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Food Science & Technology Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC

The food industry in the United Kingdom has developed a world-renown reputation for the production of exceptional quality, safe, wholesome products. To maintain this position in the global market, it is vital that the workforce is equally competent and highly skilled.

The Masters of Food Science and Technology at Cardiff Met has been designed to provide you with professional training combining comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge within the fields of food science and food technology. It is ideal for students and professionals seeking to expand their career prospects into a wide range of food manufacturing, commercial, government or research roles in the broad field of food science and food technology.

Students will be presented with tasks to develop and strengthen their knowledge, leadership, research and problem-solving skills in order to meet the global challenges associated within all aspects of the food industry, from farm to fork.

The university is home to the Zero2Five Food Industry Centre, a leading centre of excellence that provides food businesses with technical, operational and commercial support to enable them to compete more effectively. The Centre has an international reputation for food safety research and provides expertise, training and advice to the food industry, and students undertaking this degree will benefit from the close association and expertise from the Centre and staff.

​Course Content​​

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 Technology with Food Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Food Technology with Food Safety Management
  • Food technology with Food Innovation and Product Development

2-Year Full Time Programme with Internship

  • Food Science and Technology with Food Chemistry and Biochemistry (Industry)
  • Food Science and Technology with Food Safety Management (Industry)
  • Food Science and Technology with Food Innovation and Development (Industry)

Core Modules include:

  • Global Food Safety
  • Global Food Quality Management Systems
  • Global Food Product Conformity
  • Applied Research Methods and Design
  • Research Project (dissertation)
  • Industry Placement (for Industry pathway)

Pathway Modules (can only choose ONE pathway):

  • Food Chemistry and Biochemistry:
    Food Chemistry and Biochemistry Analysis and Examination of Food

  • Food Safety Management:
    Crisis Management Risk Perception, Assessment and Communication

  • Food Product Development:
    Food Product Development Processing Technology

Research Project/Dissertation:
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.

Degree Structure:
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) – 12 weeks* teaching
  • Term three (Apr - May) – 1 week revision, followed by 3 weeks' examinations (if applicable)
  • Summer (June - Sept) – No formal lectures. Students can use this time to conduct research, write up/submit their research dissertation

*Please note, term durations may alter slightly depending on when national holidays fall.

Course Duration​

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 up to 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
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • 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.

Selection Procedure:
Applicant who are judged to meet the required threshold for entry, will be invited to engage with a pre-offer task that will enable them to further explain their motivations for choosing the programme, their passion for the subject, and their aptitude and commitment for study at master level. 

International Applicants
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

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 RPL page.

Additional Information

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

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 Director, Anita Setarehnejad on email

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Full-time programme – 12 months / 24 months (with work placement/internship*)

Part-time programme – 24 months

Exploring the world of Food Science with New Product Development

Read about how MSc Food Science & Technology student Wajeeha was able to expand her technical knowledge and develop new food products on the programme.
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