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Food Science (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

Food Science is a discipline touching the life of all people around the globe. Further development of this discipline is of importance for a number of reasons such as securing sustainable food production to feed the increasing earth population, preventing breaches of food safety that give rise to food borne illnesses and outbreaks, securing production of high quality nutritious foods at affordable prices, and creating functional health promoting foods for the ageing population.

In the MSc Food Science programme, we aim to guide you to a deeper understanding of the very broad discipline of food science through in-depth study of its different aspects both at theoretical and practical levels. In particular our MSc curriculum covers modern aspects of food processing, food analysis, food safety and quality, sensory perception, food policy, statistics and general research skills. We place great emphasis on employing diverse teaching media and approaches to address developing both your technical skills and abilities for effective team work and communication.

Of particular value for consolidating and putting into action discipline knowledge is our MSc projects. Projects are given in industry relevant topics and you will be guided by experienced academic members who are in close collaboration with the top food manufacturing industry, via current research programmes and consultancies.

We take pride in providing our MSc students with valuable skills and knowledge for following either an academic or an industrial related career path.

You will benefit from modern laboratory facilities including designated laboratories for Food Technology, Sensory Evaluation, Food Analysis, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. You will also be able to use the facilities throughout campus including IT laboratories and the Library.

The modules are assessed via combinations of coursework, laboratory reports and seminar presentations.

The course will enhance your career opportunities in food and related industries, particularly in aspects related to Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Food Product Development, Food Technology, Food Analysis and Sensory Evaluation, together with consultancy, research or education. Successful completion of the course also provides you with the opportunity for further academic research.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/food-science-ft-dtffsc6/


Facilities when you want to get hands-on experience within applied science laboratories we can support you. We teach in large modern, well- equipped labs with audio-visual facilities to enhance our ability to demonstrate techniques or interesting observations

Your course in brief

Year one you will be assessed by an MSc project which is aimed at engendering students with a spirit of enquiry into a research-based dissertation. You will discover modules such as food and safety quality, food policy, and graduate science research methods.

Visit the Food Science (MSc) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Aleti Sruthi Goud

What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?
My course Food Science is available only in Northumbria University within Newcastle, so I opted for Northumbria.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?
Receiving a Masters in Food Science is my ambition and I am super confident in my subject and that made me apply for Northumbria.

What qualifications did you have?
I did my Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics in India.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?
During the first week I was a little worried about the accent of my tutors but now I am comfortable with the accent and have settled in.

What do you like most about the course?
My course is a different and untraveled path for many and as I said before receiving a Masters in Food Science is my ambition, so I find everything on my course interesting and good.

Can you give an example of a piece of work you’ve been involved with recently and what it involves?
I have been involved in three group assignments. Up until now, it has all been about presentation and my subject practicals.

What do you do when you’re not studying?
Whenever I am not studying I listen to music and I like cooking too. Newcastle is a beautiful place and the thing I like most is the cleanliness and greenery of the City.

What’s your accommodation like?
I stay in a flat with my friends.

How do you get on with your tutors?
I adjusted to the accent of my tutors and now I am comfortable with the teaching style. My Programme Leader, Nikos, is very helpful.

What would you like to do when you graduate?
I would like to work in the food industry.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?
I would advise you to apply to Northumbria as the teaching standards are good.


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a relevant Science subject is essential. A minimum of a lower second (2ii) class qualification in a subject related to the proposed area of study or equivalent is required.

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