Food sciences sits at the interface of chemistry, physics, biology, nutrition and engineering. If you have already graduated in food, nutritional science or chemical engineering, this course offers the opportunity for further study in your chosen area.
There is a shortage of individuals trained in a systematic approach to solving development and research challenges in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
You will acquire advanced and fundamental understanding of food sciences enabling you to tackle product development and technical challenges. The research project can be based in a laboratory environment and/or pilot production facility. Projects may be integrated with an industrial sponsor, although a wide range of project areas are available, and you can put forward your own project proposals to be considered.
- The course is co-ordinated by the School of Biosciences and may involve supervision from academics in the area of food flavour, food structure and chemical engineering
- The school lead the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food (2013-2019)
- The course is delivered by the School of Biosciences and the Faculty of Engineering
- The school is ranked the number 1 research environment in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 – 97% of our work in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science was judged to be of international quality
Your research project (accounting for 160 credits) will be laboratory and/or pilot production facility based. This will be carried out at Sutton Bonington Campus or at your place of employment.
This MRes requires 180 credits for completion, within one year of full-time supervised study or a maximum of two years of part-time supervised study.
You will study a specific training module in food sciences worth 20 credits.
Advanced Practical Methods in Food Science
The aim of this module is to familiarise and gain experience with laboratory based techniques employed in the food industry in quality control and/or research and development. For each technique, the analytical principle will be taught alongside potential applications of this technique to food materials. Techniques covered include texture analyser, particle size, rheology, spectroscopy, flavour analysis and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
The Food Sciences Building contains modern equipment for the physio-chemical analysis of food and food structure, including mass spectrometry, high speed preparative and analytical ultra centrifuges, instruments for studying X-ray and light scattering, NMR and an extensive array of rheological techniques.
The food microbiology laboratories are fully equipped to carry out modern molecular and microbial techniques and include proteomic equipment and an ACGM Category 3 laboratory for genetic manipulation work.
Specialised imaging equipment, including a photon video imaging system, is used in the development of novel approaches to microbiological research. Investigation of fundamental principles of food structure, flavour chemistry and safety has resulted in major links with industrial partners.
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The school believes that formal training and guidance are critical components of the postgraduate experience and have developed specific and generic training which are available for all postgraduates.
Project-related training is provided by the supervisors and other staff within the school. You will have frequent contact with your supervisor, often on a weekly or even daily basis, and there is a formal requirement for at least 10 recorded meetings per year.
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You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
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- counselling service
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The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
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The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
For all of our research degrees, the first step is to identify one or more supervisors you would like to work with.
To do this, look through our academic staff research interests. We strongly encourage contacting supervisors before making a formal application, to discuss potential research projects and to ensure the best application possible.
Once you have confirmed supervisors, please name them on your application form.
Careers and professional development
At Nottingham, our teaching incorporates a wide set of core competencies which we have developed through our work with industry and the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Ensuring that you graduate with the skills to succeed in your chosen career. This has also shaped the way we design and carry out our research projects.
Average starting salary and career progression
100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £65,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
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Government loans for masters courses
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We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.