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Food Science MSc


Course Description

This degree focuses on food analysis and food microbiology as well as product development and quality control. You'll be taught by members of staff who are active within the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and are regularly involved in the food industry as expert consultants. You'll also learn from our food business development colleagues to gain experience in the industry through work placements.

About the course

This food science degree provides advanced study opportunities that build on your previous experience in an appropriate first degree course enabling the upgrade of existing qualifications, while also developing knowledge and skills.

The course team has particular expertise in food analysis, food microbiology and including food safety, spoilage and fermentations, product development and quality control, as well as an excellent understanding of food sustainability, food policy and nutrition.

This expertise is reflected in the range of modules offered in the MSc with analytical facilities available for study and research, and opportunities to be involved in food analysis, food product development and food manufacturing projects.

The Microbiology Research Unit team provides vital support and research topics for the dissertation element of the course and other staff members are involved in food manufacturing consultancy. London Metropolitan University has an excellent research profile, with food science staff publishing in highly rated journals and supervising PhD students appearing on radio and television as experts.

Read more on our website.

Assessment

The assessment strategy for this course not only assesses your knowledge, understanding and abilities but provides a wide range of experience particularly in key skill areas to prepare you for your future career in different areas of the food industry.

You'll gain experience in critical analysis, literature searches, poster presentations, data handling, and analysis and practical skills. Assessments comprise of written assignments, laboratory logs and poster presentations, and there are two exams. Students undertake a research project and submit a final dissertation that is defended in an oral exam.

Professional accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). Students are encouraged to join the IFST as associate members and to attend meetings or industrial visits that the Institute organises. They may transfer to full membership after graduation and a period of professional experience. Membership of IFST allows access to specialist publications, meetings and an international network of food scientists and technologists.

Modular structure

The full-time course consists of 30 weeks of taught modules, with part-time study following a similar pattern over two years. It is expected that the part-time format may be particularly attractive to employees wishing to extend their knowledge to a higher level, either by taking the whole course or selected modules. All modules are currently tailored to allow for two days of attendance with six core modules and the project module. You may take (subject to approval) the Industry Placement module to gain experience of the UK food industry.

Core modules:

Advanced Food Analysis
Food Microbiology and Safety
Food Product Development and Sensory Analysis
Advanced Food Processing
Food Safety and Quality Management
Scientific Research Methodology for Food Scientists
Food Science Research Dissertation

To qualify for the MSc award you'll need to carry out a research project and submit a dissertation. Students from industry taking the course on a part-time basis may be able to complete their dissertation at their place of employment, subject to satisfactory tutoring and supervision arrangements.

What our students say

“I am proud to have gone through London Metropolitan University and to have been taught by a faculty that was patient, knowledgeable, motivating and relentless in their support. Their insightful encouragement, infectious enthusiasm and zeal set the stage for me to obtain an MSc with Distinction in Food Science for which I am very pleased.” Rudolf Fombum

After the course

The food industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector and there is a massive demand for qualified professionals. The skills and knowledge developed in your MSc will enhance your career opportunities in food and related industries including manufacturing, product development, marketing, environmental health, consultancy, research or education. Graduates are also well prepared for research and for postgraduate study (PhD). Interview practice with industry support and CV development is also integrated into the course.

Our recent MSc graduates have gone on to join the following positions and companies:

food technologist – Haydens Bakery
technical legislation coordinator – United Biscuits
process development – Bakkavor
technical team member – Food Partners Group
quality control – Nestlé
nutritionist and quality analyst – Krush Global
business development manager – Kerry Group
consumer technologist – Wealmoor Ltd
microbiology technician – GlaxoSmithKline
confectionary development – Sainsbury’s
technical team manager – Nature’s Way Foods
lecturers and researchers – London Metropolitan University, Coventry University, Kyushu University, University of Trinidad and Tobago, University of Melbourne

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Food Science MSc page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ali Raid Baker

3083.jpg "I owe a large part of my success to London Met and the people I met there. Every experience I had at London Met, big and small, played a role in my story."

(Student Profile)

Sathya Maddasani

3161.jpg “I attained my first degree in Dairying in 2002 from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, India, learning a variety of research skills to aid my career in the food industry. The MSc at London Metropolitan University was an opportunity to integrate theoretical as well as practical knowledge and to upgrade my professional qualifications. I spent an enjoyable and worthwhile year at London Met. The food industry is a good area to be in, because people are never going to stop eating!

London Met is a large and successful UK university, located in the heart of London. I have found the quality of its teaching, research, supervision, well-equipped laboratories and infrastructure to be excellent. The friendly and supportive university staff is highly qualified and always ready to help in any way they can.

The course has had a direct impact on my employment with Arthur Branwell & Co Ltd., a company based in London dealing in gums and stabilisers (these are used in various food and pharmaceutical applications), who were specifically looking for a graduate from a reputed UK university with a food science background. I am responsible for the optimisation of current products, analysing the quality of each product and determining/recommending improvements to increase productivity at a reduced cost. The knowledge I have gained has enabled me to approach situations from a variety of angles, be it strategic, technical or research-oriented.”

(Student Profile)

Vandanna Prajapat

3163.jpg Vandanna is a research student in the Food Microbiology Unit in the Department of Health and Human Sciences.

“When I saw the advert in the New Scientist the research topic was exactly what I was looking for. My supervisor, Dr Jane Sutherland, is very renowned in the field and has given me good guidance.

The University has good facilities for doing this type of research. There is an extensive range of the specialist equipment needed and the technical staff provide invaluable support. The library is a good source of information – I can get hold of journals and papers which can be delivered if they’re not available.

People are generally very friendly and I’ve made friends in the unit. The staff and postgraduate students enjoy socialising together in the staff café. I like the diversity of London – there’s always something to do or somewhere new to go.

During my first year, I taught computing and have also taught food science. If available, teaching is a good break from research, and you get paid for it!”


(Scholarship)

GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Silver) - 3 Awards

This partial scholarship will award three outstanding applicants £5,000 to cover their tuition fees. The remaining tuition fees as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the students.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year Master’s course at London Met in one of the following faculties: The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture art Design or the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing.
2. Have over 70% in a bachelor’s degree from a good University from India.
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19 August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/scholarships/international-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Gold) - Single Award

This partial scholarship will award one outstanding applicant £10,000 to cover their tuition fee. The remaining tuition fee as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the student.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in September 2016.
2. Have over 75% in a bachelor’s degree from a good university in India and 75% or above in X and XII (consistent academic grades).
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19 August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/scholarships/international-scholarships/



Entry Requirements

The normal academic standard for entry is a lower second honours degree in food science or a related subject, such as microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition or agricultural sciences. Mature students with lesser qualifications but extensive appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.


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