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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Food Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full Time: 12 months | Part Time: 24 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    25 March 2019

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 for teaching and learning, the plant contains processing equipment for food product development work. No other UK university offers what we do under one roof.
  • Flavour Centre. The Centre hosts facilities that enable you to gain comprehensive practical experience in taste and aroma analysis and flavour extraction.

We are proud of our research impact, 100% of which has been recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014 – Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science). As an MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance student, you will also have access to the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of food science and technology.

Gain valuable industry experience with MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance

Our MSc Food Technology – Quality Assurance is industry relevant, and the curriculum has been designed in consultation with industry. Designed to widen your skill set and boost employability, your case studies and project work will focus on current issues in the food sector. You will also complete a research project at the University or with one of our industry partners. This gives you the opportunity to embed your learning within, and gain exposure to, real life food technology working environments.

Build on your existing knowledge

This master’s course is for graduates of pure sciences – such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry and microbiology – or applied sciences. Examples of applied sciences degrees include:

  • Food science
  • Food engineering
  • Food technology
  • Human physiology
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Agricultural engineering

If you’re unsure whether your degree counts as an applied science, please contact us via reading.ac.uk/question.

Your studies will build on your existing scientific knowledge and cover quality assurance, food chemistry, food analysis, and food processing.

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • problem-based learning
  • laboratory classes

You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment.

You can attend this course on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time over two years.

What will you study?

The course structure of our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance supports your individual learning.

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

Careers for MSc Food Technology graduates

An MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance degree offers a wide range of career options.

Food technologists, for example, ensure the safety and quality of food in the production, manufacturing and distribution stages. They are highly valued for their problem-solving and technical skills.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in food in industry, government and education. The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. It’s responsible for adding £21.9bn to the gross value of the UK economy – and it needs new graduates to meet its recruitment needs.

Other graduates apply their research skills to pursue a higher degree through research and development in industry.

Read more about where our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance graduates are now

  • Liwen Zheng is confident that the skills and knowledge gained on her MSc will help to achieve her career goal — working in New Product Development within a food company.
  • Ruth Barnes is now completing her PhD at Reading. She is jointly funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and her industry partner, AgriCoat NatureSeal Ltd., as she tackles issues like food waste and food poisoning.

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