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Philosophy of the Program

The Master of Science in Food Science and Technology aims to produce innovators, advisors, and leaders with in-depth specialized knowledge on the aspects of Food technology.

Why the Master of Science in Food Science and Technology?

Kenyan universities have been majoring in offering undergraduate degrees in food sciences with few postgraduate courses. This has led to a shortage of specialized Food technologists to offer leadership.

The Master of Science degree in Food Science and Technology option at Meru University will, therefore, equip graduates with specialized skills to advise, formulate policies and offer guidance in areas of Food Science and food technology to steer Kenya into a developed economy.

Career prospects

The food industry is one of the largest areas of employment globally and also in Kenya. Additionally, with the right skills, there is a huge potential for self-employment. Food is a basic need and the population is increasing. As our country develops, more people are moving to urban centers. Additionally, consumers are becoming more health-conscious and hence the need for safer, healthy, convenient, and extended life food products. Employers in Kenya include companies that process Meat, Milk, Coffee, Tea, Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Cereals (Flour Millers, Bakeries, and ready to eat cereal makers), Sugar its confectionery products, fresh produce (fruits, vegetables, juices), Fat and oils, Snacks and honey. You can find a food industry in virtually every corner of our country. Positions in the industry include working as front-line supervisors in processing, quality assurance, and new product development departments with eventual progression to managerial levels. Other opportunities include government agencies involved in food standards and food law enforcement such as the Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Dairy Board, State Department of Agriculture, and State Department of Health. Academic and research institutions and consultancy firms.  

Why the Master of Science in Food Science and Technology at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST)?

The goal of the Master of Science in Food Science and Technology option at MUST is to train specialists in Food Science and Technology in line with Kenya’s Government Big Four Agenda specifically Food Nutrition and Security as well as manufacturing. Besides, the training is in line with Kenya’s vision 2030 and sustainable development goals

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements for the Program

A candidate wishing to be admitted to the Master of Science in Food Science and Technology program of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences must hold a Bachelor of Science degree (Upper Second Class Honors) or Second class Honours (Lower Division) with 2 years’ experience in Food Science, Food Science and Nutrition, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or related disciplines from an institution(s) accredited by CUE. Candidates will be required to register either in January, May, or September every year.

Regulations on Credit Transfers

No credit transfer shall be given to a candidate wishing to join a Master of Science in Food Science and Technology program.

What Will I Study?

Courses

 

Year 1

 

Semester 1

 Code

Course Title

AFT 5100

Food and Health

AFT 5101

Advanced Food chemistry

AFT 5102

Advanced Food microbiology

AFT 5103

Advanced Food Process Engineering

AFT 5104

Advanced Dairy Biochemistry and Technology

AFT 5105

Independent Study/Food Science Seminars

   
 

Semester 2

AFT 5151

Advanced Meat Science and Technology

AFT 5152

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

AFT 5153

Advanced Cereal Technology

AFT 5154

Research methods

AFT 5155

Analytical techniques in Food Science and Technology

AFT 5156

Research Proposal Development

 

 

Year 2

 

Semester 1 & 2

 Code

Course Title

AFT 5157

Thesis Research*

 

*THESIS RESEARCH

Learners will select a research area in Food Science and related field. Under supervision, they will critically undertake a literature review, conceptualize their research problems, prepare an appropriate research plan, prepare and make presentations, and respond to questions in an interactive environment. Learners will conduct research in the selected area, collect data, analyze the data, and interpret the data, develop manuscripts, and publish their scientific findings in peer-refereed journals. Compile a thesis, be examined in a final oral presentation.