Postgraduate study
This programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge and ability required to solve development and research challenges in the food industry.
MRes Food Sciences
1 year full-time
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Sutton Bonington Campus



Food sciences sits at the interface of chemistry, physics, biology, nutrition and engineering. If you have already graduated in food or 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 industry and and allied industries such as cosmetics and pharmacy. Graduates from this degree should have a wide spectrum of job opportunities.

You will acquire advanced understanding of food sciences enabling you to face product development and technical challenges encountered in the food industry to manufacture high quality foods. 

This course includes a laboratory and/or pilot production facility based research project.  Most projects will be integrated with an industrial sponsor, although others will be available. Project proposals by applicants to the course will be considered.

Key facts 

  • The course is co-ordinated by the School of Biosciences's research group in Food Sciences.
  • The school is ranked the no. 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

Full course details

This MRes requires 180 credits for completion, within one year of full-time supervised study or a maximum of two years part-time supervised study. You will study specific training modules in food sciences and related industries and modules in other generic training up to 60 credits.  

Your research project (accounting for 120-140 credits) will be laboratory and/or pilot production facility based. Most projects will be integrated with an industrial sponsor; other projects will be closely aligned to topical research in food sciences.  This will be carried out at Sutton Bonington Campus or at your place of employment. 

Course venue

The school is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and to Nottingham City, with free bus service connections between campuses. Two other major UK cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7Km away, plus there are fast rail links to London close by.



Compulsory taught module

Food Topics 2 (ATP) (20 credits)

Food Topics will offer a variety of one-day workshops, covering the breadth of raw materials through to production and assessment, deemed to be of relevant interest to the food industry. Subjects covered include sensory science, emulsions, thickeners, product design, flavour, salt, sugar and fat reduction, starch, labelling and statistics. Students can choose from the available list of topics. A choice of 10 workshops with relevant assessment will constitute 20 credits.

Other compulsory training

Generic modules may be chosen from the Research Training Programme run by the School of Biosciences, the University's Graduate School and other areas within the University.

Typical modules include:

  • Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists 
  • Preservation, Quality and Manufacture of Food
  • Food Factory Designs and Operations
  • Food and Factory Design
  • Organisational concepts for Biomaterial Trading
  • Consumer Studies and Market Research
  • Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules
  • Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Biomolecular Sciences

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK/EU students

School of Biosciences Awards and Funding may be available for some taught postgraduate courses

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research, these are, the Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. 

International students

International students (outside the European Union) are advised to apply early (October – February) in the academic year to ensure consideration for available scholarships (ORS, International Office). However, as competition for international scholarships is very fierce students are advised also to seek out scholarship opportunities from within their own countries, or agencies such as the World Bank, British Council or ACU.

International students should contact their nearest British Council Office or embassy for advice on financial assistance.

DFID Awards are available for international applicants from developing countries. See the Association of Commonwealth Universities Web pages International applicants for information on DFID awards.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

There is a shortage of individuals trained in a systematic approach to solving development and research challenges in the food industry and and allied industries. Graduates from this degree should have a wide spectrum of job opportunities.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £65,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers – ranked in the top 10 in The Graduate Market 2013-2019, High Fliers Research.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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