Taught course

Culinary Innovation Management

Birkbeck, University of London · Birkbeck Business School

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Culinary Innovation Management, jointly delivered by Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary Arts Institute, is designed to develop future leaders in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. You will develop the professional skills required to undertake a wide range of roles in the culinary industry, including:
  • entrepreneurship
  • culinary arts and hospitality management
  • leadership and innovation in the area of food business.

Within the complex and evolving global culinary industry, there is an increasing need for businesses to develop solutions that will respond to consumer trends and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. With an emphasis on innovation within the field of culinary arts and management, this course prepares you to shape the future of the industry with a creative, sustainable and entrepreneurial approach.

We will examine culinary innovation, customer experience management, management and operational structure within a global context, with an emphasis on positive sustainable change and development within the business of food.

This MSc Culinary Innovation Management also gives you the opportunity to acquire in-depth applied insight into the operations of service-oriented businesses through the use of restaurant-simulation software. You will actively participate in business decisions, drawing on key concepts of operations management and their underpinning theories to grow a restaurant business. You will gain skills in critically assessing scenarios to identify and solve operational and strategic issues that may have an impact on customer relationships.

Please note: Applications to this course for October 2023 are now closed. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, should additional places become available, please .

  • This unique Master’s course combines the study of culinary arts, business and management in a global context with a focus on innovation, sustainability, customer experience and entrepreneurship.
  • Le Cordon Bleu London is a world-renowned network of educational institutions dedicated to providing the highest level of culinary and hospitality instruction through world-class courses. The school combines innovation with creativity and tradition through its Bachelor's and Master's degrees in business that focus on the demands of a growing international hospitality industry.
  • Birkbeck is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available, as well as the Birkbeck Library and e-Library.
Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in the culinary industry, including:

  • product development
  • operations management
  • marketing
  • management positions in hospitality organisations
  • education and food writing
  • business development
  • start-up and corporate entrepreneurship.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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