MSc Food Science
(Award available for year: Master of Science)
On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:- to demonstrate an understanding of concepts, information and techniques in the field of food science as informed by research/scholarship in the discipline, including knowledge of: > the techniques and role of food preservation and processing operations;> the biochemical and chemical atributes and reactions of the major food components; the role of food colloids in dairy science;the roles of quality assurance and management;how food legislation is implemented.> the factors impacting on food safety;> the effect of food processing on nutritional quality and understanding of the role of processed foods in the diet;> physical chemical aspects of foods and the food matrix. The chemisty of food flavours and colourings;- to exhibit competence in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities, including the ability to:> critically evaluate current research, research and advanced scholarship relevant to food science using concepts from scholarly reviews and primary sources of information;> demonstrate an understanding of the provisional nature of information and allow for competing and alternative explanations;> demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method of enquiry and understand the principles of hypothesis-lead research; > apply this understanding to the planning and implementation of an individual research project in a relevant research area;> apply their knowledge and understanding to solving complex problems by collecting and evaluating appropriate information, and use it creatively to suggest innovations or make decisions; - to demonstrate ability in the use and evaluation of research methods and techniques standard to the food science discipline, including a theoretical and practical understanding of:> laboratory methods used in understanding nutrient content of foods, and the effect of processing on nutrient content;> laboratory methods used in understanding the composition of foods;> Health and Safety practices, including risk assessment in laboratory settings;> to apply research skills to generate complex primary data as part of an individual research project;- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others, including:> self-evaluation of skills and competences leading to a personal development plan in terms of Generic graduate skills;
Transferable (key) skills
Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree in aspects of Food Science or relevant disclipline and/or for employment in a higher capacity in the food industr, including demonstration of:> autonomy, self direction, initiative and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;> effective self-planning in order to prioritise and manage time and resources effectively;> effective team work and leadership where applicable;> effective communication with individuals or groups using a range of methods and media;> effective use of ICT methods for gathering, evaluating, analysing and presenting information and data;> effective dissemination of research findings though an individual dissertation thesis, an oral presentation and an oral examination;- evaluating their own achievement using reflective practice;- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;- critical engagement in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.
Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline. This will be evidenced through:- the undertaking of an independent research project;- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;- evaluating and criticising received opinion;- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data;- generation, analysis and evaluation of complex research primary data, assessed though the writing of an individual research thesis, an oral presentation and an oral examination.