Food Science - MSc
Why study this course?
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. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
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.
The structure of the course gives you the essential knowledge and skills for your future career. You can choose to emphasise laboratory-based subjects such as food microbiology and food analysis or areas such as quality assurance or food production and development including sensory analysis. The course develops your knowledge of food manufacturing and processing, analysis and testing packaging, storage, distribution, legal aspects, sustainability and food security.
You'll ultimately become an independent researcher or potential manager, with the ability to critically evaluate food science and apply it to new situations, following either an academic or an industrial related career path.
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.
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.
You will be required to have:
- a lower second honours degree (or equivalent) 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.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
You have the opportunity to apply for credits based on previous experience gained in the food industry through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
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.
- 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.
Read more details about the modules in our course specification.
“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
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
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
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When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.