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Food Science and Nutrition

University of Leeds

UCAS Course code DB65


One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer a Food Science and Nutrition integrated Masters programme that will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific aspects of food science and nutrition and the wider implications of diet on our health and wellbeing.

This course provides a balanced curriculum exploring the applications of pure sciences to food whilst also covering aspects of how a number of food components affect health. The breadth of topics you’ll study will allow you to appreciate the key positions of food in society, health and well-being, as well as in the manufacture, marketing and retailing of foods. You’ll also build knowledge of related laws and regulations.

At the interface between food science and nutrition, graduates will be key in the development of new healthy eating trends. You’ll develop a broad skillset and receive the intellectual training needed to enter a range of careers.

Year 1 introduces you to the major sources of food and their history, current trends in consumption, and key industrial processing operations. You’ll study food chemistry and develop your laboratory and experimentation skills. In addition, you’ll be introduced to microbiology, human physiology and nutrition; these modules allow you to gain a practical understanding of how food affects health and wellbeing, and appreciate the role of food as a carrier of nutrients

Year 2 modules deepen your understanding of food texture, flavour and taste. You’ll be introduced to the theory behind new product development, with an emphasis on the study of how food components affect the chemical and microbiological safety of food. You’ll come to understand in more detail the science behind diet and health outcomes and will examine the elements and concepts of food allergy.

In your third year you will apply your skills to designing new foods, from concept through formulation and processing, through to sensory evaluation, packaging and marketing. Your team project, based on new product development (NPD), will explore the role of food scientists and of nutritionists in developing and marketing novel healthy foods to fill gaps in the present market and to meet new demands for healthy foods. You will deepen your understanding of how foods can affect health through topics that may include food and cancer, diet and cardiovascular health and functional foods.

In your final year you will undertake an extended individual research project; you will be given a choice of topics to investigate in the School or have been suggested by a food organisation. You will also develop problem solving skills through an interactive module in which you will assess the properties of foods on the market and how their ingredients give the food its desirable tastes and textures, and then investigate how to improve the nutritional profile without changing the taste and texture of the food. You will also be given a choice of modules that will allow you to extend your knowledge in a field of your choice that may include biotechnology, effects of processing on nutrition, and nutrition.

Award: MSci
Professional Qualification
4 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

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University Ranking

Times HE UK: 20

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