Food Technology for Industry - MSc/PgD/PgC (Online Distance Learning) 

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Course Overview

This online programme aims to develop food manufacturing industry staff, particularly those working in technical quality assurance and NPD, with specific reference and application to their own practice. This applied programme is intended to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills and competencies.

No attendance at the university is required for this programme.  Please click here for details about the Enhanced Learning Scheme and ELCAS funding.

Course Content

This programme is offered on a part time basis only. To obtain the MSc Food Technology for Industry, students will successfully complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This must include all core modules, including the dissertation/enterprise component. Students will be able to access the modules, which will be periodically released (it is expected to release two or three per academic year in the first instance), at their own convenience, and on occasion, each student will take part in an online discussion. This will enable interaction between the students and the tutor as well as within the cohort, thus encouraging the creation of an identity for the cohort, sharing learning experiences.

Core Modules (credit value):

• Global Food Safety (20)
• Global Food Quality Management Systems (20)
• Research Methods (20)
• Food Legislation (20)
• Dissertation OR Enterprise project (60)

Optional Modules:

• Nutrition (20)
• Hygienic Design for the Food Manufacturer (20)
• New Product Development (20)

Choice of Commodity Technologies Modules:

• Meat and Fish Technology (10)
• Dairy Technology (10)
• Baking Technology (10)
• Confectionery Technology (10)
• Food Packaging (10)

Please see the programme website for more information on how many credits are required for a Masters, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate -

It is possible to complete single modules on request.

Employability & Careers

The programme provides the potential for current and aspiring technical and NPD staff including QAs and technologists in the industry to expand their knowledge and skills in areas they would like to move into as a career progression within a larger company or perhaps providing a smaller company with much needed development for a successful and certain future.

Entry Requirements

BSc in Food Science/Technology or relevant honours degree in science; however, candidates with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered, particularly if they are able to meet the ‘relevant experience’ criterion below.

In addition, all candidates must normally be able to demonstrate a minimum of 3 years experience in a relevant setting. The applied nature of the programme and the emphasis on critical reflection requires candidates to have relevant experience on which they can focus and develop their studies.

All candidates must be working in a food and/or drink manufacturing environment or have access to one, to enable them to apply the practical elements of the assignments.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
The full MSc studied part time must be completed within in five years; however it is possible to complete this qualification in two calendar years. Enrolment onto this course is available 4 times a year.

This course is delivered online via Moodle software incorporating software such as Google+, Adobe Connect and Adobe Presenter.

This is a distance learning programme and the learning approaches place a strong emphasis on application of theoretical structure to real problems and situations. To reflect the applied nature of study, teaching and assessment will focus on case studies, exercises and scenarios reflecting actual issues in food companies in which the students are located.

Selection Procedure:
A written application is required initially, which may be supplemented by an interview to follow (via telephone or online means).

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on fees and the financial support that may be available to Wales based applicants, please contact Leanne Ellis at or on 029 2020 1192. Modules are £250.00 per 10 credits, pro rata for none Welsh based or ineligible applicants.

Funding is currently available for Welsh applicants for up to 3 complete modules via the Food Industry Learning Online Programme (FILO). For more information go to

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries please contact the programme leader, Vitti Allender:
Tel: 029 2041 6446

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website