MSc Food Science and Innovation

Shape the future of food

Intakes: January | March | May | July | September | November

Course length and study mode: 2 year programme, online, part-time

Fee for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021): £10,320

Entry requirements: A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent, in an appropriate science or related subject. Good honours candidates from other subjects may still be eligible if they can demonstrate significant proven professional experience in a relevant field.

With the current need for 140,000 new recruits to UK food and drink manufacturing by 2024, there has never been a better time to develop the skills you need to discover, innovate and shape the future of food with our masters in Food Science and Innovation.

The course is underpinned by first-class research, taught by highly qualified specialists and aims to create the next generation of leaders within the food science field. Thanks to virtual lab simulator Labster and video content created especially for the programme, you will get to grips with important scientific processes, with only a laptop and an internet connection.

We’ve built the course curriculum around functional, contemporary food science skills so you can apply what you learn right away. Blending the latest food safety and sustainability models with key industry skills, you’ll study advanced food science principles based on the industry’s needs. And with modules such as Future Food Sustainability, you will be given a platform to understand the pressures that are facing the industry today and develop the skill set to help solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Delivered 100% online, you’ll study at your own pace to achieve a masters in as little as two years, growing your professional network through virtual seminars and group tasks with students across the world as you go.

There are six intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in JanuaryMarchMay, July, September and November.

Units may typically include:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research (15 credits)
  • Food Processing (15 credits)
  • Food Composition and Analysis (15 credits)
  • Food Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Food Safety and Quality Management (15 credits)
  • Fundamental Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Future Food Sustainability (15 credits)
  • Innovation in New Product Development (15 credits)
  • Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)

Professional Project (30 credits)

This unit requires students to conduct an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study. This is a chance for you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during the course, as well as engage with real-world study relating to your field of interest.

For full details of the content within each module please download our MSc Food Science and Innovation module factsheet. 

Picture of Dr Ajay Patel, Programme Leader for MSc Food Science and Innovation

Dr Ajay Patel
Senior Lecturer

Dr Patel joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006. His area of expertise is food law and policy, having previously practised as a litigation solicitor in the City of London and as a Principal Lawyer for ‘Which?’.

He has published a number of journal articles and conference papers on health and nutrition, most recently focusing on the public reaction to the UK government strategy on childhood obesity, the rise of copycat food products and misleading allergy labelling.

Alongside his role as Programme Lead on our MSc Food Science and Innovation, Dr Patel is an international representative for Manchester Metropolitan’s Department of Health Professions and works closely with universities and businesses in Hong Kong and India.

Our online masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours. 

Study wherever and whenever – all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.  

Using our Virtual Learning Environment  you will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe. 

Continued support will be provided by your dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to help you to get the most from your time with us from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate. 

The MSc Food Science and Innovation comprises 180 credits. Students are expected to study 90 credits per year. 

Each 15-credit unit is normally delivered over an 8-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their learning before submitting the assessment in Week 8. The Professional Project unit is normally 16 weeks. 

Overall Methods of Assessment 

  • You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and an online viva voce examination. 
  • Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry is assessed by an online viva voce examination. 
  • All other units are assessed by an assignment (typically 3,000-3,750 words, or equivalent). The nature of the assignment varies by unit. Examples may include a literature review, case studies, portfolios, management reports, technical reports, experimental/practical laboratory reports, presentations, research brief, group work, and peer review. 
  • The Professional Project will normally take the form of a 10,000-word project-style essay. 

Study and assessment breakdown 

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of live seminars, discussion boards and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, and a PGCert 60 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the programme will vary according to your style of learning, but it could be: 


17% scheduled live seminars or similar; 83% independent study; 0% placement 


90% coursework; 0% practical; 10% online viva voce examination 


With our flexible payment options we have made paying for your programme, and your professional development, as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept all usual online payment methods in any currency via our highly secure Flywire payment portal.

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021):

Unit fee: £860*

Programme fee: £10,320

Fees for 2021/22 academic year of entry

Tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year of entry (from entry 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022) are still being finalised for all courses. Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Entry requirements:

To enrol in the course, you will need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent in an appropriate science or related subject
  • Good honours candidates from other subjects may still be eligible if they can demonstrate significant proven professional experience in a relevant field.
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020/21 academic year (1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021/22 academic year (1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022). Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency. We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants if required  which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.

Read more about our English requirements.

Applying for the course:

All applications are taken through our online applications portal. To get access to the portal please fill in the form on the applications page and we shall send you an email with login details. Once you have access you will be able to upload the following documents and submit your application:

  • Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications e.g. degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers e.g. IELTS or free Pearson English test results
  • Your CV
  • A passport photo of yourself
  • A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online.

Once submitted we will assess your application and make a decision on whether we can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.