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MSc Food Science (Food Biotechnology)

Programme code:MSC-FOOD/BIOUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Célia Ferreira Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Food Science and Nutrition

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

IFST (Institute of Food Science and Technology)

Programme specification:

The Food Science (Food Biotechnology) MSc engages with issues at the very forefront of modern food production. Not only will you advance your knowledge of crucial areas within food science, health and sustainability, but you’ll also explore the origins of biotechnology, the legislation and social issues related to biotechnology in food and modern bioanalytical methods in biotechnology and food safety.
Studying the Food Science (Biotechnology) MSc will provide you with a broad understanding of food science, whilst learning the necessary background understanding of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics and biology needed to excel in this field. By integrating your scientific knowledge, you’ll develop an understanding of food production and processing, enabling you to critically assess the complex factors that influence the range, quality and acceptability of foods produced in an industrialised society. You will gain a broad understanding of legislation and how this impacts the industry, examine key stages of a product development process, as well as develop key knowledge and understanding of food system challenges and sustainability. You’ll learn everything from how food biotechnology addresses food industry challenges to the impact ‘functional foods’ or novel protein sources have on health, science and the economy. You will benefit from the open and authentic exposure to real-world examples through our research-based learning approach that address global challenges through empirical and inclusive enquiry.
Throughout the course, your studies will be guided by our internationally recognised cutting-edge research and innovation in food science, particularly in food biotechnology. You will benefit from our strong collaborations and partnerships with industry, the commercial sector and professional body (IFST) enabling you to develop the required literacies, skills, competencies that are relevant to your needs and ambitions in your future career. In the final months of your course, you’ll have the chance to put theory into practice with an independent research project. This will be your opportunity to build on the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt throughout the course and investigate an exciting real-world problem, mirroring the type of work you’ll be conducting in your professional career.
Accredited by the Institute for Food Science and Technology
This accreditation signifies that Leeds offers the best possible food-related education, giving students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter employment in the food industry, research, education and the public sector. Studying an accredited degree programme can help you to stand out to employers because it assures them that you meet the standards of the food profession.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

FOOD5046MFood Safety and Regulatory Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOOD5056MFood Processing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD5072MFood Systems and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD5090MCapstone Research Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FOOD5126MFood Biotechnology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOOD5226MAdvanced Food Biotechnology15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD5243MFood Chemistry and Biochemistry15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOOD5271MPrinciples of Food Product Design15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOOD5545MResearch and Professional Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 15/03/2024 14:17:04


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