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Enhance your career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. With a Master of Food Technology, you can become a research and development champion in in the food industry. Read more

Enhance your career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world

With a Master of Food Technology, you can become a research and development champion in in the food industry.

Food is an important part of our everyday life. The focus on health and wellbeing through food consumption is increasing. The world’s economies are looking for new ways to add value to raw produce.

In demand by employers

All this adds up to excellent salaries and an increasing demand for people with the research and technical skills you will learn during this qualification.

Internationally recognised and unique

The Massey Master of Food Technology is held in high regard around the world and has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years. You’ll gain the research and technical skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world. Your lecturers are actively researching, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Work on real food industry issues

Massey’s Master of Food Technology provides teaching of practical skills needed to undertake independent research in the food industry. You will then undertake your own large independent research project that focuses on real food industry problems and solutions.

World-leading facilities

At Massey you’ll have access to real equipment to do research that’s applied and practical to the food industry including:

  • A fully equipped pilot plant to enable you to research processes for the manufacture of food products such as extrusion, spray drying, freezing, thermal processing, brewing and fermentation technology and high pressure processing
  • Labs equipped to analyse and characterise food texture, rheology, physical properties, chemical composition and microbial flora
  • A sensory facility to gather consumer data for the sensory properties of food
  • A post-harvest lab to study the packaging, storage and preservation of fruits and vegetables

Massey has research expertise in meat and fish technology, dairy technology, fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates and food additives and ingredients.

Our facilities will help you to develop new and innovative ideas, develop prototypes, work with consumers to test those and commercial scale production.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Food Technology will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study that will prepare you for a PhD or a senior technical role in the food industry

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading centres in Food Science and Technology in Europe and the world. The history of the Food Technology programme at the university goes back more than 50 years; it is considered to be one of the best and most innovative programmes in its field in Europe. Read more

Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading centres in Food Science and Technology in Europe and the world. The history of the Food Technology programme at the university goes back more than 50 years; it is considered to be one of the best and most innovative programmes in its field in Europe.

Study programme

Wageningen (the Netherlands, 40.000 inhabitants, 10.000 students) is one of the leading areas for Food Technology and Nutrition in the world. Besides the many groups within Wageningen University & Research working on Food Science and Nutrition, there are also numerous companies and research institutes in Wageningen.

On the Programme of Food Technology page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.

Specialisations

Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Your future career

Graduates of the Food Technology programme generally find a job in either one of the food industries, the government, universities or institutes. Around 10% of the graduates will pursue a PhD degree. Below you can find several stories of graduates Food Technology about their job. Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Related programmes:

MSc Food Quality Management 

MSc Food Safety

MSc Biotechnology 

MSc Nutrition and Health



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Enhance your career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. With a Master of Food Technology, you can become a research and development champion in in the food industry. Read more

Enhance your career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world

With a Master of Food Technology, you can become a research and development champion in in the food industry.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Food is an important part of our everyday life. The focus on health and wellbeing through food consumption is increasing. The world’s economies are looking for new ways to add value to raw produce.

In demand by employers

All this adds up to excellent salaries and an increasing demand for people with the research and technical skills you will learn during this qualification.

Internationally recognised and unique

The Massey Master of Food Technology is held in high regard around the world and has been producing graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years. You’ll gain the research and technical skills to apply your knowledge in the commercial world. Your lecturers are actively researching, with many having worked in the New Zealand and international food industries.

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Work on real food industry issues

Massey’s Master of Food Technology provides teaching of practical skills needed to undertake independent research in the food industry. You will then undertake your own large independent research project that focuses on real food industry problems and solutions.

World-leading facilities

At Massey you’ll have access to real equipment to do research that’s applied and practical to the food industry including:

  • A fully equipped pilot plant to enable you to research processes for the manufacture of food products such as extrusion, spray drying, freezing, thermal processing, brewing and fermentation technology and high pressure processing
  • Labs equipped to analyse and characterise food texture, rheology, physical properties, chemical composition and microbial flora
  • A sensory facility to gather consumer data for the sensory properties of food
  • A post-harvest lab to study the packaging, storage and preservation of fruits and vegetables

Massey has research expertise in meat and fish technology, dairy technology, fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates and food additives and ingredients.

