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Course summary

Providing nutritious food is a key target for the government — and has become a growing trend throughout society. The pressure to improve food standards falls to academic and industry experts to provide sustainable solutions that’ll suit every aspect of society. From advancing quality control to developing new, healthy eating trends, being qualified in food science and nutrition will put you at the forefront of finding these solutions. The Food Science and Nutrition MSc here at Leeds draws on ongoing world-leading research conducted in the School you’ll be studying in, teaching you the latest innovations, issues and practices in food science and nutrition. Throughout the course, you’ll investigate the scientific aspects of food, nutrition and the wider implications of diet on our health and wellbeing. The breadth of the programme gives an appreciation of key positions of food and health, as well as in food composition, and the manufacturing of foods. This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the forward-thinking, relevant and topical knowledge and skill set sought after by global companies in industry. You’ll also have access to specialist facilities that’ll prepare you for working in the field and a programme team consisting of academics and researchers who work within the School’s research institutes and groups. Why study at Leeds:

  • Learn the latest food science innovations in areas such as digestion and delivery, food safety, functional biopolymers and novel food design, which link directly to our impactful, 'real world' research conducted right here in our School.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry, including food processing, diet and cardiovascular health and the impacts of food processing on nutritional quality.
  • Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in the collation, analysis and presentation of scientific data.
  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching, delivered by internationally renowned expert academics working at the forefront of their fields with strong industrial links.
  • Access specialist facilities, including industry-grade equipment for investigating the colloidal nature of foods, small and wide-angle X-ray scattering equipment (SAXs & WAXS), electron microscopy facilities, texture analysers, tribometers and HPLC and GC analytical equipment.
  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in some of the most revered institutions in industry worldwide including NHS, Innocent Drinks and the Food and Drugs Authority.
  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Board.
  • Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining our Food Science society, where you can widen your interest in food studies and get to know people on your course outside of lectures through trips and socials such as a Summer BBQ.

Assessment method

Assessment is by course work and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught. Results obtained in the 2nd and final years contribute to the final degree classification.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a subject containing biology and chemistry content. A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will be considered for candidates with food related industry and/or research experience. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees are listed on our website: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/e811/food-science-and-nutrition-msc Scholarships: International Masters Excellence Scholarship: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/dir-record/scholarships/1790/school-of-food-science-and-nutrition-international-masters-excellence-scholarship
Food Science and Nutrition at University of Leeds - UCAS