Postgraduate
MSc Food Microbiology

University College Cork

Course Overview


Food is necessary for human survival, is an important source of pleasure, and plays an enormous role in the global economy.

Microbes play an essential role in food preservation and safety, food for health and food biotechnology. These are growing areas in all global economies. UCC Microbiology has established a global reputation in food microbiology, based on its research profile and the impact of its graduates in the food industry. This course covers the breadth of classical and modern food microbiology, including food safety and spoilage; food fermentation; food biotechnology; hygienic production of food; the impact of diet on health; the molecular mechanisms of infectious microbes and the role of the gut microbiota in human health.
The MSc in Food Microbiology is a structured one-year full-time course which includes a six-month lab-based research dissertation. The aim of this course is to educate you to an MSc level in food microbiology, emphasising areas in which UCC engages actively in research, e.g. food biotechnology, food fermentations, food safety, food for health. The course will give you the knowledge and skills to contribute to Irish and international food industries. Modules will be chosen with the approval of the Programme Board depending on your background.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

Research Opportunities
Candidates generally carry out their research in the laboratories of the University. It may be possible, with the prior approval of the Programme Co-ordinator, to undertake the research project in another appropriate academic or industrial setting.


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 22,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • UCC is one of Ireland’s oldest institutions of higher education, the first Irish 5 Star University and the Sunday Times Irish University of the year 2011-12.
  • Much of the course is delivered by active research staff who are global leaders in a number of food microbiology fields (microbiological safety of foods, food/milk fermentation, probiotics, and bacteriocins).
  • Microbiology in UCC can trace its history to 1924 and we are now the leading microbiology academic centre in Ireland (based on publication output).
  • Our first-rate facilities include extensive, well equipped laboratories with state of the art analytical/technology platforms.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum 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 2 or equivalent. However, candidates with equivalent academic qualifications may be accepted subject to the approval of College. The number of places is limited and selection will be made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in his/her primary degree or interview.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): DET 100-110 + Skills Check. DET 115 or more eligible for full offer
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): TOEFL 80 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 59 Minimum individual sections 51
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


The MSc in Food Microbiology is designed to equip graduates to work in a range of management, research and innovation roles within the Irish and international food, beverage and associated industries. Graduates will be in a position to support new product development, innovation and quality assurance functions in the dairy, meat, consumer foods, soft and alcoholic beverages and food ingredients sectors. Graduates will also be equipped to work in a range of other areas such as contract food-testing laboratories, the regulatory and consumer protection sectors. Graduates also have the option of proceeding to further studies at PhD level.
The MSc in Food Microbiology is designed to equip graduates to work in a range of management, research and innovation roles within the Irish and international food, beverage and associated industries. Graduates will be in a position to support new product development, innovation and quality assurance functions in the dairy, meat, consumer foods, soft and alcoholic beverages and food ingredients sectors. Graduates will also be equipped to work in a range of other areas such as contract food-testing laboratories, the regulatory and consumer protection sectors. Graduates also have the option of proceeding to further studies at PhD level.

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