Food Processing Centre. This pilot plant is unique to Reading. There is almost 1100m2 of floor space devoted to approximately £4m worth of equipment. Used primarily for teaching and learning, the plant contains processing equipment for food product development work. No other UK university offers what we do under one roof.
Flavour Centre. The Centre hosts facilities that enable you to gain comprehensive practical experience in taste and aroma analysis and flavour extraction.
We are proud of our research impact, 100% of which has been recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014 – Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science). As an MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance student, you will also have access to the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of food science and technology.
Gain valuable industry experience with MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance
Our MSc Food Technology – Quality Assurance is industry relevant, and the curriculum has been designed in consultation with industry. Designed to widen your skill set and boost employability, your case studies and project work will focus on current issues in the food sector. You will also complete a research project at the University or with one of our industry partners. This gives you the opportunity to embed your learning within, and gain exposure to, real life food technology working environments.
Build on your existing knowledge
This master’s course is for graduates of pure sciences – such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry and microbiology – or applied sciences. Examples of applied sciences degrees include:
If you’re unsure whether your degree counts as an applied science, please contact us via reading.ac.uk/question.
Your studies will build on your existing scientific knowledge and cover quality assurance, food chemistry, food analysis, and food processing.
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including:
You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: Applicants are typically required to have at least a lower second-class honours degree in a pure or applied science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. For MSc Nutrition and Food Science, your degree should have a significant element of biological science.
What will you study?
The course structure of our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance supports your individual learning.
This module provides a multidimensional understanding of the problem solving involved in the industrial development and production of food. You will apply scientific concepts to industry scenarios, checking for both quality and safety issues in food products.
Gain a systematic understanding of food manufacturing processes, including the basic concepts of food processing, how individual unit operations are applied in food commodities, and how these are integrated during commercial manufacturing. You will also benefit from hands-on pilot plant experience.
This module explores the key aspects of food composition that influence food quality. You will develop an understanding of the practical application of food analysis methodologies to the characterisation of chemical composition of foods.
Covering the multidisciplinary approach of food product reformulation, this module enables you understand ingredient selection and functionality, nutritional and quality attributes, technological processes, and health claims.
You will consider fundamental topics in relation to food control management, including: food manufacturing and retailing, food legislation and standards, national and international food control systems, and statistical methods in food quality assurance.
Using international guidance on the application of risk analysis to food, this module examines the separate components of risk analysis and how these are incorporated into control systems. You will undertake a problem-based learning task and apply risk analysis principles to a current food safety concern.
Learn how to undertake a detailed research project on an individual topic. Using a laboratory, the pilot plant, the sensory suite, or facilities available to you while in industry, you will collect and analyse data as an independent research scientist.
This module will help you to develop the skills required to complete an independent investigation into an aspect of research in the chemical sciences.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £9,500 per year
New international students: £20,600 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2021. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
4 scholarships of £5,000 each for international students offered admission to: MSc Nutrition and Food Science, MSc Food Science, or MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance.
For more information about these scholarships, as well as the University of Reading’s other master’s scholarships, please visit our master’s scholarships page.
You can apply for a scholarship once you hold an offer of admission for your course. If you are eligible for a scholarship, we will contact you to guide you through the process.
What career can you have?
Careers for MSc Food Technology graduates
An MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance degree offers a wide range of career options.
Food technologists, for example, ensure the safety and quality of food in the production, manufacturing and distribution stages. They are highly valued for their problem-solving and technical skills.
Many of our graduates have gone on to work in food in industry, government and education. The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. It’s responsible for adding £21.9bn to the gross value of the UK economy – and it needs new graduates to meet its recruitment needs.
Other graduates apply their research skills to pursue a higher degree through research and development in industry.
Read more about where our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance graduates are now
Liwen Zheng is confident that the skills and knowledge gained on her MSc will help to achieve her career goal — working in New Product Development within a food company.
Ruth Barnes is now completing her PhD at Reading. She is jointly funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and her industry partner, AgriCoat NatureSeal Ltd., as she tackles issues like food waste and food poisoning.