Food Microbiology, M.Sc. | University College Cork | Cork, Ireland
12 months
23100 EUR/year
6880 EUR/year
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Food Microbiology MSc, University College Cork covers the breadth of classical and modern food microbiology, including food safety and spoilage; food fermentation; food biotechnology; hygienic production of food; the impact of diet on health; the molecular mechanisms of infectious microbes and the role of the gut microbiota in human health.


Food is necessary for human survival, is an important source of pleasure, and plays an enormous role in the global economy. Microbes play an essential role in food preservation and safety, food for health and food biotechnology. These are growing areas in all global economies. University College Cork Microbiology has established a global reputation in food microbiology, based on its research profile and the impact of its graduates in the food industry.

Learning outcomes

With Food Microbiology MSc, University College Cork, students may also wish to take advantage of the limited number of optional industry placements which are available on this course for the research dissertation.

Much of the course is delivered by active research staff who are global leaders in a number of food microbiology fields (microbiological safety of foods, food/milk fermentation, probiotics, and bacteriocins). Our first-rate facilities include extensive, well equipped laboratories with state of the art analytical/technology platforms.

Programme Structure


  • Food Fermentation and Mycology 
  • Microbial Food Safety 
  • Food Biotechnology 
  • Hygienic Production of Food 
  • Functional Foods for Health 
  • Analytical Food Microbiology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Lower Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates must be holders of a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours BSc degree (NFQ, Level 8), or equivalent qualification, in a discipline with a significant element of laboratory science. 
  • However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications may be accepted subject to the approval of College under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in his/her primary degree or interview.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6880 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cork

860 - 1400 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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