MSc Food Science and Innovation

Manchester Metropolitan University has been paving the way in nutrition and food science research since 1880. This unique Food Science and Innovation master’s degree combines Manchester Met’s rich expertise with new technology to give you the specialist food and nutrition knowledge you need to succeed. Delivered 100% online, you will have the freedom to study wherever and whenever it suits you best, helping you to balance your existing work, life and family commitments.

Intakes: January | May | September

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 three 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 within two years at a pace that suits you, 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 three intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in January, May and September.

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. Tristan Dew, MSc Food Science and Innovation Programme Leader

Tristan is the Programme Leader for this newly-developed MSc Food Science and Innovation course. He also leads several units across the programme, as well as delivering content in the areas of new product development, sensory analysis, and nutritional biochemistry.

Previously a lecturer in biochemical pharmacology, Tristan’s current primary research area is consumer wellbeing through commercial innovation, and the maintenance of optimum health through plant bioactives. He has previously investigated the impact that agricultural conditions and novel manufacturing techniques can have on polyphenol, as well as researching health outcomes for various human ailments.

Andrew Hollingsworth, Principal Lecturer in Food Sustainability and Head of the Manchester Food Centre

Andrew joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003, having amassed twenty years’ worth of experience in the food sector. His area of expertise is food sustainability, specifically from the perspective of the food industry, and addressing the challenges of feeding a growing population with fewer resources.

Alongside heading the Manchester Food Centre and presenting at international food conferences, Andrew is currently working with colleagues from a number of the UK’s leading universities on researching the contribution that the food system makes to climate change and related policy.  

Entry requirements

  • Typically, you will have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree, 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

With our flexible payment options, regional subsidies and discounts, we have made paying for your course, 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 payment online in any currency via our secure portal, Flywire.

Unit fee: £1,083*

Programme fee: £13,000

We are currently offering a 10% Early Bird Discount to eligible professionals joining this programme.

To find out if you are eligible, please contact our enrollment team.

We offer a subsidised fee to students from certain countries:  

Unit fee: £916*

Programme fee: £11,000

Click here to see the full list of eligible countries.

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