Taught course

Food Science (Food Biotechnology)

University of Leeds · School of Food Science and Nutrition

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a subject containing biology and chemistry content.

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) will be considered for candidates with food related industry and/or research experience.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Food Science (Food Biotechnology) MSc engages with issues at the very forefront of modern food production. Not only will you advance your knowledge of crucial areas within food science, health and sustainability, but you’ll also explore the origins of biotechnology, the legislation and social issues related to biotechnology in food and modern bioanalytical methods in biotechnology and food safety.

You’ll study in our School of Food Science and Nutrition at Leeds, which is home to world-leading research that has impacted key areas in the food industry. This research directly informs this MSc programme, meaning you’ll be learning the latest innovations and practices in food science from researchers and academics who work within the School’s research institutes and groups.

Once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the forward-thinking, relevant and topical knowledge sought after by global companies in industry. Plus, the extensive skill set you’ll build throughout the course will open the door to many diverse career opportunities in this in-demand field, including product research and development, quality assurance and nutrition.

Why study at Leeds:

  • This Masters degree is accredited by the Institution of Food Science and Technology.
  • Our globally-renowned research here at Leeds feeds into your course and shapes your learning with the latest thinking in areas such as biotechnology, food safety and sustainability.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry, including food processing, food biotechnology and food product design.
  • Conduct your own independent research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in investigating an exciting real-world problem, mirroring the type of work you’ll be conducting in your professional career.
  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and strong industrial links.
  • Access specialist facilities, including computerised sensory testing and electron microscopy facilities, texture analysers, tribometers as well as HPLC and GC analytical equipment.
  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in revered institutions worldwide including Unilever, Korea Food Research Institute and Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc.
  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Board.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 0347