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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD5132M Food Science and Nutrition Research: Recent Revelations and Disputes

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr James Smith

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOOD3132Food Science and Nutrition Research: Recent Revelations and

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students will select 8 symposium sessions of current PhD and Postdoctoral research projects in Food science. The symposium will be delivered by current PhD, Postdoctoral or Academic staff as well as experts from outside the school on areas concerning their research. Students will need to provide summaries of the symposiums with an in-depth critique of a chosen symposium/research topic. The detailed analysis will require additional independent research to describe the specific aspects, e.g. methodology, strengths and weaknesses of chosen approaches, areas of scientific dispute and relevant advances in the understanding of the topic. Learning will be evidenced through a 6000 word report (1000 word summary and 5000 word PhD proposal) and short 10 minute presentation.


On completion of this module students will have an understanding of the application of the principles of basic science to a range of problems in food science and/or nutrition research with particular emphasis on topics which are currently being investigated.

Learning outcomes
1) Increase understanding of the basic principles of food science and nutrition research
2) be aware of current problems as investigated in various research topics
3) learn new methodologies for investigating food science and nutrition problems
4) communicate learnings of research problems investigated
5) develop a PhD research proposal


Module content will depend upon the range of research seminars presented in the course year. This will vary from year to year but will broadly be in the school research group themes of Food Science and Nutrition. Students will be able to select specific research seminar topics of interest. Seminar titles and timetables will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study on lecture material - 52 hours
Preparation of the critique - 30 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will monitored through attendance of seminar sessions and communication with module leader to obtain advice.
Seminar notes need to be included in seminar notebook and numbered (with dates, titles, and speaker). At the end of semester 2, notebooks will be inspected by module leader. Seminars are not recorded and will not be available on Minerva (some exceptional circumstances are possible). Though attendance and the presentation of notes are required for the completion of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationReport providing seminar summaries (1000 words) and a detailed description of a PhD Research proposal of a chosen topic (5000 word limit)90.00
Poster Presentation10 minute presentation with 5 minute questions10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/08/2023 09:54:21


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