A key component of the MSc Food & Drink Innovation is to foster creativity through enquiry-based learning, where mixed-discipline teams of students will develop solutions to industry-posed problems. Industry-linked innovation projects will be developed by multidisciplinary teams of students, mentored and supported by experienced industry practitioners and academic researchers, and underpinned by high-level sector specific modules and education.
With activities ranging from 'pitch and crit' sessions, where solution conceptions are pitched to a panel for critique, to the development of prototyped solutions, teams are mentored and supervised by academics and industry practitioners to facilitate the development of specific professional skills and a broader understanding of the Food & Drink industry.
During the course, you'll study modules in:
Packaging and sustainability for the food and drink industry
In this module you'll 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
You'll 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.
Depending on the type of project being undertaken, these may involve independent and/or supervised research comprising literature search, data collection, experiments, field work (factory visits). Projects will be designed by industrial partners in conjunction with academics who provide the students with both mentorship and guidance. You'll learn how to critically evaluate the experience of project management from both a personal and team perspective, drawing valid conclusions from the available evidence, as well as critically evaluating the potential for commercialisation of any products and procedures recommended as part of project based assessments.
In this module, you'll reflect and develop existing professional skills and knowledge required to manage, contribute and develop process effectively, safely and in a sustainable manner related to food and drink sector requirements and your career ambitions.
This module will give you a critical understanding of theories, concepts and principles of research methodology and the range of methods used in conducting research in different disciplines; as well as providing the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an original in-depth investigation in those fields.
You'll also have the opportunity to take an option module from the range on offer.