NFOK20003U Sustainable Innovation in Food Science

Volume 2021/2022

MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology


The course aims to provide the students with an understanding of innovation in the food chain and sector. Especially taking in to consideration the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The students will be introduced to key aspects regarding:

  • Innovation and Design Thinking
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Food legislation
  • Sustainablity, including LCA
  • Business models


The students will be divided into teams and work theoretically with cases. The case work is linked to the teaching on a weekly basis. The students will also have to recognize the potential restrictions imposed in "real-life".

As a part of the team work on the cases, the students will acquire basic tools for successful team work, including how to exploit teamdynamics and project organisation.

Learning Outcome


  • Describe key concepts concerning innovation process in food science
  • Describe key concepts concerning Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), food legislation and Business Modelling
  • Describe key concepts concerning sustainability in food science



  • Ability to critically reflect on concepts (ideation and idea selection tools) used in the innovation process
  • Ability to apply and analyze various process models and approaches in the innovation process
  • Ability to critically reflect on bottlenecks in the implementation of innovation in the food chain
  • Ability to assess a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Ability to investigate Intelectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Ability to apply the business model canvas
  • Ability to search European food legislation databases
  • Ability to disseminate scientific outcome of case work
  • Ability to pitch outcome of case work to different types of evaluators



  • A scientific approach to innovation in the food chain and sector
  • Integrate obtained theoretical knowledge in the solution of the case work
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation with other students in teams on planning, carrying out and evaluating case work in relation to innovation

See Absalon for a list of course literature

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures, exercises and case work. The case work will be carried out in student teams and results in the innovation of an element in the food chain documented by a case portfolio divided in different parts. The portfolio will contain different elements developed over the case work period.
The course is identical to the discontinued course NFOK20004U Short Thematic Course in Food Science and Technology. Therefore you cannot register for NFOK20003U - Sustainable Innovation in Food Science, if you have already passed NFOK20004U Short Thematic Course in Food Science and Technology.
If you are registered with examination attempts in NFOK20004U Short Thematic Course in Food Science and Technology without having passed the course, you have to use your last examination attempts to pass the exam in NFOK20003U - Sustainable Innovation in Food Science. You have a total of three examination attempts.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 42
  • Theory exercises
  • 12
  • Project work
  • 75
  • Guidance
  • 6
  • Exam
  • 29
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual written report handed in at the end of the course.
Exam registration requirements

Approval of all portfolio parts. Portfolio hand ins are done in groups and consists of multiple parts handed in during the course.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Same as ordinary exam.

Un-passed portfolio parts must be submitted two weeks before the re-examination date. All portfolio parts must be approved in order for the student to go the re-exam. Any previously passed portfolio parts will be reused.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome