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Food and Drink Innovation MSc


Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2017.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Food Packaging Food Science

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2017.

This course offers students an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of a chosen specialism within food and drink innovation. It offers a unique postgraduate experience, specifically designed in discussion with industry bodies - Scotland Food and Drink, Skills Development Scotland, and Interface Food and Drink. As postgraduate students, highly talented individuals will work in mixed-discipline teams to develop innovative solutions pertinent to challenges faced in the contemporary food and drink industry. During the course of your studies you will ultimately be expected to demonstrate applied excellence in your specialist area, as well as professionalism, flexibility, the ability to adapt in team working situations, and creativity and innovation towards product development. This intensive programme will expose you to a breadth of practice encountered in the food and drink industry, ideally preparing you for an exciting and creative career in a vibrant and expanding sector. To drive sector growth, product development and export, the industry requires creative professionals from a range of discipline and experiential backgrounds, with experience in developing innovative solutions for industry. Scotland must boost its capacity and capability to innovate in our increasingly complex, interconnected, dynamic and globally competitive world. The MSc can provide the necessary grounding for a career in the food and drink industry – it gives students real exposure to industry professionals and development practice at an advanced level.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2017.

Full time | Abertay University | 1 year | 28-AUG-17

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2017.

Packaging and sustainability for the food and drink industry

In this module you will learn how to critically appraise the science and research underpinning food packaging and sustainability development within the industry; Design and evaluate an “ideal” food packaging solution, considering the food product itself (composition, quality and safety) and sustainability. Critically evaluate current sustainability issues related to food packaging. Discuss consumer attitudes and behaviours towards food waste and food packaging.

Food quality and safety management

In this module you will learn how to critically apply the principles of HACCP in the food supply chain; verify the application of risk assessment methodologies in the quantification of hazards; critically evaluate the impact of food safety failures from an economic, health and societal point of view; critically evaluate food safety training needs in a food production environment; and present a critique of food legislation and the controls, related to food safety.

Professional development in the food and drink industry

In this module you'll learn how to formulate and appraise a personal portfolio of work; interpret and critique material presented by professional practitioners; appraise areas other than your primary professional discipline; and propose and develop an innovative topic.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2017.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2017.

Students must hold an honours degree at 2.2 (lower second class) or better in a suitable subject such as: biosciences, chemistry, science, product design, engineering, food, nutrition or consumer science degree, computing, marketing, or business.