UCC Postgraduate courses

Food Science

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Food Science

  • Code

    MFSTFS

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    MSc

  • EU Fees

    €6,880
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €22,600 (excluding €1,000 bench fee)

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates must be holders of a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary BSc honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent qualification, in a discipline with a significant element of laboratory science. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June.

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

The MSc (Food Science) is a full-time taught postgraduate programme running for 12 months from the date of first registration.

Course Requirements 

Modules will be chosen with the approval of the Programme Board depending on the student's background. 

Part I (60 credits total)

Core Modules (40 credits)

  • PG6001 STEPS - Scientific Training for Enhanced Postgraduate Studies (5 credits)
  • FE6101 Food Business: Markets and Policy (5 credits)
  • FS6101 Library Project in Food Science (10 credits)
  • FS6103 Novel Processing Technologies and Ingredients (5 credits)
  • FS3013 Protein and Lipids in Food Systems (5 credits)
  • FS6120 Cheese and Fermented Dairy Products (5 credits)
  • FS6121 Meat Science and Technology (5 credits)

Elective Modules

Students take 20 credits from the list below (or proportionately more on discussion with the Programme Team), subject to timetabling constraints, student background, available places in modules, and the requirement that no more than 15 credits of undergraduate-level modules are taken. In addition, the modules marked with an asterisk (*) are to be taken by all students unless they have taken these previously.

  • FE6902 Global Food Policy Issues (5 credits)
  • FS3602 Chemistry of Food Proteins (5 credits)*
  • FS3605 Macromolecules and Rheology (5 credits)
  • FS4014 Food Product Development and Innovation (5 credits)
  • FS4603 Advanced Analytical Methods (5 credits)
  • FS4606 Cereals and Related Beverages (5 credits)
  • MB4611 Microbial Food Safety (5 credits)*
  • MB6003 Functional Foods for Health (5 credits)
  • MB6114 Hygienic Production of Food (5 credits)
  • NT6102 Public Health Nutrition (5 credits)
  • NT6108 Sensory Analysis in Nutrition Research (5 credits)

Part II

  • FS6102 Dissertation in Food Science (30 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Assessment

The taught modules of this course are assessed by examination in Winter, Spring and Summer. The research aspect is assessed on the quality of a substantial written dissertation.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught by staff from the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Food Business and Development.

Why Choose This Course

I decided to do a taught Masters in Food Science because the modules were wide-ranging and gave a great insight into the different elements of the industry...

Conor Coughlan, MSc Graduate

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UCC has a history of nearly a century of teaching and research in the food sciences and is amongst Europe’s largest multidisciplinary education and research institutions with world-class academics working in all aspects of the food area. Our first-rate facilities include extensive and well-equipped laboratories and a large pilot plant with excellent dairy, meat and bakery facilities in addition to a modern pilot-scale brewery.

Skills and Careers Information

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • conduct original research in food science
  • demonstrate an understanding of scientific literature
  • apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in food science
  • explain the techniques used in food research, in both principle and practice
  • communicate effectively with the food industry and with society at large
  • show a comprehensive understanding of current food consumer and food industry trends

Requirements

Candidates must be holders of a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary BSc honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent qualification, in a discipline with a significant element of laboratory science. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications may be accepted subject to the approval of College under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,880.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €22,600 (excluding €1,000 bench fee).

Deposits

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application. 

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

Deposit

Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June.

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