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There is a growing awareness of the important roles played by functional foods and components in the prevention of chronic diseases across many national and international jurisdictions. Read more
There is a growing awareness of the important roles played by functional foods and components in the prevention of chronic diseases across many national and international jurisdictions. A major aim of the postgraduate course in nutraceuticals, functional foods and supplements is to provide reliable and impartial appraisal of scientific and technological developments in the sector. The course is aimed at those interested in the relations between food, nutrition and health, including health and allied professionals, the food industry and the general public.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/nutraceuticals-functional-foods-and-supplements-12832

Course detail

- Description -

Candidates enrolled for the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods and Supplements take 60 credit points of modules. Students wishing to proceed towards the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) take a total of 120 credit points of modules. After succeeding with all of the taught modules, candidates may chose to progress to the MSc (180 credit points) by completing an approved research project.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The e-teaching is based on a virtual classroom model involving diverse activities online including; lectures, presentations, set reading. Students have opportunities to participate in discussion group, collaborative learning, coursework, and independent work. Masters students will complete a dissertation based on research according to their circumstances and supervisors expertise.

Assessment methods include presentations, reports, essays, quizzes, moderated on-line discussions and (for MSc) a written project report and supervisors comments.

- Work placement / study abroad -

The course is fully distance learning. Candidates taking the MSc must either arrange appropriate laboratory access at their location or can come to undertake their project at the Coleraine campus.

Career options

Successful completion of this course should enhance employment prospects within the functional foods, and general food and health sector from food manufacture to retail and legislation. The skills base is relevant also for nutritionists, dieticians, and members of pharmaceutical professions, Government services, teachers, Universities, higher education institutions, as well as independent or private laboratories. Graduates are expected to develop professional competencies related to either research and development, quality control, analysis, education or training. The course will benefit professionals charged with the maintenance and/ or promotion of public health. Elements from the course will be available in the short-course format, suitable for continuous professional development (CPD).

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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Algal Biotechnology is a new and rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources from one of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet. Read more
Algal Biotechnology is a new and rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources from one of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet.

Algae, and their natural products, are still relatively untapped. They have a huge range of potential applications globally including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biofuels, ethical cosmetics, novel enzymes, green fertilisers, green insecticides, bioremediation materials, and many more.

The aim of this biotechnology masters is to produce highly motivated scientists with the skills, knowledge and abilities to secure exciting careers in this rapidly expanding area of research and industry.

Special Features

• You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI in Oban and benefit from face-to-face tuition delivered by active biotechnology researchers.
• You will gain direct hands-on experience in this rapidly expanding field and be given the opportunity to engage with industry experts.
• The extended research project will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of a particular area of interest.


As a fundamental part of advancing your research and employability skills, you will be given an opportunity to develop:

Practical laboratory and analytical skills
Project and financial management
Research writing and presentation
Public engagement and knowledge exchange
To achieve the award of Masters by Research you must complete a research project and dissertation.


This course is available at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, PA37 1QA


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

Please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Guelph houses one of the leading Food Science Departments within Canada and is recognized throughout the world. When one is asked to describe Food Science the thoughts of cooking comes to mind although in reality the subject is a combination of all the pure sciences. Read more
Guelph houses one of the leading Food Science Departments within Canada and is recognized throughout the world. When one is asked to describe Food Science the thoughts of cooking comes to mind although in reality the subject is a combination of all the pure sciences. Indeed, a Food Scientist acquires knowledge of microbiology, sensory analysis, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and engineering. The essential role of a Food Scientist is focused on how to enhance the quality, safety, functionality and nutrition of foods.

This is reflective in the research performed within the Department of Food Science at Guelph. For example, food safety research is directed towards studying approaches to prevent, detect or decontaminate foods. Food preservation methods are researched that encompass processing technologies and packaging innovations. The application of science to improve the quality of dairy products, chocolate, ice cream, cereals and meat are also studied. Research into methods of food analysis and sensory science as well as studies around nutraceuticals and functional foods are high profile research areas. The Department has 15 faculty that includes Industrial and Canadian Research Chairs who are recognized as experts in their respective fields.

What does an MSc in Food Science involve?

As a graduate student within the University of Guelph you will be advised by one Faculty within the Department and supported by an advisory committee made up of two or more Faculty members.

The Department has a collegial atmosphere that enhances your learning experience through gaining experience of different disciplines. To support your studies, faculty may offer a stipend and you will have the opportunity to apply for teaching assistant positions, in addition to applying for fellowships, scholarships and travel grants.

Careers in Food Science

At the end of your graduate studies you will have a diverse range of job opportunities by the virtue of the multi-disciplined nature of
Food Science. Over 94% of graduates from Guelph have found employment in such areas of Government, Industry or Academia.

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