Taught course

Food Science, Safety and Health

Heriot-Watt University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The programme is likely to appeal to students from a variety of academic and employment backgrounds and our entry requirements reflect the potential diversity of our candidates. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Food Science, Safety and Health is tailored to take advantage of the excellent career prospects available in the food industry. Producing, processing and marketing innovative consumer-ready foods which meet nutritional guidelines promotes a concomitant need for manufacturers to employ graduates with training in these areas or to provide advanced training to educate their technical or managerial professionals in emerging issues in the food and beverage sciences, nutrition and health.

As a student on the programme you can develop the knowledge and practical skills that are associated with key topics of food science through studying core courses in food chemistry, food microbiology and the management of food quality.

Information for international students

English language requirement IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the website
International students
Please refer to the website

Industrial funding; self-funding.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-84 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
distance learning
24-84 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Fowler R E
+44 (0)131 451 3155
+44 (0)131 451 3009