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Food and Beverage Science MSc/Diploma/Certificate

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The MSc in Food and Beverage Science has been introduced specifically for students who have wide-ranging interests in the food, beverage and life sciences and who would like to design a programme tailored to meet their individual needs. With support from the Programme Director, students will be able to select from the widest range of options available to students on any of the programmes within the Postgraduate Biology (Food and Beverage Sciences) Programme. The portfolio of optional courses includes topics in the food and alcoholic beverage sciences (from biotechnology and dairy science through to the principles of alcohol beverage technology and beer maturation), business management, quality assurance and in environmental and molecular biology.

Programme duration

MSc programmes last for one year (September to August inclusive) and include a substantial research project. The Diploma covers the same classes as the MSc but lasts for just 9 months (September to May inclusive). Students admitted to the Diploma programme and who perform well in the taught courses may be invited to transfer to the MSc programme.

Programme content

  • Project Studies
  • Research Project (MSc only)

Students select a further seven courses from a pool of over twenty options.

Topic options include:

  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Alcohol Beverage Technology
  • Cereals, Malting and Mashing
  • Management in the Food and Beverage Industries

Your career

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Entry requirements

This programme prepares students with a flexible high quality approach to postgraduate learning which offers the potential for enhanced career progression within the food and beverage industries.   For MSc entry, candidates must have a First or Second Class Honours Degree in a suitable science or engineering subject (for example, Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Chemical/Mechanical Engineering).   For Diploma entry, candidates must hold a degree, preferably at Honours level, but lesser qualifications, including substantial relevant work experience, will be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / Non-UK EU£5100
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5100

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Scholarships & bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships and postgraduate research scholarships.