MSc Food Bioscience

Demand is growing across the world for experts in food science, and GCU’s MSc Food Bioscience produces highly trained graduates to meet this demand. Through this programme, you will explore the fascinating world of food science and gain the skills for a rewarding career.

Whether by ensuring high standards in food safety, innovating preservation techniques, or boosting nutrition in kids’ favourite foods, there are so many ways for food scientists to make a positive impact and support the common good.

The curriculum puts science first and educates students on the classical aspects of food science.

  • Understand the inner workings of the food industry
  • Learn what you’ll need to know to succeed in a food industry career
  • Develop independent investigative skills through a laboratory-based research project

Plus, with an independent research project that supports your individual interests and career goals, you’ll build both practical skills and specialised expertise.

The department is home to a UKAS-accredited food science laboratory that supports practical investigation and real-world impact, contributing to the common good in our field and our community.

Our well-regarded faculty pursue a wide range of food science research: 

  • Food microbiology
  • Food chemistry and composition
  • Food texture and properties
  • Food product development
  • Carbohydrate biosynthesis
  • Chemical and physical aspects of food
  • Nutritional properties  

Graduate prospects

As an expert in food science with practical, career-focused training, your job prospects will be excellent. Graduates can find work in a variety of areas, including food manufacturing, food processing, new product development and research, food safety process development, quality assurance and marketing.

Food Science; Skills for Professional Practice for Biosciences; Food Commodities; Food Microbiology and Biotechnology; Project and Workshop; Food Quality and Safety Assurance; Instrumental Techniques for Food Analysis; Food Toxicology; Research Project; and Industrial Placement.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Full Time
1 Year
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
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Typical entry requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in food science or technology/biological sciences.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

A key part of the curriculum is the three-month placement in the food industry, enabling you to put your knowledge to work in the real world. The MSc Food Bioscience programme will help you build skills for success in the food science industry, beginning with your first job.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £5500
RUK: £5500
EU: £5500
International: £12980

Tuition fees 2018/19

Home: £5500
RUK: £5500
EU: £5500
International: £12600

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

This is the only MSc in Food Bioscience in Scotland accredited by the IFST Institute for Food Science & Technology.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.