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  • Postgraduate study at our world-leading department

    For a healthier, tastier future

Master's Courses

At Reading, you will learn in a unique and world-leading environment to further your knowledge to postgraduate level. Reading is a leading international destination for higher degrees in food and nutritional science.

We recognise that by the time you look to postgraduate study you probably have a firm idea of your career direction. The options available for master's level study in our Department provide paths into every area of the food and nutritional sciences sector. Look at our MSc courses to see which is best suited to you.

our MSc programmes

MSc Food Science
MSc Nutrition and Food Science

MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance

Looking for 2022/23 courses?

If you would like to start studying Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Reading in 2022, please view our 2022/23 postgraduate courses.

" I really loved the challenge of learning the content, particularly the chemistry of foods and how this can be manipulated to reformulate products to have improved health outcomes. The lecturers are approachable and leaders in their fields, the facilities are outstanding and the staff make every effort to help you achieve your potential."

Faye Wheller

MSc Food Science graduate

Partnership msc progarmmes

MSc Sustainable Food Quality for Health

This unique course is specifically targeted at professionals currently working in the food and agricultural industries. This course is offered by the AgriFood Training Partnership, which is led by the University of Reading.

MSc Food Systems

Our new master’s in Food Systems is a part of a collaboration with EiT Food. This is a two-year master's programme that aims to promote a deep knowledge of the food system as an integrated value chain, whilst providing students with the opportunity to study at three academic institutions across Europe.

A unique environment to study

At Reading, you will have opportunities which simply do not exist in other institutions. Our Department is the largest of its kind in the UK and offers a wider range of facilities than any other, making Reading a place to gain unique expertise. Of special note are the internationally renowned Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, specialist laboratories for assessing human gut microflora and a large pilot plant for the development of food products.

How you will learn during our MSc programmes

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, problem-based learning and laboratory classes, all supported through our online virtual learning environment, to ensure that you receive a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical realities of the subject. Because of the Department's scale and prestige, you will learn from world-leading experts who are on the forefront of research. Authorities from numerous disciplines teach in our postgraduate programmes so that your MSc allows you to command knowledge from different aspects of the field. Subjects include food chemistry, human nutrition, food analysis, food microbiology, biotechnology, industrial food processing, sensory evaluation of food, and legislation - everything you will need to stand out in the field.

The course structure supports your individual learning:

Autumn term: Blended learning approaches support those with primary degrees outside of food and nutritional sciences, while still challenging those building on primary degrees in the discipline.

Spring term: Modules build on this learning and focus on food science innovation through case studies and product reformulation projects, informed by the latest research.

Summer term: Learning culminates in a research project that can be conducted at the University or with one of our industrial partners.

Enhance your research skills

In addition to taught modules, you will undertake a research project. With the guidance of world-class researchers, you will take part in projects which are often linked to our ground-breaking work within the field. This will not only help you develop your research skills, it will give you an edge in the food and nutrition sectors.

Enhancing your career in food and nutrition

The need for food and nutrition specialists is growing - this is after all a field which affects everyone from consumers to food producers and governments. Highly qualified food specialists are in demand, and that demand will increase with the addition of an MSc to your resume. The subjects covered in our courses will build on the knowledge gained during your undergraduate studies so that you leave with high-level, market-relevant knowledge.

100% of leavers were in graduate level roles 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; Postgraduate (Taught) responders from Food and Nutritional Sciences).*

"I plan to join the New Product Development Department of a food company in the future. I am learning skills such as team working, independent learning, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills to achieve my aspiration."

Liwen Zheng

MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance student

Requirements for study

Our Department is a world authority on food and nutritional sciences. As such, the quality of our courses is very high. A science background is essential, so an upper second class degree in a related subject is a minimum requirement.

Given the prestige of our Department and the global nature of the discipline, we receive lots of applications from international students. Due to the different nature of qualifications across the world, we will assess your qualifications and experience on an individual basis. You may also be required to complete an English language test if English is your second language.


​Visit us to discuss your MSc

We'd like to invite you to discuss your master's ambitions and career face to face. Attending a Master's Visit Afternoon is a great opportunity to learn more about our offering.

*Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

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