Our facilities will help you to develop new and innovative ideas, develop prototypes, work with consumers to test those and commercial scale production.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Food Technology will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study that will prepare you for a PhD or a senior technical role in the food industry

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

Careers

Graduates of Massey’s Master of Food Technology are highly sought-after by employers. They are known for their ability to co-ordinate product development, process development, quality management and production management.



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What is the Master of Food Technology all about?.  The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) focuses on . Read more

What is the Master of Food Technology all about?

 The Interuniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) focuses on two technological dimensions of prime and crucial importance in food processing and preservation:

  • the transformation (processing) of raw materials into products suited for human consumption
  • the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods to the end consumer.

These two concerns are directly translated in the focus points of the IUPFOOD programme.

The InterUniversity Programme in Food Technology (IUPFOOD) is jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University (UGent). The programme builds on KU Leuven’s and UGent’s combined expertise in research and education in the field of food technology.

Structure

The Master of Science in Food Technology (120 ECTS) consists of four major segments:

  • In-depth education segment (60 ECTS)
  • Specialisation segment (18 ECTS)
  • Elective courses segment (12 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis segment (30 ECTS) 

 In the first year of the Master's programme, students will spend the first semester in Ghent and the second semester in Leuven. The second stage courses of the majors 'Postharvest and Food Preservation Engineering' and 'Food Science and Technology' are taught respectively at KU Leuven and UGent; at both universities, optional courses and thesis research topics are offered.

Objectives

1. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of the (bio)chemical processes in biological raw materials during postharvest storage and their transformation into food products.

2. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of engineering principles of unit operations and their use in the transformation of raw materials into food products as a basis for qualitative and quantitative design, evaluation and optimization of food process and preservation unit operations.

3. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of ecology, physiology, detection, use and combat microorganisms in food systems.

4. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge and understanding of (bio)-chemical, physical and microbiological methods for analysis of raw materials and foods including the skills to identify and use such methods in the context of research, process and product design and optimization and food control.

5. Has profound and detailed scientific knowledge in different fields of product technology such as vegetable products, dairy products, meat products, fish products, cereal derived products and fermented products including aspects of product development in relation to consumer behavior.

6. Can critically evaluate the functionality and safety of foods in the context of human health including the relation with raw materials and their processing into foods based on analytical data and scientific literature data.

7. Masters the skills and has acquired the problem solving capacity to analyze problems of food quality and safety along the food chain and to elaborate interdisciplinary and integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches and solutions (including implementation) appreciating the complexity of food systems and the processes used while taking into account technical limitations and socio-economic aspects such as feasibility, risks, and sustainability.

8. Has acquired a broad perspective to problems of food security, related to postharvest and food processing, in low income developing countries.

9. Can investigate and understand interaction with other relevant science domains and integrate them within the context of more advanced ideas and practical applications and problem solving.

10. Can demonstrate critical consideration of and reflection on known and new theories, models or interpretation within the broad field of food technology.

11. Can identify and apply appropriate research methods and techniques to design, plan and execute targeted experiments or simulations independently and critically evaluate and interpret the collected data.

12. Can develop and execute independently original scientific research and/or apply innovative ideas within research environments to create new and/or improved insights and/or solutions for complex (multi)disciplinary research questions respecting the results of other researchers.

13. Can convincingly and professionally communicate personal research, thoughts, ideas, and opinions of proposals, both written and oral, to different actors and stakeholders from peers to a general public.

14. Has acquired project management skills to act independently and in a multidisciplinary team as team member or team leader in international and intercultural settings.

Career perspectives

IUPFOOD's objective is to offer a programme that takes the specific needs and approaches of developing countries into account. The IUPFOOD programme prepares graduates for various tasks, including teaching and research. IUPFOOD alumni are mainly active in the following sectors:

  • academic institutions (as teaching and/or research staff)
  • research institutes (as research staff)
  • nongovernmental organisations (in different capacities)
  • governmental institutes (e.g. in research programmes, quality surveillance programmes or national nutritional programmes)
  • private industry (in particular jobs related to quality control)


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Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of food technology with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5. Through study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities in both secondary school and college settings. Read more

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of food technology with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5. Through study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities in both secondary school and college settings.

