MSc and PhD in Food Science (research)

Graduate Students with Prof. Iris Joye

Food Science MSc (thesis) and PhD programs - research

Food Science is a combination of all the pure sciences. A Food Scientist applies knowledge of microbiology, sensory analysis, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and engineering.

A Day in the Life of Xinya Wang, MSc Student

The essential role of a Food Scientist is focused on how to enhance the quality, safety, functionality and nutrition of foods. This is reflective in the research performed within the Department of Food Science at Guelph.  For example, food safety research is directed towards studying approaches to prevent, detect or decontaminate foods. Food preservation methods are researched that encompass processing technologies and packaging innovations. The application of science to improve the quality of dairy products, chocolate, ice cream, cereals and meat are also studied. Research into methods of food analysis and sensory science as well as studies around nutraceuticals and functional foods are high profile research areas.

Learn more about the graduate experience in the Department of Food Science by viewing our YouTube video.

Applying to the MSc FOOD (thesis-based) and PhD FOOD programs:

As part of the application requirements, you are required to secure a faculty advisor to supervise your program. Our faculty profiles describe research programs in more detail and can be found in our faculty directory.

Your admission application will require the department supplemental document, the Application Fact Sheet. Complete the Application Fact sheet found at the bottom of this webpage to include in your application package via WebAdvisor.  

DUE DATES for the MSc FOOD (thesis-based) and PhD FOOD applications:

Note: International applicants should apply with consideration given to time needed for immigration procedures if you receive an offer.  

Winter semester (January): by November 1st
Summer semester (May): by March 1st
Fall semester (September): by July 1st

Offer letters indicate the requirement for official transcripts by the first class day of the semester in which you start your program. International students are required to submit a valid study permit and passport when they arrive on campus.

Applications are evaluated on academic performance in a relevant field of study, referee assessments, statement of interest and experience in appropriate and related fields.  

Postings of available Graduate Student (MSc & PhD thesis) positions are listed on the lower section of the Food Science main website under Graduate Student, Research & Faculty Positions.

For more information on how the application process works, review Applying to Guelph

Financial Resources:

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Visit our Graduate Studies program page for the MSc and PhD Food Science programs.

Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator (MSc thesis and PhD):
Dr. Iris Joye
519-824-4120 ext 52470

Academic Programs Assistant (MSc thesis and PhD):