MPhil/PhD Food Manufacturing and Technology

The University was placed in the top 10 nationally in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science subject area in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

The Course

The University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing is an internationally recognised provider of education and research in the food manufacturing and technology sector.

Academics who have occupied senior roles in industry will be available to supervise and advise you throughout your study and independent research. Particular areas of research expertise in the Centre include food chemistry, microbiology, product development, quality and safety systems and technical management.

You will have access to specialist equipment and have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in an area of interest to you. Research conducted by postgraduate students in the Centre has often had immediate practical application in improving safety, quality and efficiency in food manufacturing. Previous research projects have included food safety, packaging and seal integrity, and resource efficiency of vegetable processing.

The main areas of expertise are:

  • Food microbiology and safety
  • Food chemistry (meat, fish, cereals)
  • Food manufacturing systems (lean manufacturing, packaging, automation)
  • Food process engineering (process modelling)
  • New product development and sensory sciences
  • Food quality and safety systems.


Examples of research undertaken previously include:

  • Food safety (Listeria spp) and novel decontamination techniques
  • Heat processing and safety of low moisture foods
  • Packaging and seal integrity
  • MAP of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Antimicrobial materials
  • Quality improvement of dried fruits
  • Resource efficiency of vegetable processing.
Each student will have two supervisors assigned to them, with specialist knowledge in their fields. These supervisors will monitor and support you throughout the duration of your research project, in the form of regular meetings and seminars.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these may vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £15,300 £7,650
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,300 £6,650
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,219 £2,219


* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 25% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or second class honours degree in a pure or applied science or engineering.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

The MScRes/MPhil/PhD can prepare graduates for a career where applied research and development form important elements of the job description. It may be especially relevant for careers in food product and process development, in industry, as well as in research institutes.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is based in Holbeach, in south Lincolnshire. This food manufacturing technology hub provides specialist facilities and industry-standard equipment, including analytical laboratories with a test kitchen and sensory testing suite, a technician training centre and processing facilities.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.