Food Science & Technology - MSc/PgD/PgC


Course Overview

The programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and practitioners in a range of sectors. The programme combines theoretical studies and practical elements, which can be applied in the modern food processing and management.

The overall aim of this programme is to provide a high quality and professionally relevant curriculum, which will develop graduates with scientific and technical knowledge in the field of food science and technology.

​Course Content​​

There are two main pathways for this MSc, one focuses on Food Safety & Technology, the other on Food Production Management

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

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

Modules offered as a guide:

  • Technology & Quality Policy (taught only for Food Production Management pathway)

  • Biochemistry & Food Analysis (taught only for the Food Safety & Technology pathway)

​The modules below are taught in both pathways

  • Food Technology & Biotechnology

  • Applied Research Methods & Design

  • Independent Study

  • Sustainable Food Issues

  • Food Safety Management

  • Food Quality Management & Quality Assurance

  • Food Product Conformity & Labelling


A written dissertation is based on a project chosen by the candidates to reflect their interest in a specific field. This is coordinated through the programme director and an academic member of staff is assigned to supervise the student for a successful conclusion of the project. ​

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 seminar sessions as a means of helping students to develop analytical and critical appraisal skills.
Students will be given an opportunity to discuss their choice of pathway with the Programme Director. This consultation and advice is given during the induction period and the first two weeks of the start of the autumn term.

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. ​


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

Employability & Careers​

The programme provides the potential for graduates to progress within the food industry, undertake research in food science and technology or nutrition, or to work in other areas of Food safety and quality management. 

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

BSc 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 will also be considered.

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

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

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

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

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, Dr Ara Kanekanian:
Tel: 029 2041 6449​

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