This course engages with issues at the very forefront of modern food production. You‘ll explore the origins of biotechnology, the legislation and social issues related to biotechnology in food, the immune system and role of antibodies.
You'll have chance to challenge the myths associated with food allergies and the risks, causes and solutions. You'll learn the science behind every ingredient that goes into a product.
The core sciences of chemistry and biochemistry underpin the course, alongside the processing of food. You'll also study some elements of microbiology and nutrition. You'll learn to apply fundamental scientific concepts to understand and manipulate the complex characteristics of foods and to integrate this scientific knowledge with an understanding of food technology.
The course is strongly linked to our research groups, meaning you'll be taught by staff who are actively engaged in world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice.
Through this programme you'll develop the ability to critically assess the complex factors that influence the range, quality and acceptability of foods produced in an industrialised society.
You'll apply scientific knowledge from your bachelor degree and extend it to areas outside your first degree discipline. You'll gain a broad knowledge of food science with the necessary related understanding of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics and biology. You'll also learn to integrate your scientific knowledge with an understanding of food technology and will develop your own interests and skills through specialised options and projects, influenced by current research thinking in the field.
The programme provides an understanding of the methodology of research investigations by experimental project, and helps you develop the personal skills you'll need to communicate effectively in future professional activities.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety 20 credits
- Food Processing 20 credits
- Research Project 60 credits
- Food Biotechnology 10 credits
- Impacts of Food Processing on Nutritional Quality 10 credits
- GMOs, Antibodies and PCR 10 credits
- Food and the Allergic Reaction 10 credits
- Structure and Function of Food Components 20 credits
- Professional Development for Employment and Research 20 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Food Science (Food Biotechnology) MSc in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. We make extensive use 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 you'll learn formally.
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.The pass mark for each module is 50%. All marks from all modules (passed and failed) are included in the final classification mark, which must be at least a 50% average to pass.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent in a relevant science subject.
International qualificationsWe accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information please contact the School of Food Science and Nutrition admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
How to apply
Application deadlinesUK/EU applicants 31 August 2018
International applicants 31 July 2018
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you'll need
Original or certified copies of your transcriptsOriginal or certified copies of your degree certificate
Copy of passport (if applicable)Letter of sponsorship (if applicable)
Two academic references
Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)It may help your application if you include a personal statement and CV.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £10,000 (total)
International: £23,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
The School of Food Science and Nutrition offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships.
Postgraduates from the School go into careers in research, in the food industry, into regulatory and public bodies across the world, backed by the confidence and skills gained from studying at one of the leading schools of food science and nutrition internationally.
Our graduates are in big demand and food companies come to Leeds to recruit the best talent. Some of our past graduates hold key positions in the food industry and government agencies.There are many opportunities open to you within the food industry, from jobs in nutrition and new product development to roles in the supply chain, purchasing, logistics and distribution. You may decide to become a development scientist, working on new foodstuffs and producing food which is safe and nutritious with a consistent flavour, colour and texture. There are roles within this area in industry, but also within government and local authority food inspection departments. Other job roles include industrial buyer, retail buyer, production manager or quality assurance manager.
Read more about typical career paths:
- Product development
- Food manufacturing
- Quality assurance
- Public health
Further studyA Masters in food science will also serve you well in progression to research-led projects. Many of our students go on to undertake PhD research here at the University of Leeds in one of the School's research groups. Read about postgraduate research in the School of Food Science and Nutrition.
The School of Food Science and Nutrition has its own dedicated Employability Enhancement Officer who can offer quality advice and support with regards to careers, CV and cover letter writing, job applications etc. The Employability Enhancement Officer promotes a range of opportunities available to students to ensure they maximise their capabilities through a process of personal development and career planning.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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