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Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

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 course will also allow you to challenge current issues in food production and issues arising from food safety.

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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.


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Frances Hyde

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?
I completed my undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2011 and having been working since; I decided that this was the time to return to education to learn more about practical applications of science in the food industry. I decided to study at the University of Leeds because of its great reputation as part of the Russell Group. The university is research insensitive which is a great benefit as the academics at the university are involved in current research and this is seen in the content of lectures. The School of Food Science and Nutrition is very highly regarded. It was recently voted 2nd for Food Science in the Guardian league tables. The University also has great sporting facilities at The Edge and has lots of societies and sports to get involved with. Lots of the societies at the university run 'Give it a Go' activities which are a great way to try something new without committing or paying upfront.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
Everyone in the school of Food Science and Nutrition is very friendly and very supportive. The master's courses in the School of Food Science and Nutrition attracts students from across the world so I have had the opportunity to meet and work with people from different cultures.
I have been part of the Irish Dancing Society and my favourite part of that was taking part in the dance shows at the union which was held over 3 nights. This has been a great opportunity to meet new people and helped build my confidence by performing!

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
On the course, I have had opportunities to work with different groups for different projects which has helped develop my team working and communication skills by working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
There has also been the opportunity to complete different assessed tasks including both individual and group presentations and written work including lab reports and scientific papers. The chance to enhance my presentation and scientific writing skills has been beneficial and will definitely help me in the future.

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