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Shape the future of food

MSc Food Science and Innovation

Intakes: January | March | May | September | November

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

Fee: £9,995 

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.

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Programme overview

The role of food science is critical to the supply, safety and quality of food for human consumption. Food and nutrition have major implications for the health and wellbeing of our global population and, as a result, this greatly impacts governments’ social, economic and health policies.

This cutting edge Global Online MSc Food Science and Innovation programme 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.

The online masters course draws on the expert research of Manchester Metropolitan’s dedicated Food Centre and Manchester’s reputation as a global hub for food production to cover local and worldwide trends in the food industry. Building upon your existing practical experience and commercial acumen, it will help you get to grips with the pressures that are facing the food industry today and arm you with the skillset to help solve the problems of tomorrow. You will cover a broad range of topics, such as food processing, innovation in new product development, food analysis and microbiology, food law and quality management.

From our easy three-step enrolment process to flexible fee payment, we’re dedicated to making studying and balancing other commitments as straightforward as possible. You will have the freedom to study wherever and whenever - all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. You will also be accompanied by a cohort of similarly determined peers from across the world, keen to share their knowledge and experience and root not only for their success - but yours too.

Features and benefits

  • Be at the forefront of new thinking: Innovative research from the University’s dedicated Food Nutrition and Occupational Health team underpins this programme’s broad and challenging syllabus, developing your practical skills, theory and workplace understanding.

  • Harness new technology: 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. 

  • Study your way: From an easy application process, the opportunity to begin your studies at five different entry points in the year and the choice to pay per unit you study, we’re here to do everything we can to help you reach your goals without taking a career break. Our Virtual Learning Environment has been expertly designed to help you to study when and where it suits you best.

  • Grow your worldwide professional network: Through live online seminars with tutors and peers, you will regularly collaborate with other professionals around the globe, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.

  • Be supported every step of the way: We pride ourselves on our students’ study experience. As a Global Online student, you will be assigned a dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to cheer you on from the sidelines and get the most from your time with us.

About the online course

Our online masters in Food Science and Innovation 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.

You’ll study in a Virtual Learning Environment that has been designed with the latest pedagogical research at its heart. It will encourage you to develop independent thought, reflect on your own work and engage with your fellow students across the globe. You will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations, have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks that are aimed at developing your transferable skills and receive personalised feedback from your tutors, all at a time that suits you best.

There are five intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in January, March, May, September and November.

Typical units of study may include*:

  • 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)

Dissertation with research methods

A large portion of your credits is earned with a dissertation that uses established research methods. 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.

* These units and their timing are subject to change.


Academic expertise

Your Global Online MSc Food Science and Innovation programme is led by committed and enthusiastic academics with extensive experience in the field.

Dr Ajay Patel, Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead, Global Online MSc Food Science and Innovation

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. 


Entry requirements

To enrol on the programme, you'll need:

  • 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.

Students applying with non-UK qualifications can find further information on our international website.

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.

Read more about our English requirements.

Fees and funding

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.

Unit fee: £833*

Programme fee: £9,995

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

How to apply

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.

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