Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Location: Leeuwarden
Duration: 1 year
Language: English
Tuition fee: EU € 2,209 a year/ non-EU € 13,750 a year

Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc)

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Conducting change and innovation in the international dairy sector

Are you that dairy professional with a keen eye for innovation, strategy and governance, eager to take your career to the next level? Or maybe you are about to graduate for your bachelor and feel like you still haven’t finished learning and professionalising yourself in the dairy chain? The master Innovative Dairy Chain Management is what you are looking for!

This master programme focusses on the dairy chain as a whole, from farm to table and everything in between. How can farms deliver milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to (safety) requirements of the chain? How can we innovate different processes to meet the industrial and governmental needs? These are some of the issues you will be working on during this masters.


Students should be able to think in innovative ways, which translates to creativity in dealing with complex situations such as:

  • Developing scenarios for the sector to tackle uncertainties, as opposed to traditional advisory services.
  • Developing strategies for changing circumstances.
  • Innovative technologies in production, processing and in chain governance.
  • The establishment of farms in new countries or new areas.


Leeuwarden will be your student city for the duration of this master. IDCM in an English-taught programme, for which you will have to take a qualification test. International students have the possibility to study the second part of the master programme online. This applies to the study units Research Design & Implementation and the thesis. Online tools will be used to guide you with assignments and your thesis. This way, your residence in the Netherlands can be limited to 20 weeks. This may save you a lot in travel and housing costs.

Part-time or full-time

It is possible to enroll in a full-time or part-time programme of this master. If you choose full-time, the master has a duration of one year. When you choose part-time, the programme is spread over two or three years. In that case, the first and second trimester are concluded with a certificate.


Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

The master IDCM is being developed through the Education Programme of the Dairy Campus which is subsidised by the SNN (Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland).

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