This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach food technology.

On the course you

  • enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills
  • learn how to teach food technology
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • gain knowledge about schools and the education system
  • apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach food technology.

You complete a lot of practical work in our well-equipped facilities to help you learn creative and innovative teaching methods, which you can then transfer to the classroom.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for self-evaluation and personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A University-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

Your placements are complemented by University and Academy based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Course structure

Modules

  • developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary design and technology education – (food technology)
  • learning and teaching in context in design and technology
  • block placement 1
  • block placement 2

Assessment

  • research projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice
  • practical work

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.



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The master’s program equips graduates with profound academic knowledge of technology, chemistry, safety and trends, and economic fundamentals in the fields of food and nutrition. Read more
The master’s program equips graduates with profound academic knowledge of technology, chemistry, safety and trends, and economic fundamentals in the fields of food and nutrition. The contents of the master’s program Food Technology & Nutrition have been adapted to the present and future requirements of economy, and provide future engineers with the best possible qualification to assert themselves as competent experts or independent entrepreneurs on the job market.

An important goal of the program is to connect high-quality skills in the areas of food technology and nutrition in an integrative way, and to thus develop interdisciplinary options. Special focus is here on the methods of analysis and quality management, on respective legal frameworks in the admission, production and packaging of food, as well as on food constituents and nutrition trends.

Training in business administration forms an essential aspect of the qualification profile. Our graduates are thus able to meet the growing requirements of the economy and industry concerning cross-cutting activities such as quality, product and process management, but also personal key competencies such as work techniques, social skills and the ability to work in a team. This aspect is complemented through an interdisciplinary education in process technology.

But also elements of problem-based learning, the teaching of scientific methods, and their professional imple-mentation in current industrial projects play an important role to impart skills which add to the high-quality profile of our graduates and turn them into highly coveted experts in their respective career fields.

Contents

Food Technology & Nutrition
Food Chemistry
Food Production & Packaging
Foodbiotechnology
Food Ingredients & Nutritients
Food Medicine
Trends in Food Science, Nutrients & Technology
Analytics and Regulatory Framework
Food Aproval
Quality Control
Current industry projects
Scientific working incl. Master thesis
General management

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Food Technology at Ghent. -Inter-university programme - Joint degree offered by the two leading universities in Flanders. -High-level research-based education to solve food security problems in developing countries. Read more
Food Technology at Ghent:
-Inter-university programme - Joint degree offered by the two leading universities in Flanders.
-High-level research-based education to solve food security problems in developing countries.
-Farm to fork multi-disciplinary approach.

Food should not only be produced, it should also be delivered to the ultimate consumer in an acceptable form if it is to fulfil its nutritional destiny. To bring foods to the consumer in an acceptable form, on the one hand processing technologies are used to convert edible raw materials into foods with decreased inherent stability; on the other hand preservation technologies are required to increase the stability and shelf life of foods.

Based on these considerations two technological dimensions are the key objectives: the transformation (processing) of raw materials into products suited for human consumption and the role of postharvest and food preservation unit operations in delivering safe and nutritious foods to the end consumer.

Structure

Semester 1 (Sept-Jan)
-Preceded by introduction courses.
-Food Science and Food Engineering at UGent.
Semester 2 (Febr-June)
-Food Science and Food Engineering at KULeuven.
Semester 3 (Sept-Jan) and Semester 4 (Febr-June)
-Major in Food Science and Technology (UGent).
OR
-Major in Postharvest and Food Preservation and Engineering (KULeuven).
-Tailor-made sub programme including elective courses.
-Master dissertation at the university of the major.

Learning outcomes

Our programme will prepare you to become professionals in areas of food technology to equip future personnel with the necessary technical and managerial knowledge, skills and attitudes, which is required to successfully contribute to solving problems related to food security. The programme particularly focuses on countries where food security is a current and future major concern and key challenge.

