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Course summary

Our Food Science (Food Biotechnology) MSc engages with issues at the very forefront of modern food production. Not only will you advance your knowledge of crucial areas within food science and health, but you’ll also explore the origins of biotechnology, the legislation and social issues related to biotechnology in food and modern bioanalytical methods in biotechnology and food safety. You’ll study in our School of Food Science and Nutrition at Leeds, which is home to world-leading research that has impacted key areas in the food industry. This research directly informs this MSc programme, meaning you’ll be learning the latest innovations and practices in food science from researchers and academics who work within the School’s research institutes and groups. Once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the forward-thinking, relevant and topical knowledge sought -after by global companies in industry. Plus, the extensive skill set you’ll build throughout the course will open the door to many diverse career opportunities in this in-demand field, including product research and development, quality assurance and nutrition. 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, food biotechnology, microbiological and chemical food safety 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 Unilever, Korea Food Research Institute and Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc.
  • 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 a range of methods, including formal examination, in-class tests, laboratory practical reports, example sheets, problem solving, project work and verbal presentations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Food Science and Technology of the United Kingdom, Institute of

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/8341/food-science-food-biotechnology-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 (Food Biotechnology) at University of Leeds - UCAS