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The University of Reading is a leading international destination for higher degrees in food and nutritional sciences.

The breadth of our unique facilities and the quality of our expertise makes us an excellent choice for furthering your career in food and nutrition to postgraduate level. With all specialities of the field covered by one department, you will find an excellent opportunity to obtain a valuable master's degree whatever your interests.

By the time you get to postgraduate study, you'll probably have a firm idea of your career direction. The options available for master's study in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences offer routes into every area of the food sector.

MSc Food Science

Our MSc Food Science degree – devised in consultation with industry – is designed to widen your skill set and boost your employability. You'll build your knowledge of food science and product development in our extensive, industry-standard facilities.

MSc Nutrition and Food Science

Explore the scientific aspects of food and nutrition, and assess the wider implications of diet on health and wellbeing, with our MSc Food Science and Nutrition degree.

MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance

Learn the science behind food safety and study advanced quality assurance systems with our MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance degree.

" 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 Programmes

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 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.