Food Science (Food Biotechnology) - MSc

University of Leeds    School of Food Science and Nutrition

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Our Food Science (Food Biotechnology) MSc engages with issues at the very forefront of modern food production. Not only will you advance your knowledge of crucial areas within food science, health and sustainability, but you’ll also explore the origins of biotechnology, the legislation and social issues related to biotechnology in food and modern bioanalytical methods in biotechnology and food safety.

You’ll study in our School of Food Science and Nutrition at Leeds, which is home to world-leading research that has impacted key areas in the food industry. This research directly informs this MSc programme, meaning you’ll be learning the latest innovations and practices in food science from researchers and academics who work within the School’s research institutes and groups.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (Hons) in a subject containing biology and chemistry content.

All key modules should also have strong grades (none below 2:2 UK equivalent). Please check your marks using international equivalent qualifications. We will ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript.

Food related industry and/or research experience is welcomed, but not essential, and can also be considered alongside a relevant science degree.


UK: £13,500 (Total)
International: £32,000 (Total)

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Ritika Parashar

What course are you studying?

I am studying MSc Food Science (Food Biotechnology).

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?

University of Leeds is one of the most reputed Universities internationally and is known for its quality education and level of researches. Its global ranking and skill based teaching at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition made me opt for University of Leeds.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?

Food Science and Food Biotechnology is a very promising and innovative field which requires broad spectrum thinking and thorough scientific and practical knowledge. The food industry is one of the never dying and highly profitable industry globally. With increasing population and need for providing accessible highly nutritious food for different target groups is high in demand. Studying MSc Food Science (Food Biotechnology) gives us an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of Food Science along with modern day biotechnological techniques and their real life implementation in Food industry. Studying this course at University of Leeds provides me an opportunity to gain this knowledge from the experts that not only provide scientific knowledge but also prepare us as a whole for the industry with enhanced industrial skills and practical knowledge.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

I have written a few Review papers and one Research paper as a part of the curriculum. The laboratory sessions have increased my knowledge and better understanding of real life industrial set ups and experiments performed. I would be performing my research project June onwards on a very interesting topic related to lipid encapsulation and Nutraceuticals.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

University of Leeds is one of the finest and recognised Universities of the UK and Internationally. This course is perfect for any individual interested in gaining in depth knowledge and its practical application in Food Science and Biotechnology. A large list of reputed future prospects like setting up your own industry or working at an established food industry as a scientist, researcher, manager, New product developer, quality analyst, etc. are open after this interesting course.


Year of entry: 2023-24

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee reduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

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