Other admission requirements

Each application will be evaluated by the Educational Committee for admission. Applicants are fluent in English (written and oral). Candidates from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have obtained a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL test (or a score of at least 80 on a internet-based TOEFL test) or at least 6,5 on the IELTS test.

Direct access is given to students who are, based on the specific entrance requirements of those programmes, directly admitted to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Technology (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelentechnologie) at KU Leuven or to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Nutrition (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelenwetenschappen en Voeding) at UGent.

Access is given to students who are, based on the specific entrance requirements of those programmes, admitted to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Technology (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelentechnologie) at KU Leuven or to the Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Nutrition (Master of Science in de Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen: Levensmiddelenwetenschappen en Voeding) at UGent after successful completion of a preparatory programme (15 to 60 credits) or transitional programme (45 to 90 credits).

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This online programme aims to develop food manufacturing industry staff, particularly those working in technical quality assurance and NPD, with specific reference and application to their own practice. Read more

Course Overview

This online programme aims to develop food manufacturing industry staff, particularly those working in technical quality assurance and NPD, with specific reference and application to their own practice. This applied programme is intended to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills and competencies.

No attendance at the university is required for this programme, since it is delivered by electronic means only.

Please click here (https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/study/adviceforapplicants/Pages/Armed-Forces-Personnel.aspx ) for details about the Enhanced Learning Scheme and ELCAS funding.

Course suspended for 2016 entry

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Food-Technology-for-Industry---MSc-(Online-Distance-Learning)-.aspx

Course Content

his programme is offered on a part time, distance learning basis only. To obtain the MSc Food Technology for Industry, students must successfully complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This must include all core modules, including the dissertation/enterprise project component.

Students will be able to access the modules via Cardiff Met’s Moodle platform. Modules will be released in September of each year and students will work through them at their own pace. Students may embark on more than one module in an academic year, but they need to complete all modules embarked on by July of that year.

Core Modules (credit value):
- Global Food Safety (20)
- Global Food Quality Management Systems (20)
- Research Methods (20)
- Food Product Conformity and Labelling (10)
- Dissertation OR Enterprise project (60)

Optional Modules:
- Nutrition (20)
- Hygienic Design for the Food Manufacturer (20)
- New Product Development (20)
- UK and EU Food Legislation (10)
- Meat and Fish Technology (10)
- Dairy Technology (10)
- Baking Technology (10)
- Confectionery Technology (10)

Please see the programme website for more information on how many credits are required for a Masters, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate - http://www.mscfoodtechnologyforindustry.org.uk/

Learning & Teaching

This course is delivered online via Moodle software incorporating software such as Google+, Adobe Connect and Adobe Presenter. Students enrol on one module at a time and complete that module before moving on to the next. In this way, students accumulate credit towards their chosen programme.

Each module is divided into a number of sessions in order to facilitate student self-study and has a module leader who should be the first point of contact in respect of any queries that the student might have.

Assessment

This is a distance learning programme and the approaches place a strong emphasis on application of theoretical structure to real problems and situations. To reflect the applied nature of study, teaching and assessment will focus on case studies, exercises and scenarios reflecting actual issues in food companies in which the students are located.

For each module, students complete a number of Patchwork assessments which together build to enable to student to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the programme.

Employability & Careers

The programme provides the potential for current and aspiring technical and NPD staff including QAs and technologists in the industry to expand their knowledge and skills in areas they would like to move into as a career progression within a larger company or perhaps providing a smaller company with much needed development for a successful and certain future.

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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This programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge and expertise to undertake technical and production management roles in the globally important agri-food sector. Read more

Introduction

This programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills, knowledge and expertise to undertake technical and production management roles in the globally important agri-food sector.

The agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change and health and well-being.

Students will have the opportunity to study areas such as advanced crop science, advanced food manufacturing, new product and process development, food safety & technical management, as well as commercial, operational, supply chain and agile management.

