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Food Innovation with Industrial Practice, MSc

Our two-year Master’s in Food Innovation with Industrial Practice will suit graduates who are looking for careers developing safe and sustainable food within the supply chain.

The food supply chain faces a series of global issues concerning sustainability and innovation. This course encourages you to develop solutions to these real-world problems. You'll discover the importance of developing new ingredients and products for safe and wholesome foods and how to enhance sustainability and creativity within food supply chains.

The course draws from a broad range of areas. These include marketing and management, risk analysis for agriculture and environment, climate change, packaging, human nutrition and public health, food microbiology and biochemistry, food safety, and quality assurance. You'll study Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) modules recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health.

This Food Innovation course includes a one-year internship with a relevant employer in a field of your interest. It prepares you for managerial roles along the food supply chain, in government legislation or enforcement, in food supply and manufacture, or in hospitality and retail. It will also benefit entrepreneurs who want to develop their own food-based businesses. The course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

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Department

School of Science

Campus

Medway

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September and January

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What you should know about this course

  • Combine study with practical elements for careers in product development science.
  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology
  • This two-year course includes an independent research project and a one-year internship.
  • You are responsible for securing your placement (with our help). But if this is not completed, you can still graduate with an award without industrial practice.
  • This course is taught at our Medway Campus in Kent

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What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

We hold high professional standards and place the student experience at the heart of all we do. We have over 80 academics publishing work of internationally leading quality, with 22 professors involved in leading research. Many of our staff have become Fellows, Senior Fellows and Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

The course leaders are Dr Nazanin Zand and Dr Linda Nicolaides.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor's honours degree (UK equivalent) class 2:2 or above (or an overseas equivalent). 

If there is no degree relevant, a professional qualification and experience in the field of food science and technology may be acceptable.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered. Please email the Programme Leader at fes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

In some cases, it may be possible to consider your prior learning and experience. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Please note: there is no reduction in fees.

How you will learn

Teaching

This course is taught by lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises, with the use of practical case studies. You'll gain teamwork experience to simulate an industrial setting as well as the critical thinking and problem-solving abilities which are important for modern pharmaceutical practice.

Class sizes

We restrict our class sizes to enhance the learning experience of students. Class size is dependent on your choice of modules.

Independent learning

Our courses are designed to give you the space for exploratory and independent study. You'll work towards individual and group assignments and undertake the preparation/follow-up work associated with lectures, seminars, integrative assignments and laboratory classes.

A research skills module will shape your approach to independent learning, especially for your research project.

We encourage students to take advantage of a range of related extra-curricular opportunities available within the university and elsewhere.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

For the industrial practice module, you are expected to study for around 600 hours during the placement - around 13 hours a week in addition to the time spent at work. That is generally the minimum amount of time you will need to spend reading, note taking and writing to cover the necessary material and produce the assessment. 

If English is not your first language, it may take longer to cover the same amount of material.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as: 

  • Classroom presentations, discussions and case-studies
  • Critical reviews, looking at new areas of research 
  • Examinations.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The industrial placement lasts approximately one year. This is an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and experience you've gained during the first year of the master's course plus any previous study or experience. You'll be able to engage with current industrial systems, processes and practices, which contribute to your professional development as a manager in the food sector.

Our Faculty Employability Team provides support and guidance. We work with a organisation that specialises in helping students to secure an industrial placement. However, it is your responsibility to secure the placement for your second year. This could be with a local or international employer in a relevant sector. If a placement is not secured, it will still be possible to graduate with an MSc in Food Innovation without Industrial Practice.

How long is my placement?

To complete the MSc with Industrial Practice, you must complete 11 months of full-time industrial experience in addition to the 12-month taught course.

Mentors

A workplace mentor supports you throughout your placement year. Your mentor helps you to set objectives and goals and ensures you receive appropriate training. 

You are also allocated an academic mentor, who monitors your study progress and arranges a visit/call with you and your workplace mentor during the placement year to ensure it is running smoothly.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from this course emerge with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers at government level, working in competent authorities. They can also pursue careers in the food industry as food technologists, including product development, or in the hospitality sector.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities.

Other members of the team help you to develop your knowledge of job markets, produce effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, and prepare for job applications and interviews.

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Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

The course leader has the overall responsibility for your course and will be your first point of contact.

We also allocate you a personal tutor, who you meet soon after you join the department. Their role is to support your personal and academic development and act as your point of contact for queries or problems. Workplace mentors are also allocated in the second year.

Support from the department

We help new students over the first few weeks with our faculty and department induction. We'll also help you discover the academic and social landscape at Medway Campus.

Accommodation information

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.