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Master of Science in Preneurship for Regenerative Food Systems

Initiate, develop and implement innovative business models as a preneur for sustainable and regenerative food systems.

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Why pursue a Master’s degree in Preneurship for Regenerative Food Systems?

Our society is facing major challenges from an economic, ecological and social perspective - global warming, loss of biodiversity, hunger, climate extremes, and many more. A linear view of the food system as a value chain is no longer sufficient due to its high complexity. We need entrepreneurs and pioneers to take action who understand the food system as a value network and who can connect the necessary disciplines and stakeholders.

The new MSc study programme trains you to become a professional with competences in the design of sustainable and regenerative food and nutrition systems. By jointly initiating, developing and implementing transformative and innovative business models, you will develop the relevant skills for future-oriented food systems.

«The industry needs this education programme to meet the global challenges of food value creation. Understanding the entire value chain is extremely valuable for all companies.»

Patrick Camele, CEO of the SV Group

Our Master's programme aims at students who …

  • have a passion and enthusiasm for topics such as sustainability, the food system, system change, alternative economic systems, problem solving and digital transformation;
  • want to take responsibility for entrepreneurial projects as an intrapreneur, for social initiatives as a commonpreneur or for their own company as an entrepreneur;
  • wish to lead as pioneers, make a difference and proactively drive and implement systemic change;
  • want to work together in teams to create and implement innovative projects;
  • want to develop their skills in linking and connecting diverse disciplines to create strategic solutions (interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity), and
  • approach challenges creatively, courageously, and with curiousity.

Your interests & background

You are passionate about topics such as: sustainable food and nutrition systems, food production and food industry, regenerative agriculture, circular economy, supply chain transparency, digital transformation and digitalisation, sustainable value chains, understanding of systems and system change, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, leadership, business processes, business management, business creation and start-up foundation, innovation management and business innovation, product development, nutrition, health, gastronomy, sustainable tourism, society, diversity, interdisciplinarity, conflict and crisis management, personal development, consulting, interface functions, and creativity

You hold a bachelor's degree in any of the following fields: business administration and economics, food and beverage science, food science, food technology, nutrition, environment, environmental science, environmental engineering, agriculture, agricultural science, biotechnology, hospitality management or facility management. Graduates with a bachelor's degree from other disciplines may also apply and may be admitted through an extended process.

Your career after graduating from the Master's in Preneurship for Regenerative Food Systems

Establish your own start-up as an entrepreneur, implement sustainable innovations in a food company as an intrapreneur, or drive social change processes as a commonpreneur - with this Master's programme, you will become a preneur for regenerative food systems.

«The main strength of theses graduates is the ability to create something new and to realise their full potential, whether within a company or as an entrepreneur. The graduates possess good network thinking abilities and can act as a link between business administration and food technology.»

Sandro Kündig, Managing Director of the Kündig Group

Good reasons to study for a MSc in Preneurship for Regenerative Food Systems

«The term "regenerative" signifies focussing on the entire system. Through this Master’s programme, we empower people to rethink systems at the point where business, food value creation and sustainability intersect. They further develop as individuals, learn to appreciate skills within teams, and implement ideas effectively.»

Maya Ladner, Programme Director MSc in Preneurship for Regenerative Food Systems

Course content and curriculum

The master's programme allows you to customize the curriculum according to your needs and competences. You will be closely supported by your coach. The main focus of your studies will be the Agro Food Project, a practice-oriented task which you will work on in an interdisciplinary team over the course of four semesters. In addition to the compulsory modules, you can also benefit from a large selection of elective modules from other Master's programmes at the ZHAW (Open Curriculum).

In order to meet the demand for agility and interdisciplinarity in the food industry, the Master's programme combines different teaching and learning methods (the so-called "4-o's" educational concept):

We promote a culture of open feedback and positive failure.

«This concept is extremely progressive and contemporary. I am very excited about the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary structure and the combination of practical and personal development.»

Denise Loga, Future Food Expert

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Structure of the study programme

The Master's programme focuses on sustainability, work empowerment for professionals in increasingly agile organisations within the food system, and the fundamental principles of preneurship (entrepreneurship, commonpreneurship, intrapreneurship).

The programme, with a total of 90 credits (ECTS), begins with the Navigation module and is then structured around the following four segments: Agro Food Project, Regenerative Preneurship, Agro Food Technology & Systems, and Individual Skills. Over four semesters you will attend compulsory and elective modules. During the Disruption Days, you will gain insights into disruptive topics outside of your everyday studies.

Navigation Our navigation module allows the development of basic skills relevant to master-level studies and at the same time enables students to find a common orientation at the beginning of the master's programme. Apart from this, students crate their individual study design during this module and form teams for the Agro Food Project.
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 10 credits
Agro Food Project You work on a comprehensive project over the course of four semesters in an interdisciplinary team. The topic of the project is chosen by the team, and can be developed independently as a business idea (entrepreneurship), together with business partners or researchers (intrapreneurship) or as a social initiative (commonpreneurship). You complete the module with an individual master's thesis focussing on an in-depth (research) question.
Compulsory modules: 4 modules, total 20 credits
Master’s thesis: 10 credits
Regenerative Preneurship Business management basics, along with the development of leadership skills and the elaboration of tools for innovation management enable you to initiate and implement sustainable changes within the food industry. Among other things, you apply this new knowledge and understanding directly in your own Agro Food Project.
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 6 credits
Elective modules: 10-16 credits
Agro Food Technology & Systems You become familiar with technlologies (relevant both currently but also in the future) related to systemic change in the Agro Food Value Chain and gain a holistic perspective on the challenges facing the industry. You apply this new knowledge and understanding directly in your own Agro Food Project.
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 6 credits
Elective modulese: 10-16 credits
Individual Skills The Individual Skills segment allows you to develop both your profile and your skills on an individual basis and in a way which you yourself determine.
Scope: 9 – 12 credits
Disruption Days During the Disruption Days, your daily study routine is deliberately interrupted and you face new challenges. You test the skills you have acquired in an unfamiliar setting and in new forms of collaboration, and develop new skills in the process.
Topics: Personal Resilience, Corporate Case
Compulsory modules: 2 modules, total 4 credits

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