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Teesside University Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences

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Food and drink manufacturing is vital to the UK economy. It is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing 15% of the entire manufacturing workforce. Read more

Food and drink manufacturing is vital to the UK economy. It is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing 15% of the entire manufacturing workforce.

Course details

Food and drink manufacturing companies make up 7% of all manufacturing businesses, and they buy two thirds of all the UK's agricultural produce. Food producers must address environmental concerns, social responsibility and economic viability when designing sustainable food processing techniques. Sustainable food processing is all about finding new ways of meeting present needs without compromising future viability in constantly changing economic and environmental conditions. 

This is not just a corporate social responsibility issue but directly relates to efficiency, cost-saving and profitability and so the food industry must increasingly embrace sustainable food processing to succeed. The global food and agricultural biotechnology research base and product development pipeline, including genetically modified seeds, is expanding at a rapid rate as a direct response to the global food security challenge. 

This innovative and topical programme is ideal for graduates new to this dynamic and exciting sector. It's also particularly suitable if you're seeking career enhancement by studying food science and biotechnology at master’s level. The programme will be of particular interest to graduates with an interest in developing knowledge and skills in subjects such as food biotechnology, food safety management and analytical techniques currently used in the food industry. It is also suitable if you already work in the industry and wish to develop your skills in these areas.

Teesside University’s School of Science & Engineering is highly praised for the links it maintains with local and national industries and businesses such as Marlow Foods (Quorn), SK Chilled Foods and Sainsbury’s. The commitment of the School to integrate with industry in the Tees Valley and beyond is reflected in the School’s record of producing employment-ready problem solvers and innovators. This postgraduate programme embeds key transferable skills through visits to industry and talks by industry speakers. 

You may also be interested in our MSc Food Processing Engineering.

What you study

For the postgraduate diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

This programme develops comprehensive knowledge and understanding of food science and bioprocessing in the 21st century. As such it focuses on food production and processing, biotechnology and sustainability alongside food quality and supply chain management. You also have the option to explore food product development and enterprise, food microbiology and safety, or project management in great depth depending on your interest or desired career choice.

You are encouraged to take a voluntary placement within local industry to conduct real-world research projects. 

Course structure

Core modules

  • Food Biotechnology
  • Food Chemistry Composition and Analysis
  • Food Product Design and Manufacturing Process Development
  • Food Safety Engineering and Management

MSc only

  • Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Making the transition to postgraduate-level study can be challenging. Support with making this transition is seen as an important element of this programme. 

Support is provided during the programme induction and within the module, Food Product Design and Manufacturing Processes. This support is designed to help you understand the requirements of academic study at postgraduate level, to enhance your skills in academic writing and referencing, and to help you develop the skills necessary to operate professionally, safely and ethically in planning and implementing a master’s-level research project.

By including work-based problem-solving projects and case study exercises this programme emphasises real-world working. This helps to blend theory and knowledge in the context of business, allowing you to develop the skills employers are seeking to set you on a successful career path. 

A significant feature of the programme is the inclusion of blended learning to provide a rich and varied learning experience. This also provides additional flexibility if you are in employment.

On campus you have access to a dedicated food product development laboratory and a pilot-scale processing equipment facility, allowing you to gain valuable hands-on experience of food processing and product development. Fully equipped microbiological and chemical analysis laboratories enable you to undertake a series of relevant practical investigative projects, through which you explore a range of ingredients and food products.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition through formative and summative assessment. 

Assessment may include:

• examinations

• oral presentations

• technical interviews

• technical reports

• laboratory reports 

• literature surveys, evaluations and summaries

• dissertation or thesis (MSc only).

You are presented with an assessment schedule providing details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.

Employability

Career opportunities

Food and drink manufacturing is vital to the UK economy. It is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing 15% of the entire manufacturing workforce. Food and drink manufacturing companies make up 7% of all manufacturing businesses, and they buy two thirds of all the UK’s agricultural produce. The industry generates 18% of total manufacturing turnover. 

To meet the demands of this dynamic sector, the food industry needs to recruit more than 49,000 new skilled professionals and managers by 2022 which is great news for the next generation of talent wanting to study toward a rewarding career in a dynamic and highly innovative sector (The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink). 

