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Study a graduate program in food science

What will I study in a graduate food science program?

Interested in how we manufacture our crops? Want to make advancements that will help feed the world and end food poverty? How about simply interested in making sure we get the best diet and nutrition possible? If any of these topics appeal, a graduate food science program could be for you.
 
A postgraduate course in food science will deepen your knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of food science, from food processing, safety and quality through to statistics and sensory perception.

Length of program

The length of a graduate food science program depends on the course, country and institution you choose to study in. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In order to get onto a graduate food science program, you will normally have to have an undergraduate degree in a related field and a high level qualification in science.  

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

Graduates from food science and nutrition postgraduate courses are in strong demand and have some of the best employment prospects among science graduates, after those that study medical and engineering related subjects.

Technological advances mean that food science roles are evolving constantly. Many postgraduate go on to work in key positions in quality assurance, food manufacturing, research and environmental services.

Going into academia and taking a PhD or further study is also a popular route.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Food technologist
  • Product development scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Production manager

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate food science programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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