M.Sc. On Campus

Food Science

University of Leeds

12 months
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The Food Science programme from University of Leeds will provide you with a broad knowledge of food science focusing on chemistry and biochemistry, whilst giving you the necessary background understanding of physics, mathematics, and biology to excel in this field.


With the advancement of food technology, food manufacture has allowed for enhanced food quality, improved food safety and increasingly competitive options for consumers. Developments in food production have also given way to consideration of the impact on food safety.

You will develop the ability to apply fundamental scientific concepts to understand and manipulate the complex characteristics of foods. The Food Science programme from University of Leeds will also allow you to challenge current issues in food production and issues arising from food safety.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the School go into careers in research, in the food industry, into regulatory and public bodies across the world, backed by the confidence and skills gained from studying at one of the leading schools of food science and nutrition internationally.

Our graduates are in big demand and food companies come to Leeds to recruit the best talent. Some of our past graduates hold key positions in the food industry and government agencies.

Here are some examples of the roles that our graduates are now in:

  • Quality Standards Technologist, Britvic Soft Drinks
  • Food Quality Inspector, Newsholme Food Group
  • Senior Food Technologist, Amy's Kitchen
  • Scientist - Beverage and Sweet, Kerry Asia Pacific
  • Quality Assurance Manager, Indian Foodtech Ltd.
  • Development Technologist, Premier Foods
  • Food Scientist, Newly Weds Food
  • Product Developer, CP Foods UK
  • Product Designer, ASDA
  • Product Technologist, Nestle

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Aspects of Food
  • Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety
  • Food Processing
  • Colloid and Dairy Science
  • Structure and Function of Food Components
  • Food Analysis
  • Research Project: Masters Students
  • Food Quality Assurance and Control

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (Hons) in a subject containing biology and chemistry content.
  • All key modules should also have strong grades (none below 2:2 UK equivalent). Please check your marks using international equivalent qualifications. We will ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript.
  • Food related industry and/or research experience is welcomed, but not essential, and can also be considered alongside a relevant science degree.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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