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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Food Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    New UK/EU students: £8,620 per year
    New international students: £19,230 per year

    Please note
    The fees listed are for full-time study, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year.

  • Last Updated

    18 February 2019

Course content

Our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance programme offers you detailed knowledge about the application of science and technology to the provision of safe food that meets quality and legal requirements. 

You will graduate with the ability to apply and maintain advanced quality assurance systems that meet UK and international expectations, along with an understanding of the chemical, biological and physical principles involved in food processing and storage.

Our Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is a global player in food and health research. 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014 – Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science). Our research strives to improve the quality and nutrition of food that will deliver real benefits for society.  Examples include the development of prebiotics and probiotics, the evaluation of the health impact of functional food ingredients, the study of flavour chemistry and the quality assessment of food processing methods. Read more about our department.

With access to our extensive laboratories, including our pilot plant and food processing centre – with almost 1100mof floor space devoted to approximately £4million worth of equipment – and sensory science centre, you will gain comprehensive practical experience through practicals and research projects.

What will you study?

Modules in the autumn and spring terms will build on prior learning and cover quality assurance, food chemistry, food analysis and food processing. Case studies and project work will focus on current issues that are impacting the food sector.  The summer term will culminate in a research project that can be conducted at the University or with one of our industrial partners.

Sample modules:

  • Microbes, Food Safety and Health
  • Food Manufacturing and Process Design
  • Food Composition and Quality
  • Food Product Reformulation
  • Food Control Management
  • Risk Analysis in the Food Chain
  • Research Skills and Professional Development
  • Research Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

An MSc degree in Food Technology - Quality Assurance provides a strong platform from which to undertake a wide range careers, particularly relating to food in industry, government and education. Food technologists are highly valued for their problem-solving skills and ability to apply technical knowledge, ensuring the safety and quality of food in production, manufacture and distribution. Some students apply their research skills to pursue a higher degree through research and development in industry.

What our students say

Read Liwen's story - recent graduate of our Food Technology - Quality Assurance MSc.

Visit the Food Technology - Quality Assurance MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!





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