The MSc Food Science and Technology programme has been restructured to ensure it remains current, and ensures students receive the best possible education whilst studying at Cardiff Met University. As such, themes have been developed throughout the programme whereby modules have been structured to allow clear links between each route and career aspirations. A number of core modules will remain throughout the first term, however, students will then choose which pathway they wish to take, which will be recorded on their degree transcript. These include:
Food Chemistry and Biochemistry
Food Safety Management
Food Innovation and Product Development
Core Modules include:
Food Quality Management
Product Conformity and Labelling
Global Food Safety
Food Chemistry and Biochemistry:
Food Chemistry and Biochemistry
Food Analysis and Examination
Food Safety Management:
Risk Perception Analysis and Communication
Food Product Development:
Food Product Development
Food Processing Technology
A written dissertation is based on a project chosen by the student to reflect their interest in a specific field. All research projects are developed with the guidance of the programme director and an academic project supervisor, assigned based on the field of research chosen.
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.
The degree programme will be taught at the Cardiff Met Llandaff Campus, over one year (12 months) full-time, or two years part-time.
Term one (Sept - Dec) – 12 weeks* teaching
Term two (Jan - Mar) – 10 weeks* teaching
Term three (Apr - May) – 2 weeks teaching*, followed by 1 week revision, and 3 weeks' examinations
Summer (June - Sept) – No formal lectures. Students can use this time to write up/submit their research dissertation
*Please note, term durations may alter slightly depending on when national holidays fall.
Full-time programme – 12 months / 24 months (with work placement/internship*)
Part-time programme – 24 months
* = The two-year full-time MSc Food Science and Technology (with work placement/internship in 2nd year) is an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, experience and CV by spending one year within a food business. Although Cardiff Met cannot guarantee work placements/ internships, we can provide you with a range of support and guidance on how to find your own internship position.
Learning & Teaching
Lectures provide the opportunity to impart key information and point 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.
It is University policy to take reasonable steps to make reasonable adjustments so as to enable student's participation whilst 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 are used to test all aspects of a student's abilities, including:
- Closed (or open) book examinations
- Written assignments
- Practical/ laboratory reports
- Oral Presentations (individual/ group)
- Case studies
- Research project (dissertation)
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.
Written application which may be supplemented by an interview.
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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
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
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
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.
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.