Students will also have access to industry-relevant specialist technologies and new equipment at both the University of Lincoln’s food and agricultural campuses, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach, and at Riseholme Park. The costs of this travel will be covered by the University.

There will be the chance to undertake a research project either in industry or academia, which provides an opportunity to apply new knowledge in a real-life setting. This will also allow students the opportunity to make invaluable contacts with potential employers prior to completing the course.

Lincoln’s research in agriculture, veterinary and food science is internationally acclaimed. It is rated among the best in the UK for quality

How You Study

This MSc is intentionally wide ranging, in order to best prepare students for opportunities across this broad and fast moving environment. This programme acknowledges that in order to optimise performance and best assure/control the food products in the agri-food supply chain, it is being increasingly recognised that a holistic, all encompassing, farm-to-fork supply chain focus is required.

Programme Modules:

- Introduction to Agri-Food Systems
- Advanced Crop Science
- Commercial and Operational Management
- Supply Chain and Agile Management
- Agri-Food Robotics
- Food Safety & Technical Management
- Advanced Food Manufacturing
- New Product and Process Development
- Research Project

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual modules and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All applicants meeting the initial academic requirements for this course are required to undertake an interview with academic staff before a decision concerning the offer of a place can be made. It is expected that applicants will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in agriculture and all aspects of the farm-to-fork process.

In order to make this process available to all applicants, we utilise Skype as the prefered medium for those applicants who are not able to travel to Lincoln prior to the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a related discipline.

We will consider applicants from non-related degrees, with relevant experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Ramana Sundara

+44 (0) 1522837958

Enquiries:

+44 (0)1522 886644

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Develop knowledge of the application of science and technology to the provision of safe and quality food. Gain the ability to apply and maintain quality systems that meet international expectations. Read more
  • Develop knowledge of the application of science and technology to the provision of safe and quality food
  • Gain the ability to apply and maintain quality systems that meet international expectations
  • Join a Department with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • Benefit from a well-equipped building and training opportunities for further research on graduation

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Food control management
  • Food safety and microbiology
  • Food processing
  • Risk analysis in the food chain
  • Sensory properties of foods

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

The safety, quality and nutritional properties of the food reaching consumers depends upon an understanding of science and technology. 

You will gain the knowledge required to embark on a career within a range of organisations, including multinational food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, major retail chains and smaller companies supplying niche markets. Alternatively, you could go on to study for a PhD.

Recent examples of jobs obtained by our graduates have included: Process Technologist with Pepsico International, Quality Executive with Agro Tech Foods, New Product Developer with Bakkavor, Food Technologist with Tesco and Research and Development Technologist with Kerry Ingredients and Flavours.



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This programme provides advanced academic training in food safety and food control. It includes topics such as food control, hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) and food chain security. Read more

This programme provides advanced academic training in food safety and food control. It includes topics such as food control, hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) and food chain security.

You will consider the relationship between food and public health, and examine the scientific, technical, managerial, political and legislative factors that influence food safety.

Course details

This programme provides advanced academic training in food safety and food control. You will consider the relationship between food and public health, and examine the scientific, technical, managerial, political and legislative factors that influence food safety.

The course is particularly suitable for those with relevant food related knowledge and/or experience including:

  • Hygiene managers or supervisors already working in the food industry
  • Staff working in competent authorities or enforcement; for example, Environmental Health Officers or Food Safety Officers
  • Staff in diagnostic or food microbiology laboratories
  • Students who have completed relevant undergraduate degrees such as Food Technology and wish to find employment in the food industry or local government
  • Food hygiene and management trainers or consultants

Programme content

The syllabus includes detailed coverage of food safety hazards, especially microbial contamination, and the impact of such contamination on public health. Also covered in depth are the Food Controls used in the EU to contain such hazards.

This postgraduate programme is designed to provide rigorous academic training in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management.

It provides an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation of the relationship between food and public health by focusing on the factors that influence food safety and quality. These are multidisciplinary and include scientific, technical, managerial, political and legislative matters. Topics covered include:

Food Safety

Access to safe food should be a basic human right. Unfortunately food borne illness is universal. Changing methods of food production and the globalisation of the food chain increase the risk that food borne contaminants will cause larger and more serious outbreaks, as well as providing opportunities for emerging pathogens.

