Globally we face huge and growing challenges to supply the world's population with adequate safe and nutritious food. Food scientists will play a crucial role in addressing global food insecurity.
This unique food science qualification combines BSc and Master's level study and allows students to develop their subject to a high level, experiencing cutting-edge technologies involved in food research.
The subject is underpinned by a scientific understanding of food, such as its properties and composition, production and manufacture, testing and regulation, interaction with the human body, and the current and future challenges for its safety and supply.
Food Science and Food Security Degree highlights
This course is taught by world leading academic staff who are part of the Institute for Global Food Security based at Queen's University Belfast.
- Work placements on these programmes provide students with the opportunity to utilise the practical skills gained during the teaching of their degree and apply these in a work environment. Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as: Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Kerry group, Kraft foods, Moy Park, Tayto, Ulster Cancer Foundation, hospital trusts and many more.
World Class Facilities
- This programme is linked to the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's and students may complete their project work at the Institute. Known globally for their world-renowned research, the Institute was at the forefront of uncovering and understanding the horsemeat scandal in the UK.
- Between Stages 2 and 3 students taking the three-year degree undertake a work placement of at least 16 weeks and students taking the four-year degree undertake a work placement of at least 46 weeks. For many students this is the most important aspect of the degree, enabling them to experience the types of jobs which are available on graduation and through the preparation of CVs, interviews, etc. ensuring they are well prepared for the job market.
- This tailored degree is shorter than studying for BSc and Masters degrees separately, and students are able to finance their postgraduate level studies within existing student finance arrangements.
- The unique flexible design of these degrees enables transfer to the BSc Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition degrees up until the end of Stage 2.
- The degree also offers opportunities for additional laboratory training and experience, for example summer scholarships.
Nationally and internationally there is a shortage of food science graduates with higher level research skills and technical expertise. These degrees are designed to produce graduates ideally suited to high level careers in research, R&D, industry, education, and also for PhD study.
The Food Science and Food Security MSci degree programme is entirely new and we anticipate that prospective employers of graduates with Masters-level qualifications will range from multinational corporations, global research institutes, universities and local companies.
The School and the Institute for Global Food Security are well connected both locally and internationally and unique project and employment opportunities arise on a regular basis. Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the food industry or health promotion, some develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
• Food industry - graduate recruitment schemes
• Food industry - new product development
• Food industry - food technologist
• Food industry - quality management
• Charities - health promotion
• Nutrition - assistant dietician in a hospital trust
• Teaching - home economics [PGCE needed]
• Research - industry research association
• Research - PhD studies
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including all those who provide work placement opportunities. These range from multinationals such as Moy Park and Sainsbury's to many local companies such as Irwin's and Tayto.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.