About This Programme

Targeted towards graduates and professionals aspiring to excel in the food science industry, this Food Innovation MSc furthers your understanding of the entire process of ingredient development and product launch from inception to realisation. Understanding the importance of developing an innovative brand, the identification of novel raw materials, and their use in new product development are core areas that are embedded into the learning process for life science graduates, catering professionals or experienced professionals working in the food and hospitality industries both within the UK/EU as well as overseas.  Understanding the rapidly changing world of packaging and its role in the circular economy will also be covered.  Safety and quality parameters of food, ingredients and packaging materials will also be considered in terms of risk analysis and management protocols.

There is further evidence that there is, and will continue to be, a severe shortage of qualified personnel in the food and nutrition industry.  Currently, there is a shortage of more than 2,000 qualified professionals in an industry worth £73bn a year. It is also reported that unless a more widespread approach is adopted, the UK industry will become a place of administration and mass production, lacking the innovation required to serve the sophisticated, health-aware consumer. This will lead to an increasing reliance on overseas markets. Even with contributions from employees from the EU, staff shortages are hitting all areas of the food chain.


After successful completion of the taught programme, you will participate in an internship with a UK food sector employer in a role which aligns with your interests. This will equip you for managerial positions across the food supply chain and governmental roles in food safety legislation. Additionally, practical experience in the food industry could be vital for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to establish their own ventures.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Practitioner-based learning at a trusted and world-renowned institution: NRI has over 125 years of history in international development research and practice, with ongoing links in more than 30 countries worldwide, thus providing opportunities for practitioner-based learning.
  • Food Innovation Laboratories: Students will gain experience working in laboratories that adhere to internationally recognised standards for quality assurance. The development, introduction, and monitoring of new ingredients and the specific properties of food matrices will attract graduates interested in a career in the development of value-added products and packaging materials for the food chain and allied professionals.
  • NRI Expertise: Our program leverages the international expertise of NRI's staff, providing you with the skills needed for a successful career in product development science in the global food and nutrition industry. You'll gain invaluable insights into developing healthy, nutritious foods while also acquiring experience in sustainability and innovation throughout the food chain. Our program's principles and coverage are not limited to a specific region, making it relevant and adaptable to food industries worldwide.
  • Student Support: We work with an experienced graduate recruitment specialist who provides a student matching process to support you to find your ideal food sector placement. You will participate in preparatory sessions and workshops to gain confidence in making applications and you will have an academic mentor to support and guide you during the placement.

Programme Team

The team leading this programme has expertise in a variety of relevant fields such as food science, microbiology, human nutrition, food chemistry, food engineering, product development, packaging, food safety, food marketing, legislation, and sustainability.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this programme, graduates acquire the expertise to embark on exciting roles within the food industry as proficient food technologists. This programme also provides opportunities for graduates to work within governmental bodies, such as in regulatory agencies and legislation and policy.