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Course Content

Course content

The international food supply industry requires high calibre graduates with an understanding of how food can be preserved throughout the distribution chain to ensure the supply of safe, wholesome food. Research has identified that food business priorities focus on increasing marketing, developing new products and investing in new machinery. This course prepares you for a career within the food sector, specialising in food product development, food consumer marketing or retailing roles.

The course is designed to ensure you graduate ready to help food businesses develop. As the food industry grows worldwide, so does the need for staff who demonstrate functional knowledge and skills in combination with managerial and leadership capability. Food organisations need well qualified managers to develop, commercialise and deliver their products to the marketplace efficiently and effectively. This course gives you the skills and experience to meet this need.

You build your knowledge of food processing and safety, product development, marketing and the food chain. You also have opportunities to develop managerial skills, practical skills and behaviour change theories relevant to the food sector.

The work-related learning module gives you a valuable insight into the roles of process or product development technologists, or product account technologists, and the importance of continuing professional development. It also allows you to practically apply the skills you learn during the course.

The placement is an additional opportunity for you to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. You are supported in securing a placement through a series of employability workshops offered by specialist academic staff. There is also a dedicated postgraduate placement team who manage placement opportunities.

The course is designed around the principles of

  • student experience – through specific subject focused course modules
  • business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and industry mentor scheme
  • flexibility – through module choice and the bespoke work-related learning module

Course structure

Postgraduate certificate modules

  • Business and management strategy (30 credits)
  • Developing food concepts and products (30 credits)

Postgraduate diploma modules

  • Food chain (15 credits)
  • Food marketing (15 credits)
  • Food processing safety and quality management (15 credits)
  • Work-related learning (15 credits)

MSc modules

  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits)


Assessments include

  • individual and group coursework
  • essays
  • reports
  • seen and unseen exams
  • portfolio of evidence
  • dissertation.


This course gives you the specialist skills and knowledge to develop career opportunities in • food product and process development • food consumer and market research • food merchandising and marketing • consumer insight • food safety and quality management • food innovation.

You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.

Visit the Food Consumer Marketing and Product Development MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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