Food Innovation, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Our programme can enhance your existing practical skills and applied knowledge.
  • Study part-time and combine learning with work commitments to continue your personal development.
  • Students with a background in biology, chemistry, nutrition, biotechnology and hospitality are encouraged to apply.

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1 years full time

2-3 years part time



This programme has been designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of key steps in the development and launch of new ingredients and products to contribute to healthy living and lifestyles. It is based upon the strengths and expertise of staff working in the Faculty of Engineering and Science, e.g. human nutrition and public health, food chemistry and biochemistry, functional foods, marketing and economics, new product and process development, food packaging, food safety and quality management, food legislation, applied food microbiology, creative thinking, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

This programme is aimed at graduates who want to develop a career path in the food industry in the area of product development, for students who have not followed an undergraduate programme in food science or technology, and for professionals working in the food industry who want to participate in the programme, either in a part-time mode or by following a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) route. Students with backgrounds in Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Biotechnology and Hospitality are encouraged to join the programme.

This new programme is intended to prepare graduates from a life science or catering background for careers as professional Product Development Scientists, based upon a clear understanding and competency of science-based subjects.

Please note that as part of the compulsory courses below students will sit the Level 3 award in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) for Food Manufacturing course offered by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Innovate and find practical solutions in value added activities
  • Develop insight into the development of healthy and nutritious food
  • Provide the ability to enhance creativity and sustainability within the food chain
  • Enhance employability skills and tools required by the food chain.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Entry requirements during Clearing

The University of Greenwich is taking applications for a range of courses during Clearing 2018. If you are not already holding an offer you can apply through Clearing now, call us on 020 8331 9000.

You can find all the programmes available during clearing on our clearing listings page.

What people say

"When I started the Food Innovation MSc at the University of Greenwich, I had no experience in the food development and manufacturing industry. Now, less than 12 months later, I have gained employment as a New Product Development Technologist. I could not have done this without the confidence and skills grown as a result of, and during, the course. The Food Innovation MSc helped me achieve a broad knowledge and understanding of different areas of the food industry including marketing, research and product development, risk analysis, and packaging. The awareness and appreciation of this wide range of areas meant I was able to impress my employers with understanding and skills, not only in new product development, but in all aspects of the innovation and development chain. The course also highlighted areas of the food innovation industry that I had not previously considered, such as packaging, creating awareness of different options and areas for career progression. All the subjects taught were varied, informative and full of useful topics which were all relevant and important to those considering embarking on a career in the food innovation and development industry." Jessica Craven

Extra information


Assessments will take the form of:

  • Examinations and essays
  • Class based tests
  • Presentations and tutorials
  • Reports of (tutor-led) laboratory and field-based activities
  • Reports of independent project work.


Graduates from this programme will have the knowledge and skills to pursue careers at government level, working in competent authorities; in the food industry as food technologists, including in the area of product development; or in hospitality sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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