MSc Food Management
Providing prospective managers with both advanced management and specialist knowledge in food management.
The food industry is an exciting field in which to work, but its diverse nature presents very particular challenges. This programme aims to provide prospective managers with both advanced management and specialist knowledge.
It has a management orientation and a strong consumer behaviour and marketing focus, whilst also developing the skills needed to ensure the safety, acceptability and nutritional adequacy of the food supply.
You will receive a high-quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the future needs of managers, executives and professionals in the food industry. The currency and relevance of the programme is ensured by including a number of outside speakers from, for instance, the food industry and government departments.
Previous students have gone on to work for major multinational food companies, airlines and consultancies, some reaching very senior positions. Others have taken up research posts or have gone on to complete PhDs, either at Surrey or elsewhere.
Applicants should usually hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. However, every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Food Management||Full-time||Sept 2013||£9,650||£16,315|
This programme consists of seven compulsory modules, two optional modules and a dissertation.
Consumer Behaviour in the Food Industry
This module focuses on the many factors that affect consumer behaviour and food choices made by consumers, including the characteristics of the food, and of the consumer and their environment. Theories from psychology, sociology and anthropology are explored, as well as basic concepts of marketing strategy, to enable you to identify consumer applications in the food and food services industry. There is also a strong focus on the methods of investigating consumer behaviour.
This module encourages the ability to think across management disciplines and appreciate the significance of the fiscal implications of decisions. It enables you to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making in modern business organisations.
Food Services Marketing
This module provides an introduction to food marketing. It develops an understanding of the role of marketing as a business philosophy and as a systematic thought process.
This module integrates the study of forms, structures and processes of organisations with the human aspects of psychology at work. It provides an insight into the fundamentals on which organisations are built and provides a set of analytical methods for understanding behaviour at work and managerial processes.
Policy Issues in the Food Chain
This module aims to address current policy issues affecting food supply chain management and their impact on strategic planning in the food sector. The impact of food policy and consumer culture will be explored in the context of business, government, health and the environment.
Innovation and New Product Development
This module focuses on issues central to innovation and the development of new products in the food and food services industries. It discusses technical issues to accelerate the development process, and management strategies to reduce cost and failure rates.
Introducing the process of research project planning and the key elements of research design, this module prepares you to design and execute the research study for your dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.
Food Safety and Nutrition Management
This module focuses on the importance of maintaining food safety and nutritional quality throughout the food supply chain and on management systems that can be employed to both minimise the chances of food poisoning and maximise nutritional quality.
This module is intended to provide you with a holistic understanding of the most relevant theoretical approaches to strategy formulation, implementation and control, in the context of either a single-business or a multi-business organisation.
At the heart of the MSc programme is the dissertation. Largely completed after the taught module programme has ended, this part of the programme gives you the chance to look in detail at a topic that interests you. You will conduct a small piece of research under the supervision of our experienced academics, which will provide an intellectual challenge. The skills needed for successful research will be of benefit to any career.
To be awarded the MSc in Food Management from the University of Surrey, you need to achieve 180 credits in total, of which 120 credits will come from modules taught in semester time (from September to June) and the other 60 credits from your dissertation.
You can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Management by completing 120 taught credits. Similarly, a Postgraduate Certificate can be obtained with 60 credits.
This programme is part of our modular postgraduate structure in which there are seven compulsory 15-credit modules. You then choose one optional module for the other 15 credits giving you the opportunity to specialise in the areas in which you are most interested.
Keeping teaching relevant
Dr Margaret Lumbers and Dr Anita Eves are active researchers in the area of consumer behaviour as applied to food. They have conducted studies for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the EU, as well as industry. Their topics have included the nutrition education of catering students, ways to improve hygiene education in schools, food in later life (an EU-funded study involving eight countries), and EUROFIR (an EU-funded project aiming to develop a unified food composition database).
Dr Lumbers and Dr Eves are founder members of the University’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre. The Centre brings together complementary research skills from the Surrey Business School, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences. It provides an integrated approach to questions of key importance to research funders, industry, the public and government.
Food management – a global industry
The food industry is a major income generator all over the world. It is not surprising, therefore, that many people find themselves responsible for roles in food management. Some of these managers have a food-related background but do not possess general management skills, whilst others have a management background but lack the specific skills that are required to be an effective manager in the food industry.
Our programme offers you both advanced management and discipline-specific skills, aiming to strengthen your ability to analyse the short, medium and long-term impacts of management decisions on aspects of food businesses. You will develop your understanding of the complex interactions involving different technical, social and financial challenges. It provides you with a sound management education whilst developing the skills to ensure the safety, acceptability and nutritional adequacy of the food supply.
Guest speakers from industry and other organisations, along with site visits, form an important part of your studies.
The knowledge you need to succeed
The programme aims to provide a high-quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and other professionals in the food industry.
Specifically, the programme aims to offer you the following benefits:
- In-depth understanding and knowledge of food management, recognising the interdisciplinary nature of the subject
- Management and decision-making skills founded on an understanding of the interacting factors involved in the food industry
- Skills to understand and critically evaluate a wide range of management and problem-solving techniques applicable in all sectors and industries
- The ability to conduct research and produce a high-quality dissertation
- Transferable skills in communication, presentation, computing, planning, organisation, problem-solving, critical reasoning and teamwork, all vital to success in any organisation
After your degree
You will also automatically become a member of the alumni organisation ‘Forever Surrey’. Members remain actively in touch with the university via social media groups, a quarterly newsletter, ‘Forever Surrey’ magazine which is published twice per year, invites to networking and professional development talks and events and access to volunteering opportunities. For more information see www.surrey.ac.uk/alumni
The University of Surrey has achieved high ratings in The Times employment league table for several years.
Surrey graduates are among the most employable of any UK university. No other university can match our consistently high performance in the job league tables. Almost all our postgraduates find work or are undertaking further study within six months of finishing their degrees.
Our MSc Food Management graduates have gone on to careers in a number of sectors including retail, airline catering, food-related consultancy, academic research posts and product development in the food industry, and some have achieved very senior positions. In addition, a number of students have gone on to complete PhDs both at Surrey and elsewhere.