The MSc in Food Safety Hygiene and Management differs from other postgraduate food courses in that it focuses on the mechanisms of Food Control and Food Safety Management. All Food Control and Safety Systems seek to prevent food safety hazards from causing illness; microbiological hazards are considered to be some of the most significant food safety hazards in the food chain and the content of the course reflects this viewpoint. 

Food Control

One of the main mechanisms of Food Control is the implementation of food hygiene and food standards legislation. Together with the relevant food microbiology, this legislation forms the basis of the course, underpinning the study of processes and management systems commonly used by industry and the competent authorities.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

The course also covers HACCP, Risk Assessment, Quality Assurance, Integrated Pest Management, premises and equipment design and other aspects of control in a national and international context. The research projects conducted by the students as part of the MSc reflect these priorities and may be laboratory or practice based.

Food Chain Security

The emphasis on implementation and enforcement of legislation and safety standards is a novel approach and, by offering a comprehensive picture of food chain security, provides progression for those from undergraduate degrees such as food technology, veterinary medicine or microbiology. This legal perspective qualifies successful candidates to work in enforcement or advisory positions for UK competent authorities such as the Food Authority (Local Authority). The course is accredited by the Environmental Health Registration Board.

The legislation considered is EC based and the course welcomes many students from other member states, some of whom return home to work in their own Competent Authorities or to represent their country on specialist food committees at national, EU and international level. Several have also taken up lectureships in food safety. The course has also become increasingly popular with overseas students, especially those from countries wishing to accede to the EU or to trade with it.

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Learning and teaching

Learning, teaching and assessment

Various learning and teaching methods are used on the programme, including traditional lectures, computer-based learning, student-based learning such as case studies and directed learning, laboratories and visits. The programme is assessed using both traditional unseen examination and coursework. The MSc requires candidates to complete a research project and submit a thesis.

Skills gained

Apart from a high level of technical knowledge, students will also gain the ability to critically analyse data and published information, apply scientific principles and legislation to practical situations and become experienced at locating and interpreting government guidance. Successful candidates will also develop an advanced understanding of common food safety management systems such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

Careers

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health /Environmental Health Registration Board as a route to the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection and therefore very appropriate for anyone wishing to work as a food premises officer in a food authority or competent authority. Past students have found work in a variety of areas, including NGOs, competent authorities in the UK and overseas, academic institutions and the food industry.



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Goal of the pro­gramme. Read more

Goal of the pro­gramme

Do you want to have an impact on what people will eat in the future? Would you like to know what makes food taste good, due to the raw materials and processing technologies? Do you want to know how we could improve the healthiness, safety, ecology and ethics of food and food processing? Are you interested in exploring innovations in food, such as "pulled oats" or using insects as food? If you answered yes, enrol in Food Sciences master’s programme.

The food industry is the 4th most important employer both in Finland and internationally. This industry is constantly looking for experts to solve new problems. With a Master’s degree in Food Sciences you could embark on a career in the food industry; in a food, agricultural or environmental control laboratory; as a teacher, researcher, or self-employed entrepreneur; or as an expert in government ministries or other expert organisations.

As a master in Food Sciences you will be able to help the food industry develop and renew itself, since you will possess know-how on:

  • Raw materials and processes, including their theoretical basics
  • Different food constituents and their impact on food quality
  • Factors that ensure good quality and food safety

You can enrol in the Food Sciences masters' programme if you hold a bachelors' degree in Food Sciences or in Molecular Biosciences. You can also apply to the programme if you have a bachelors' degree in a related area of the natural sciences from a Finnish or foreign university, or if you have a degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences within food sciences or other related areas of the natural sciences.

Your studies in the Food Sciences masters' programme will offer you a broad education covering courses in the composition and processing of food, in the structures and chemical reactions of food proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, and in food legislation and the safety of food additives.

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.

