Food Technology for Industry - MSc/PgD/PgC (Online Distance Learning)


Course Overview

This online programme aims to develop food manufacturing industry staff, particularly those working in technical quality assurance and NPD, with specific reference and application to their own practice. This applied programme is intended to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills and competencies.

No attendance at the university is required for this programme, since it is delivered by electronic means only. 

Please click here for details about the Enhanced Learning Scheme and ELCAS funding.

Course Content

T​his programme is offered on a part time, distance learning basis only. To obtain the MSc Food Technology for Industry, students must successfully complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This must include all core modules, including the dissertation/enterprise project component.

Students will be able to access the modules via Cardiff Met’s Moodle platform.  Modules will be released in September of each year and students will work through them at their own pace.  Students may embark on more than one module in an academic year, but they need to complete all modules embarked on by July of that year.

Core Modules (credit value):

  • Global Food Safety (20)
  • Global Food Quality Management Systems (20)
  • Research Methods (20)
  • Food Product Conformity and Labelling (10)
  • Dissertation OR Enterprise project (60)

Optional Modules:

  • Nutrition (20)
  • Hygienic Design for the Food Manufacturer (20)
  • New Product Development (20)
  • UK and EU Food Legislation (10)
  • Meat and Fish Technology (10)
  • Dairy Technology (10)
  • Baking Technology (10)
  • Confectionery Technology (10)

Please see the programme website for more information on how many credits are required for a Masters, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate -


Learning & Teaching

This course is delivered online via Moodle software incorporating software such as Google+, Adobe Connect and Adobe Presenter.  Students enrol on one module at a time and complete that module before moving on to the next.  In this way, students accumulate credit towards their chosen programme. 

Each module is divided into a number of sessions in order to facilitate student self-study and has a module leader who should be the first point of contact in respect of any queries that the student might have.



This is a distance learning programme and the approaches place a strong emphasis on application of theoretical structure to real problems and situations. To reflect the applied nature of study, teaching and assessment will focus on case studies, exercises and scenarios reflecting actual issues in food companies in which the students are located. 

For each module, students complete a number of Patchwork assessments which together build to enable to student to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the programme.

Employability & Careers

The programme provides the potential for current and aspiring technical and NPD staff including QAs and technologists in the industry to expand their knowledge and skills in areas they would like to move into as a career progression within a larger company or perhaps providing a smaller company with much needed development for a successful and certain future.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

BSc in Food Science/Technology or relevant honours degree in science; however, candidates with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered, particularly if they can demonstrate substantial senior-level experience in within the food industry.

In addition, all candidates must normally be able to demonstrate a minimum of 3 years experience in a relevant setting. The applied nature of the programme and the emphasis on critical reflection requires candidates to have relevant experience on which they can focus and develop their studies.

All candidates must be working in a food and/or drink manufacturing environment or have access to one, to enable them to apply the practical elements of the assignments.

Please note that this programme is not suitable for entry directly after graduation, nor for applicants who are seeking a Masters level programme in order to move into the food manufacturing industry.

Selection Procedure:
A written application is required initially, and this may be supplemented by an interview to follow (via telephone or online means).

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


Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
The full MSc studied part time must be completed within in five years; however it is possible to complete this qualification in two calendar years. Enrolment onto this course is available throughout the academic year.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:

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 administrator Alison Kingdom
​Tel: 029 2041 6446 ​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting