Companies worldwide are carefully reevaluating their production processes. There is a lot to be done: developing more efficient and environmentally friendly production process, creating smarter food and manufacturing more sustainable consumer products.
Are you a senior general secondary education (havo) student? Then you can complete the Process & Food Technology programme in 4 years.
You will learn everything about the many different production processes, so you can help improve and renew them. Your interest in technology and science will very much come in handy here. After completing this international (English-language variant) degree programme, you will be ready to work anywhere in the world. Where will you make the most impact?
Everything about admission
To begin the three-year bachelor’s degree programme, you should have a VWO diploma with the appropriate profile.
|Preliminary education||Required profile|
|Havo (senior general secondary education)||
|VWO (pre-university education)||
|MBO (senior secondary vocational education and training)||
You have a non-Dutch diploma
To enrol for the PFT 3 year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO diploma and a good command of English. Also, you need to have passed your exam in mathematics and chemistry.
Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate.
To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organization that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.
The app Prapp can help you to check whether this is the programme of your choice (the app is in Dutch, PFT is Chemische Technologie).
If you were not educated in the Netherlands you usually have to submit a language test to be admitted. Depending on the type and country of your diploma you may however qualify for exemption. Please check our entry requirements page for more information.
Don’t meet the entry requirements?
Perhaps your academic background is not quite the right level. Or you need some help improving your English skills. Don’t worry. There might be some alternative options to help you get in, and prepare yourself for a successful start of your studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS).
21+ admissions test
If you’re 21 years old before 1 September 2023, but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test is offered at several dates between January and the start of the academic year, and consists of a digital general capacity test. Please note that you can only participate if you have an EEA-nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date.
English Academic Preparation Programme – at The Hague Pathway College
Need help with your English? If you haven’t quite reached the right level of English for your chosen Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, you can enrol for English Academic Preparation Programme. After the successful completion of this programme, you’ll be ready to start your degree at THUAS and you will already have a good taste of studying and living in the Hague.
The Hague Pathway College
If you’d like to apply for a 3-year bachelor programme but don’t meet the academic entry requirements, you might be interested in joining The Hague Pathway College. This foundation programme has two intakes, one in September and one in January. It offers you the chance to bring your academic level up to the required level and work on your English at an academic level at the same time.Please check www.thehaguepathway.nl for more information
This programme also offers a 4-year track
If you have an academic background comparable to the Dutch havo level, you might want to consider enrolling for the 4-year track of this degree programme instead. Check out this website for more information about the 4-year programme.
Decisions regarding your qualification for admission
There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission.
Degree programme in figures
lecture hours per week
project hours per week
independent study hours per week
credits per year
Degree programme content
What will you study each year?
During the 3-year PFT programme, you will learn through an interesting mix of teaching formats. You follow theoretical subjects, but also perform practical assignments. Other learning experiences will also promote your development. You will go on a field trip to a water purification plant, a brewery and a company that produces catalysts for sustainable fuels. You will work alone or with fellow students on projects and issues that directly affect organizations. You immediately apply the theory you have learned in practice, and during your degree programme you already contribute to a more sustainable society.
We have excellent partnerships with companies and educational institutions in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Ghana, Indonesia and China. For example, you can do an exchange internship in Portugal where you will work on innovative enzymes for bread production. In Spain, you can contribute to research on nanoparticles for the pharmaceutical industry and in Ghana, you help to transform waste into biogas.
In year 2 of the 3-year Process & Food Technology degree programme, you choose a minor. This allows you to look beyond your own degree programme or to further specialize as a process and food engineer. You can choose the PFT-minor Food Product Design, for example, where you will also work with students from Nutrition & Dietetics and Industrial Design Engineering. In this minor you focus on the development or improvement of new and existing products. Do you prefer to broaden your knowledge by taking a completely different kind of minor? The possibilities at THUAS and beyond are endless. If you want to set up your own startup you may want to focus on entrepreneurship, or delve into sociology to learn more about the human aspects of business. Would you like to use the minor as an opportunity to go abroad? In the Minor Development Cooperation & Globalisation you contribute your knowledge to development projects in Africa.
What you will become
- Operations technician
- Food technologist
- Product designer
- Quality controller
- Security advisor
- Chief firefighter
- Drug safety medical adviser
- Process safety engineer
- Production specialist
- Research technician
At a university of applied sciences or research university
After you complete the 3-year Process & Food Technology degree programme you can find a job almost anywhere, but maybe you prefer to continue your studies. There are plenty of master's programmes in The Netherlands and abroad that align with what you have learned. It’s even possible to get a master’s degree within THUAS. The master Next Level Engineering can be done in just one year. Also, you will find prestigious master's programmes in Chemical Engineering at TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, UT Twente and at the University of Groningen. Wageningen University offers a master's degree in Food Technology. Depending on the university, you may have to complete a pre-master year before you can enrol.
Prefer to go abroad? You can consider universities in countries such as Denmark, Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom and China.
What else do you need to know?
How to apply
Your enrolment request must be submitted through Studielink. Before you do, please check the official name of the programme below. Would you like to find out more about the application process first? Check our page How to apply. The key deadlines are listed here as well. This degree programme starts in September and there is no intake in February.
Official details of the programme
This degree programme is registered in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO) as follows:
Official Dutch name of degree programme: Chemische Technologie
Official international name: Chemical Engineering
Programme code (Isat): 34275
Institution code (Brin): 27UM
Both the official Dutch and the official international name of the degree programme (current at the time of your graduation) will be printed on your diploma.
For more information on the accreditation of this degree programme, see the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) website.
You will have to pay tuition fees when you enrol on a bachelor's programme. You can pay in one or more instalments. If you pay in more than one instalment a small administration fee is charged.
Find out more about scholarships for international students. Please note that these scholarships are one-off scholarships only, meaning that if you obtain them it is only for your first year of study.
Dutch students qualify for extra financial support via a loan. Dutch students automatically qualify for this financial assistance and international students may be eligible if they have lived in the Netherlands for at least five years or are employed for at least 56 hours per month.
You must also budget for books, excursions and field trips. You can expect to pay approximately €800 per year to cover these additional costs. During your semester abroad, you will also need to pay for tickets, housing and insurance.
Visa and residence permit
Need help making a decision
We would like to help you make the right decision
It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various studies offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you.
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Assistance during your studies
Mentoring, coaching and advice
A personal supervisor will help you keep track of your study progress and guide your career development. He/she will also support you if you have any personal problems that could adversely affect your school performance. A coaching assistant, usually a recent graduate, will also tutor you. He/she will assist you with the day-to-day practicalities of studying PFT. For example, by helping you improve your time management skills, or finding the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions.
Binding Study Advice (BSA)
To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as pEuropean art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.
If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA).
Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.
Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.