Pro­gramme con­tents

Food Sciences on the Viikki campus is a nationally unique programme that covers the whole food production chain from primary production via food processing to consumers. Food Sciences is an internationally appreciated field of education: food research at the University of Helsinki has been highly ranked.

Your masters' studies in food sciences will enable you to make an impact on the the creation of innovative solutions for the whole chain of food production. You will:

  • Study the theory and applications of the broad area of food sciences in lecture courses and in group work 
  • Increase your knowledge of food composition, processing, structure, and legislation
  • Deepen your knowledge of how the reactions of different food components, production processes and packaging affect the structure, sensory quality, healthiness and safety of animal and plant based foods
  • Learn laboratory working skills
  • Acquire employment skills for example by training in the food industry

Se­lec­tion of the study track

You can affect the sort of expertise you would like to gain. You can tailor your Master’s degree by choosing special studies in food chemistry, food technology, and in the science and technology relating to meat, dairy and cereals.

You can also complement your expertise in food sciences with, for example, studies in food development, food safety, food research and analysis, economics, marketing, sustainable food production, microbiology, biotechnology or nutrition.



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The Higher Diploma in Food Science and Technology will provide you with an excellent education in various aspects of food science, food technology and food microbiology. Read more
The Higher Diploma in Food Science and Technology will provide you with an excellent education in various aspects of food science, food technology and food microbiology.

Subjects that you will cover during the course include:

- food proteins
- food fats
- food macromolecules
- sensory science
- food packaging
- food processing and preservation
- food microbiology

UCC has a 100-year history of teaching and research in the food sciences and is currently one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary education and research institutions. You will be taught by world-class academics who work in all aspects of food science.

Our first-rate facilities include extensive and well-equipped laboratories and a large pilot plant with excellent dairy, meat and bakery facilities, in addition to a unique pilot-scale brewery.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/cko06/

Course Details

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

- apply the principles of food chemistry and technology and food microbiology to food systems
- demonstrate an ability to perform selected techniques in food analysis
- develop the capacity to undertake lifelong learning
- communicate effectively with the food industry and with society at large.

Format

The course is one year full time, or two years part time.

Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:
FS3002 Chemistry of Food Proteins (5 credits)
FS3003 Chemistry and Technology of Oils and Fats (5 credits)
FS3004 Sensory Analysis, Flavour and Colour (5 credits)
FS3005 Macromolecules and Rheology (5 credits)
FS3006 Food Processing and Preservation (10 credits)
FS3007 Dairy Product Technology (5 credits)
FS3008 Fundamentals of Food Packaging (5 credits)
FS3012 Library Project (10 credits)
MB3003 Food and Industrial Microbiology I (5 credits)
MB3014 Food and Industrial Microbiology II (5 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is principally by end-of-semester written examinations. There are also some elements of continuous assessment.

Careers

On successful completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation in food science. You will also understand the principles and practical application of the processing and preservation technologies used in the food industry. You can use your knowledge as a basis for further study or for employment in food-related industries.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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The food industry is experiencing a skills gap in technical and product development roles, while also taking a leading role in driving a public health agenda and producing safe, tasty food which meet our nutritional needs. Read more

The food industry is experiencing a skills gap in technical and product development roles, while also taking a leading role in driving a public health agenda and producing safe, tasty food which meet our nutritional needs.

This course prepares you for technical and product development roles in the food industry with a strong emphasis on nutrition. It is aimed at students with a background in food science, nutrition, health and wellbeing, exercise science or biological sciences who wish to specialise in food and nutrition and acquire an in-depth understanding of how to apply nutrition principles to food product development and production.

You learn about food production and nutrition in an applied setting, developing core technical skills in our state of the art development kitchens, food and nutrition labs and sensory suite. You apply those practical skills to live briefs with commercial applications provided by our industrial partners such as Morrisons and Cranswick plc.

The course is based on three key strands:

  • a food strand in which you learn about food composition, food legislation and regulations and labelling, product development, food quality management and food technology.
  • a nutrition strand in which you learn about how we metabolise food, our nutritional needs and the impact of nutrition on health and diseases throughout the life cycle.
  • a professional and academic skills development strand in which you apply your learning to both academic research and commercial briefs.

