Food Science

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.

Why Choose This Course

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.

Entry requirements


Candidates must be holders of an honours BSc degree, or equivalent qualification, in a discipline with a significant element of laboratory science, with a minimum of Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications may be accepted subject to the approval of College.

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.

For more information please contact the International Office.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Dr Seamus O'Mahony


t: +353 21 4903625

Subjects taught

Part 1

Students take 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules

Students take 40 credits as follows:

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)

FS6108 Advances in Food Formulation Science and Technology (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 2

FS6102 Dissertation in Food Science (30 credits)


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

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.

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:

For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020

Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020

Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020

Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020

Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

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