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Food Science and Technology Masters

Food Science & Technology Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC


Key Facts

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
One year full-time or two years part-time.

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses. 
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Course Overview

The food industry in the United Kingdom has developed a world-renown reputation for the production of exceptional quality, safe, wholesome products. To maintain this position in the global market, it is vital that the workforce is equally competent and highly skilled.

The Masters of Food Science and Technology has been designed to provide you with professional training that combines comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge within the fields of food science and food technology.

It is ideal for students and professionals seeking to expand their career prospects into a wide range of food manufacturing, commercial, government or research roles in the broad field of food science and food technology.

Students will be presented with tasks to develop and strengthen their knowledge, leadership, research and problem-solving skills in order to meet the global challenges associated within all aspects of the food industry, from farm to fork.  


​Course Content​​

The structure of the assessment programme will allow students to focus on issues relevant to their interest.

The Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, which teaches this course, also houses The Zero2Five Food Industry Centre. This is a globally recognised research and practice based centre supporting the activities of the food industry throughout the UK. 

Sample Course Guide:

  • Applied Research Methods & Design
  • Food Technology & Biotechnology
  • Global Sustainability & Environmental Management
  • Food Safety Management
  • Food Quality Management & Quality Assurance
  • Food Product Conformity & Labelling
  • Independent Study


Research Project/Dissertation:
A written dissertation is based on a project chosen by the student to reflect their interest in a specific field under supervision. All research projects are developed with the guidance of the programme director and an academic project supervisor, assigned based on the field of research undertaken.  

Students are encouraged to initiate project ideas within areas of interest and/ or through existing networks. All ideas will be accompanied by discussions with academic staff, prior to commencement, to ensure projects are both viable and achievable.

Degree Structure:

The degree programme will be taught at the Cardiff Met Llandaff Campus, over one year (three Terms). The course is also available part-time over two years.

  • Term one – 12 weeks* teaching
  • Term two – 10 weeks* teaching
  • Term three – 2 weeks teaching*, followed by 3 weeks examinations

*Please note, term durations may alter slightly depending on when national holidays fall.  

Learning & Teaching​


Lectures are seen as opportunities for imparting key information and pointing students in a particular direction for further study. They are also intended to be interactive and debate is encouraged. Lectures are complemented by seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions as a means of helping students to develop analytical and critical appraisal skills.

There is a strong emphasis on applying the theoretical frameworks to problem-solving which reflects the applied nature of the programme, especially through practical sessions. 

Students must possess intellectual, ethical, and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the programme. 

It is University policy to take reasonable steps to make reasonable adjustments so as to enable student’s participation whist studying at Cardiff Met. Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability; however, students will need to be able to participate in an independent manner in order to fulfil the learning objectives of the course. 


A range of assessment methods is used. These include closed (or open) book examination, written assignments/ essays, practical report, presentations, along with a research project dissertation on a chosen topic for the MSc. 

Employability & Careers​

The programme provides the potential for graduates to progress within the food industry, retail, government or education. Our past students have found employment in some of the major UK retailers, local regional and international food manufacturers, food laboratories, various sectors of the Government and consultancy advisory roles. 

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

An honours degree in relevant science and/or technology subjects. 

Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not possess a first degree, but who can demonstrate relevant industrial/professional experience in a cognate discipline will also be considered.

International applications are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. 

Selection Procedure:
Written application which may be supplemented by an interview.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses. 
See if you are eligible.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Simon Dawson: Email:  


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