MSc by Research Food Science
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Full time, Part time
Earliest start date
This MSc by Research in Food Science at the University of Lincoln's National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) provides graduates with the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding, and expertise in their chosen field of food science research.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to study the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food; the causes of food deterioration; and the concepts underlying food processing. Students can gain the experience of applying chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and engineering to the study of food to improve the safety, nutrition, wholesomeness, and availability of food. They can develop broad skills in relevant areas of food analysis, food chemistry, food microbiology, product development, quality and safety systems, food manufacturing digitalization (including robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual /augmented reality, sustainability, and technical management.
Depending on their area of specialization, students can develop ways to process, preserve, package, and /or store food according to industry and government specifications and regulations. A key aspect of the research experience will be exposure to the broad sweep of today's food science research.
"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"
How You Study
Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of students' time will be spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on their own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of programme.
Where You Will Study
The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is a satellite campus based 50 miles from Lincoln in the heart of the UK’s largest food manufacturing cluster. Students are able to benefit from these close links to industry and outstanding specialist food facilities. Please note that the NCFM campus does not have residential facilities and our postgraduate students tend to find their own accommodation locally.
Research Areas and Topics
The key to success in a postgraduate research program is to find a research topic that you are passionate about and identify a supervisory team that has expertise in this area. The flexible nature of this Master's provides students with the opportunity to undertake research in an area that interests them or is relevant to their current employment.
NCFM's research expertise includes food chemistry, microbiology, product development, quality and safety systems, food manufacturing digitalization (including robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual/augmented reality), sustainability, and technical management.
Research conducted by postgraduate students in the Centre has had practical applications in improving safety, quality, and efficiency in food manufacturing. Previous research project areas have included food safety and quality assurance, sensory analysis, packaging systems, food manufacturing technologies, resource efficiency, process automation, and robotic applications.
How You Are Assessed
A research degree is usually awarded based on the quality of a student's thesis and may include an oral examination (Viva Voce) to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic to a group of academics. Students are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theories or understanding.
A research programme provides the opportunity to become a true expert in your chosen field, while developing a range of valuable transferable skills than can support your career progression. A research-based degree is also the most direct pathway to an academic career. Research degrees are a great chance to expand your network and meet diverse people with similar interests, knowledge, and passion.
The University’s Doctoral School provides a focal point for Lincoln’s community of researchers, where ideas and experiences can be developed and shared across disciplines. It also oﬀers support and training to help equip you for both academic and non-academic careers.
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