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Glasgow Caledonian University

Food Bioscience

Demand is growing across the world for experts in food science, and GCU's MSc Food Bioscience produces highly trained graduates to meet this demand. Through this programme, you will explore the fascinating world of food science and gain the skills for a rewarding career.

Whether by ensuring high standards in food safety, innovating preservation techniques, or boosting nutrition in kids' favourite foods, there are so many ways for food scientists to make a positive impact and support the common good.

The curriculum puts science first and educates students on the classical aspects of food science.
•Understand the inner workings of the food industry
•Learn what you'll need to know to succeed in a food industry career
•Develop independent investigative skills through a laboratory-based research project

Plus, with an independent research project that supports your individual interests and career goals, you'll build both practical skills and specialised expertise.

The department is home to a UKAS-accredited food science laboratory that supports practical investigation and real-world impact, contributing to the common good in our field and our community.

Our well-regarded faculty pursue a wide range of food science research:
•Food microbiology
•Food chemistry and composition
•Food texture and properties
•Food product development
•Carbohydrate biosynthesis
•Chemical and physical aspects of food
•Nutritional properties

Entry requirements

MSc: UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in food science or technology/biological sciences.. International students whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS test with a score of at least 6.0 (with no single element below 5.5) or another recognised qualification.

Course modules

Food Science; Skills for Professional Practice for Biosciences; Food Commodities; Food Microbiology and Biotechnology; Project and Workshop; Food Quality and Safety Assurance; Instrumental Techniques for Food Analysis; Food Toxicology; Research Project; and Industrial Placement.

Assessment methods

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Sponsorship information

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year. For up to date fee information for this programme, please visit


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,500 (Whole course) Channel Islands 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,500 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 12,980 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,500 (Whole course) Scotland 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,500 (Whole course) England 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,500 (Whole course) EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,500 (Whole course) Wales 1 Years

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