Examples of academic research and commercial projects you work on include developing tasty healthy alternatives, understanding the impact of food labelling on consumer liking, developing a food product for a major food retailer partner (brief varies) or supporting local SMEs with food quality assurance systems. 

Course structure

Full-time without work placement – 12 months

Full-time with work placement – 18 to 24 months

Part time – 12 to 24 months

Core modules

  • developing food concepts and products (30 credits)
  • food processing safety and quality management (15 credits)
  • food chain (15 credits)
  • life-course approach to nutrition (30 credits)
  • nutritional physiology and biochemistry (15 credits)
  • work related learning (15 credits)
  • research methods (15 credits)
  • dissertation (45 credits)

Assessment

  • poster presentation
  • laboratory reports
  • literature reviews
  • product development portfolio
  • technical reports
  • examinations
  • dissertation

Employability

As a graduate from this course, career opportunities include:

  • food product development – in these roles, you liaise with other functions (marketing, technical, chefs) to develop new attractive products meeting specific briefs.
  • nutrition in the food industry – you may inform briefs to develop products which meet specific nutritional requirements or assess the nutritional quality of existing product ranges.
  • food labelling and food regulation – consumers make informed choices about their food consumption based on the information, such as health and nutrition claims, provided on food packages. These are often regulated. You design the food labelling and nutritional information in accordance to current regulations.
  • procurement and food supplier management – you interact and liaise with suppliers to ensure a safe, sustainable, and ethical food chain.
  • food quality management – you work on any aspect of quality assurance, quality control and management systems to ensure that food safety, the number one priority of the food industry, is not compromised.


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​The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and practitioners in a range of sectors. The programme combines theoretical studies and practical elements, which can be applied in the modern food processing and management. Read more

Course Overview

​The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and practitioners in a range of sectors. The programme combines theoretical studies and practical elements, which can be applied in the modern food processing and management.

The overall aim of this programme is to provide a high quality and professionally relevant curriculum, which will develop graduates with scientific and technical knowledge in the field of food science and technology.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Food-Science-and-Technology---MSc-PgD.aspx

​Course Content​​

There are two main pathways for this MSc, one focuses on Food Safety & Technology, the other on Food Production Management

The structure of the assessment programme will allow students to focus on issues relevant to their interest.

The Cardiff School of Health Sciences, which teaches this course, also houses The Food Industry Centre. This is both a research and practice based centre supporting the activities of the food industry throughout the UK, especially in Wales.

Modules offered as a guide:
- Technology & Quality Policy (taught only for Food Production Management pathway)
- Biochemistry & Food Analysis (taught only for the Food Safety & Technology pathway)
- The modules below are taught in both pathways
- Food Technology & Biotechnology
- Applied Research Methods & Design
- Independent Study
- Sustainable Food Issues
- Food Safety Management
- Food Quality Management & Quality Assurance
- Food Product Conformity & Labelling
- Dissertation:
A written dissertation is based on a project chosen by the candidates to reflect their interest in a specific field. This is coordinated through the programme director and an academic member of staff is assigned to supervise the student for a successful conclusion of the project. ​

Learning & Teaching​

​Lectures are seen as opportunities for imparting key information and pointing students in a particular direction for further study. They are also intended to be interactive and debate is encouraged. Lectures are complemented by seminar sessions as a means of helping students to develop analytical and critical appraisal skills.
Students will be given an opportunity to discuss their choice of pathway with the Programme Director. This consultation and advice is given during the induction period and the first two weeks of the start of the autumn term.

There is a strong emphasis on applying the theoretical frameworks to problem solving which reflects the applied nature of the programme especially through practical sessions. ​

Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used. These include closed (or open) book examination, written assignments/ essays, practical report plus a dissertation on a chosen research topic for the MSc.

Employability & Careers​

The programme provides the potential for graduates to progress within the food industry, undertake research in food science and technology or nutrition, or to work in other areas of Food safety and quality management.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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