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MSc Food Science with Business Management
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Approval Code N/541/7/0011; 08/2017
Accreditation Code Approved
Classification MSc
Subject Area Food Science with Business Management
Course Mode Full Time / Part Time
Course Duration Minimum 1.5 Years of Full Time study
Minimum 3 Years of Part Time study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 credits which include two (2) University core subjects, three (3) core Food Science subjects, five (5) electives – inclusive of four (4)non-Science subjects drawn from the MBA programme – and eight(8) credits worth of research.
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes January or May
 
Designed to equip postgraduate learners with the aptitude and mentality to excel, the coursework-based MSc Food Science with Business Management adopts an interdisciplinary approach that addresses present – and future – problems in the multi-billion-dollar food industry. Addressing pertinent aspects of the all-important sector like food production, analyses, quality and safety; the programme also exposes learners to management, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship.

This dual-pronged approach equips learners with the best of both worlds – the theoretical and technical mastery required to navigate the industry's challenges, as wellas the business sense to tell the difference between a fleeting fad and a genuine innovation. With this in mind, graduates can look forward to play key roles from the research lab to the boardroom as they seek to manage – and improve – the domestic and international food supply chain.

Teaching and Learning Features

Anchored on an outcome-based approach, the programme's delivery involves a rigorous process of conjecture and refutation that hones a learner's cognitive and communication skills. Two-way discourse is promoted over rote learning and students will develop their critical thinking skills as they engage in collegial, but intense, discussions. Industrial relevance is another key feature of the programme and learners will test their assumptions as they address various case studies that highlight industrial challenges in food technology, quality and safety, among others. The holistic approach is bolstered further by research – which provides the basic skills in business/management while combining with science and technology - give an important element in the subject – and learners are encouraged to present their scholarly work at national scientific meetings and publish a peer-reviewed manuscript at the end of their programme.

Assessment is another integral part of the learning process.Most students will be assessedthroughout the duration of their course andoral presentations, written reports, critical analysis of scientific data, as well asone's involvement in individual or team-based projects, are some of the criteria for evaluation. Apart from instilling independence and drive in learners, this mode of learning also encourages one to keep abreast of developments in the industry, inculcating a passion for lifelong learning.
Qualifications Academic Requirements Admission Level
B. Sc. A recognised Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant disciplines of Food Science, Nutrition, Biotechnology, Applied Sciences, Agricultural Biology and Microbiology, among others, with a minimum CGPA 2.5 or the Classification of 2nd Lower. Post-graduate
English Language Requirements As the programme’s medium of instruction is English, students must possess one of the following qualifications:
  • TOFEL: a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or a minimum score of 79 with no less than 17 in each four components (internet-based)
  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.0
  • An undergraduate degree with English as its medium of instruction
Note: Candidates who fail to fulfill the above criteria may be required to take an English Proficiency Course at the University.
  • Food manufacturing to meet increasing consumer demand for healthy and nutritious food
  • Production supervision / management, manufacturing, waste and environmental management
  • Quality assurance and food safety
  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Food engineering support- process and equipment optimisation
  • Research and development of new food products and processing technologies
  • Marketing and sales
  • Civil service at government and regulatory bodies like the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health, among others
  • Academia – Teaching and research positions at universities (Basic and applied)
  • Involvement with international organisations like the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
Semester 1
(Long semster)
  • Research Methodology for Scientists
  • Academic Communication
  • Food Analysis*
  • MBA Elective: Choose One
    • Financial Accounting & Analysis
    • Marketing Management
    • International Business & Management
    • Business Policy & Strategic Management
    • Financial Management & Policy
    • Information Technology for Managers
    • Blue Ocean Strategy
    • Human Resource Management
Semester 2
(Long semster)
  • Advanced Food Quality & Safety*
  • Contemporary Issues in Food Science
  • Master Research Project Planning & Proposal Presentation
  • Elective Major: Choose One
    • Financial Accounting & Analysis
    • Marketing Management
    • International Business & Management
    • Business Policy & Strategic Management
    • Financial Management & Policy
    • Information Technology for Managers
    • Blue Ocean Strategy
    • Human Resource Management
Semester 3
(Long semster)
  • Master Research Project
Semester 4
(Long semster)
  • Science Elective: Choose One
    • Microbiology in Food*
    • Innovative Food Processing Technologies*
    • Food Biotechnology*
    • Applied Bioprocessing*
    • Food Product Development & Commercialization*
    • Dietary Supplements & Functional Foods
    • Food Security & Sustainability
  • MBA Elective: Choose Two
    • Financial Accounting & Analysis
    • Marketing Management
    • International Business & Management
    • Business Policy & Strategic Management
    • Financial Management & Policy
    • Information Technology for Managers
    • Blue Ocean Strategy
    • Human Resource Management
* Science lab classes

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