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Overview

With the advancement of food technology, food manufacture has allowed for enhanced food quality, improved food safety and increasingly competitive options for consumers. Developments in food production have also given way to consideration of the impact on food safety.

Our Food Science MSc will provide you with a broad knowledge of food science focusing on chemistry and biochemistry, whilst giving you the necessary background understanding of physics, mathematics, and biology to excel in this field. You will develop the ability to apply fundamental scientific concepts to understand and manipulate the complex characteristics of foods. The programme will also allow you to challenge current issues in food production and issues arising from food safety.

Course content

Throughout the programme you will analyse and critically appraise complex factors, including sociological and ethical issues that influence the range, quality and acceptability of foods produced in an industrialised society.

Through a combination of practical laboratory classes and lectures underpinning scientific theory and knowledge, you will gain the ability to integrate scientific knowledge with an understanding of food technology.

In the final months of your programme, you will have the opportunity to focus your studies in areas of particular interest to you through your research project, which will be influenced by current research thinking within the field. The research project will also help you to develop the personal skills you will need to communicate effectively in future professional activities such as presentations.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Food Science MSc in the course catalogue

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Physical Aspects of Food
  • Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety
  • Food Processing
  • Research Project
  • Colloid and Dairy Science
  • Structure and Function of Food Components
  • Food Analysis
  • Professional Development for Employment and Research
  • Food Quality Assurance and Control

Learning and teaching

Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable you to study at your own pace and in your own time, to enhance and extend the material taught formally.

The School boasts a wide range of specialist facilities and has recently invested in brand new laboratories.

Assessment

Assessment is by course work and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants 31 August 2019

International applicants 31 July 2019

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This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need for the application process:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Copy of passport (if applicable)
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Letter of sponsorship (if applicable)
  • Details of two referees who have knowledge of your academic and/or professional ability
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)

It may help your application if you include a personal statement and CV.Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £10,500 (total)
  • International: £24,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Food Science and Nutrition offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the School go into careers in research, in the food industry, into regulatory and public bodies across the world, backed by the confidence and skills gained from studying at one of the leading schools of food science and nutrition internationally.

Here is an example of some of the roles recent graduates are now in:

  • Quality Standards Technologist, Britvic Soft Drinks
  • Food Quality Inspector, Newsholme Food Group
  • Senior Food Technologist, Amy's Kitchen
  • Scientist - Beverage and Sweet, Kerry Asia Pacific
  • Quality Assurance Manager, Indian Foodtech Ltd.
  • Development Technologist, Premier Foods
  • Food Scientist, Newly Weds Food
  • Product Developer, CP Foods UK
  • Product Designer, ASDA
  • Product Technologist, Nestle



Visit the Food Science MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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