stage (interview) will not be bigger than twice as the final number of course vacancies.
The interview conducted in English will verify the following criteria (details at https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu/):
- communication skills in English (lexical perspicuity, fluency, contribution to structuring conversation, skill in using communication strategies)
- entrepreneurial potential (creativity, resilience, coping with ambiguity, ability to think critically)
- knowledge about the food system (general knowledge about the food sector, awareness of social issues related to food and nutrition, specificity of food production, food processing and food products)
The ranking list is based on the total of points from both stages
The maximum number of points to be scored in all stages: 100
The minimum number of points is announced on MFS Apply - https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu
Stage III - Internal Registration for Candidates – University of Warsaw level
On the basis of the points obtained on the consortium level, a ranking list is prepared according to a decreasing number of points, on the basis of which candidates will be qualified for studies at the University of Warsaw within the applicable limit of places.
Announcement of results: 26th of May, 2023
Reception of documents:
- I round: 5th-7th of June, 2023
- II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 19th-21st of June, 2023
- III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 26th-27th of June, 2023
Above deadlines refer to the regsitration at the IRK UW system and apply only to candidates who would like to undertake studies at the University of Warsaw and successfully completed the qualification procedure at the consortium level. In order to participate in the qualification procedure at the consortium level, candidates register and submit applications in accordance with information available at: https://mfs-apply.eitfood.eu/
The studies are payable - tuition fees
List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies
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