Throughout the course you will analyse and critically appraise complex factors, including sociological and ethical issues that influence the range, quality and acceptability of foods produced in an industrialised society.
Through a combination of practical laboratory classes and lectures underpinning scientific theory and knowledge, you will gain the ability to integrate scientific knowledge with an understanding of food technology.
The programme will give you an understanding of the methodology of research investigations by experimental project and the necessary personal skills to communicate effectively in future professional activities. You will also gain the ability to appraise critically the complex factors, including sociological and ethical issues that influence the range, quality and acceptability of foods produced in an industrialised society.
In the final months of your course, using the knowledge you have gained from the core modules, you will be ideally positioned to choose an exciting problem to investigate, which will be influenced by current research thinking within the field.This project will provide you with the key experience in independent research you need to advance your career. The research project will also help you to develop the personal skills you will need to communicate effectively in future professional activities such as presentations.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Food Science module descriptions for more detail on what you could study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Food Science MSc in the course catalogue
Physical Aspects of Food
Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety
Colloid and Dairy Science
Structure and Function of Food Components
Research Project: Masters Students
Food Quality Assurance and Control
Learning and teaching
Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable you to study at your own pace and in your own time, to enhance and extend the material taught formally. The School has a wide range of specialist facilities and has recently invested in brand new laboratories.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment is by a range of methods, including formal examination, in-class tests, laboratory practical reports, example sheets, problem solving, project work and verbal presentations.