School of Chemical Sciences


Food Science

Food Science is the scientific study of food. It is a new science and includes the study of all aspects of food that make it safe and attractive as well as those that lead to improvements in quality and preservation.

Food Science is about understanding the chemical, biological and physical attributes of food and the changes that occur during storage and processing procedures, such as canning and freezing.

The School of Chemical Sciences has several postgraduate programmes in Food Science. You can choose from the following options:

  • BSc(Hons) in Food Science
    The one-year BSc(Hons) in Food Science programme is an option for well-prepared students wishing to study Food Science in greater depth than a BSc. The BSc(Hons) can also provide a faster path to the PhD degree for students intending to perform advanced research.
  • PGDipSci in Food Science
    The PGDipSci in Food Science is a one-year programme. Taught coursework comprises core courses and elective courses. You may take a dissertation which is based on a short research project. You will be assessed for the taught component by a combination of coursework, assignments and final examination. It could be a pathway for doing MSc and PhD, and especially helpful for overseas qualified students whose qualifications are difficult to evaluate.
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Food Science
    This MSc degree follows from a BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Food Science and takes one year to complete. You are required to write a thesis based on a research project. You will be assessed by a combination of oral presentation and thesis examination.
  • Master of Professional Studies in Food Safety (MProfStuds)
    This programme is for graduates and practitioners in the field of food science or food production management who are responsible for food safety in production settings, policy development, or the management of food production chains. Find more details

Selection for the PGDipSci in Food Science and MSc in Food Science programmes will be based on academic merit, but a professional interest in food science or food technology will be taken into account.

Find a list of Food Science courses

For more detailed information please consult the Food Science and Food Safety Postgraduate Flyer.