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Food Technology - Quality Assurance - MSc

University of Reading Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

About the course

Learn the science behind providing safe food to the public with our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance degree.

On this course, you’ll work with expert academics from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences as you:

  • learn to apply and maintain advanced food quality assurance systems that meet both UK and international expectations
  • understand the chemical, biological and physical principles involved in food processing and storage
  • learn about quality and legal requirements in food provision.

As part of your studies, you will work in some of the UK’s largest dedicated food teaching facilities. These include:

  • Food Processing Centre. This pilot plant is unique to Reading. There is almost 1100m2 of floor space devoted to approximately £4m worth of equipment. Used primarily

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are typically required to have at least a lower second-class honours degree in a pure or applied science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning may be considered based on relevant work and other experience.

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Liwen Zheng studied as an undergraduate at Henan Technology University in China before transferring onto our BSc Food Technology with Bioprocessing course as part of the 2+2 programme. She enjoyed studying in the Department so much that she decided to stay on at Reading to study a master's degree.

"I wanted to stay at Reading because the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences has a high reputation in the food industry. I love the environment and facilities here, and I like the lecturers and the way they convey their knowledge. I found that the MSc Food Technology: Quality Assurance course could meet my requirement of gaining more practical knowledge."

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After studying environmental health, Ruth came to Reading to undertake a master's in Food Technology - Quality Assurance. She chose Reading because of its strong reputation in food and nutritional sciences. Her master's dissertation (for which she won a best-dissertation prize) was on communities of microbes, known as biofilms, and this led her to explore a PhD in this area.

"'I love the people and the atmosphere; it's a very friendly Department."

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