Professor Susan Dewar
+44 (0) 131 451 3457
The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Food Science, Safety and Health is tailored to take advantage of the excellent career prospects available in the food industry. This programme provides students with a flexible, high-quality approach to postgraduate learning which offers the potential for enhanced career progression within the food industry. Students undertaking this programme will develop their knowledge and understanding of modern food and beverage science, manufacturing and business.
The programme is closely aligned with the needs of the industry and is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology, UK. Key areas, such as hazard analysis and the legal framework for food production, are fully covered so that graduates are well equipped for careers in both the technical and managerial aspects of food production. The core courses explore fundamental principles and innovative practices so that those undertaking this training can apply their knowledge proficiently to safety, quality and the microbiological issues in the food and beverage manufacturing and related industries.
MSc programmes last for one year (September to August inclusive) and include a substantial research project. The Diploma covers the same classes as the MSc but lasts for just 9 months (September to May inclusive). Students admitted to the Diploma programme and who perform well in the taught courses may be invited to transfer to the MSc programme.
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology.
The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe and the only professional body in the UK concerned with all aspects of food science and technology.
Course contentDetailed course guide
- Food Microbiology
- Project Studies
- Rapid Detection and Identification of Bacteria in Food and Clinical Laboratories
- Food Quality, Safety and Toxicology
- Research Project (MSc only)
This programme provides students with a flexible high quality approach to postgraduate learning which offers the potential for enhanced career progression within the food industry. For MSc entry, candidates must have a First or Second Class Honours Degree in a suitable science or engineering subject (for example, Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Chemical/Mechanical Engineering). For Diploma entry, candidates must hold a degree, preferably at Honours level, but lesser qualifications, including substantial relevant work experience, will be considered.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Heriot-Watt University is committed to providing opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Prior learning at postgraduate level is normally recognised to gain exemption from individual courses within a programme based on an existing academic qualification. Note that the prior learning must have been rated at the level of the courses for which RPL is sought, yet credits from an award already held by an applicant can only contribute to a higher award in the same discipline, e.g. from PG Diploma to MSc. If you believe that you qualify for RPL, please contact the Learning & Teaching Support Team via firstname.lastname@example.org, who will guide you through the RPL application procedure.
The school will only consider students' requests for RPL at the time of application for their programme of study.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your programme of study:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Fees & funding
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£5200||£2600||£650|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£5200||£2600||£650|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
** Fee per course
Additional fees information
** Course - £1,100, Dissertation - £2,400
Scholarships & bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.