Why choose this course
Our MSc Food Science course will give you a firm grasp on food science and the dramatic implications it can have on human health and disease. Our food science courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and the Complete University Guide 2021.
This course is taught by leading experts at the frontline of applied research, ensuring everything you learn is relevant and valued by employers. In recent years, our researchers have explored the important role of probiotics, sugar replacers and phytonutrients in foods. They’ve also helped prove the positive effects of good nutrition and the protective role it can play in reducing the risk of age-related disease outcomes.
We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of our teaching and research excellence in the field of food and nutrition.
What you will study
We’ll develop your knowledge and scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this dynamic and vibrant discipline with a focus on new product development and food microbiology.
You'll gain a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition. Our teaching emphasises the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, supported by a full appreciation for the nutritional and microbial mechanisms involved.
You’ll develop the necessary research skills and industry links required to pursue a successful and rewarding career in the growing area of food science.
As a food science student, you’ll get access to our multi-million pound laboratories, kitted out with some of the latest equipment. You’ll use this to enhance your practical skills, which are essential in a research career.
We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You'll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers within their respective fields. These may include Dr Barbara Fielding, an expert in lipid metabolism and isotope tracers, and Dr Jorge Gutierrez-Merino, an expert in microbes and the role they play in the food chain.
You’ll be invited to join one of our research groups, which include the Section of Metabolic Medicine, Food and Macronutrients, and the Section of Public Health and Food Security. You’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and will also benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work, and a collection of seminars and workshops, allowing you to network with likeminded individuals.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our graduates often start or continue careers as professionals within the food industry and its associated agencies. They typically take on roles as product developers, food analysts, regulatory specialists and process technologists. Some also work in quality assurance or progress further in the nutrition industry.
Many of our graduates also go on to complete a PhD with us, joining a community of research-active staff and postgraduate researchers.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
This course is subject to validation therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in a relevant subject.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.