Graduates can seek jobs in many areas in the food sector including:

• food analysis 

• new product development 

• quality management and food safety management

• food production management 

• technical management.

Work placement

There may be short-term placement opportunities for some students, particularly during the project phase of the course.



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This course is designed to prepare you for playing a leading role in the growth areas of sport and exercise. It stresses the relationship between theory and its professional application, and aims to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a range of sport and exercise disciplines. Read more

This course is designed to prepare you for playing a leading role in the growth areas of sport and exercise. It stresses the relationship between theory and its professional application, and aims to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a range of sport and exercise disciplines.

Course details

You will be encouraged to develop your own programme of study by selecting topics within modules that have particular relevance to your professional, academic and personal goals. The programme is designed to allow you to focus on your particular discipline interest(s). You will be required to attend University one day per week (Monday) in semesters 1 and 2. Attendance in semester 3 is more flexible and is negotiated between you and your research project supervisor.

What you study

Teaching is informed and underpinned by current research, which can be categorised broadly into five groups: exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology, strength and conditioning, and sociology of sport.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Applied Laboratory and Field Skills
  • Development of the Sport and Exercise Specialist
  • Sport and Exercise Research Project
  • Student Independent Learning
  • Understanding Research in Sport and Exercise Science

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You develop the necessary comprehension and critical understanding of theories, techniques and methodologies appropriate to research and advanced scholarship using practical sessions, workshops, laboratories, tutorials, seminars and research projects.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods include assignments, data-based evaluation, presentations, laboratory reports, critical reviews, case study and other research reports, original research and examinations.

Employability

Graduates go on to varied careers, including sports management, coaching, consultancy, sports science or strength and conditioning support roles and academia.



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This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers and the Sports Therapy Organisation. It gives you a clear pathway towards a career in sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, health and exercise and related fields with eligibility to become a practicing member of both organisations. Read more

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers and the Sports Therapy Organisation. It gives you a clear pathway towards a career in sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, health and exercise and related fields with eligibility to become a practicing member of both organisations.

Course details

Using a problem-based learning and practical skills development approach, you will gain an advanced understanding of: assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of a range of health and sports related conditions and develop these skills through supervised clinical experience. You will explore evidence-based practice, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation combined with physiological, biomechanical and psychosocial factors, evaluating how they impact upon or are affected by health and exercise, sports injury, treatment and rehabilitation and you will apply your learning from these modules to conduct a self-initiated research project.

Professional accreditation

This course is the only one of its kind in the North of England to be accredited by the Sports Therapy Organisation and BASRaT.

What you study

Practical experience is an essential element of the programme and over the course of the programme you will attain 400 hours of supervised clinical experience in a range of settings. You will benefit from hands-on experience with local sports teams. Examples of prior experiences are with Darlington Rugby Club, Middlesbrough FC and Hartlepool FC, Aquatic Rehabilitation as well as University teams, the nearby MOD Infantry Training Centre and within gyms and University Massage and Sports Injury Clinics.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Advanced Inquiry in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Physiology for Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic Modalities

Year 2 core modules

  • Rehabilitation for Special Populations
  • Sport and Exercise Research Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

A wide variety of teaching strategies appropriate to each module is used, including formal lectures and tutorials, seminars, online learning, practical workshops, problem-based learning, work-based learning, guest speakers and student-led research projects.

You have the opportunity to develop continuing professional development throughout all modules on the programme. The delivery of modules is via blended learning, which uses a combination of face-to-face learning and online delivery. The modules have a site in the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard), which adheres as a minimum to the University’s Threshold Quality Standards.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods include assignments, critical review, presentations, portfolios and practical examinations.

These methods allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding and application of the relevant curriculum. Professional and key transferable skills are also developed through these assessments. You are required to undertake appropriate research, using the skills developed in the core modules and this provides the impetus for the development of your project proposal. The sport and exercise research project module gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialist area, selected by you, displaying an original and/or compelling study or review of that area. 

Employability

Typically graduates are employed as sports therapists and sports rehabilitators. However, you are also well prepared for employment in related areas including the health and fitness industry, sport development, research and sport science support.



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