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Course summary

Our Food Science Integrated Masters degree equips you with the depth and range of knowledge you’ll need for a successful career in the food industry. Food science is a far-reaching discipline that applies the pure science subjects of chemistry, biology and nutrition to the study of the nature, sustainability, properties, and composition of foods and the changes which they undergo during storage and processing. This programme will give you an in-depth understanding of food processing, texture, flavour, food formulations, product development, and food safety. We will also explore how to maintain and improve food quality and safety, and understand how food is utilised and how it interacts with our bodies. You will investigate operations that are applied to preserve foods as well as special procedures that are used to produce everyday commodities. We will also consider issues surrounding the sustainability of ingredients and manufactured products, and study the effects food and drink can have on our health and wellbeing. Additionally, the programme provides you with a grounding in organic chemistry, physics, human physiology and cell and molecular biology, which you will apply throughout your course and particularly during your final year individual research project. Why study at Leeds

  • Graduate with an Institute of Food Science and Technology accredited degree at a university ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Guardian League Table 2022 and in the Top 100 in the world, ShanghaiRanking 2021.
  • Take advantage of our world-leading research here at Leeds, in areas such as digestion and delivery, food safety, functional biopolymers and novel food design.
  • Experience expertise teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers at the forefront of the industry who specialise in a variety of food science and nutritional disciplines.
  • Put theory into practice, with access to our specialist facilities, including lecture theatres and labs fully equipped with the latest technology to support your learning.
  • Start building your future career path from day one, establishing relations in the field with industry professionals through our strong partnerships with UK industry such as Mondelez, Arla Foods, Sainsbury’s and more.
  • Broaden your experience before you graduate and give your CV that competitive edge with our industrial work placement opportunities and study abroad programmes.
  • Make the most of your time at Leeds and be part of our Leeds Food Science Society where you can meet more of your coursemates and lecturers.
Accreditation This degree is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology. This accreditation signifies that Leeds offers the best possible food-related education, giving students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into employment in the food industry, research, education and the public sector. Studying an accredited degree can help you to stand out to employers because it assures them that you meet the standards of the food profession.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Satisfactory completion of Year 1 of a relevant degree course

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, access this page: International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, please access this page:

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