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MPhil in Food Science and Technology

Programme Rationale

Growth and transformation of the food industry, which will make substantial impact on the national economy, will require highly trained personnel with both theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in Food and Agro-processing. The CSIR with its long experience in scientific research which emphasizes analytical and experimental work is well placed to offer such practical-oriented training at the postgraduate level to build on basic knowledge in biological sciences acquired by students at the undergraduate level. The course should also offer the student opportunity to pursue a career in academia or research

Programme Goals

The goal of the programme is to train high caliber manpower who will have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in industry, academia or research to build up capacity to develop and transform the food processing industry and the critical areas of post-harvest food conservation and agro-processing. The MPhil programme will offer a unique opportunity for students to have a high level practical training involving food commodity processing, product development and food analysis based on national and industrial needs.


Upon completion of this programme, learners will be able to:

  • apply scientific principles to prevent deterioration in food quality and safety during manufacture and storage ;
  • have comprehensive knowledge in food safety management systems, food standards and legislation to protect consumer health;
  • describe underlying principles of food processing and analytical methods, and food engineering operations and be able to relate process variables to food quality indicators and monitor these variables to attain end-product specifications;
  • generate innovative ideas to inspire the development and growth of small and medium food enterprises, and food industries;
  • prepare their continuing professional development plan towards lifelong learning, research and generation of new ideas and findings.

Student Admission and Target groups

Successful completion of an undergraduate programme with at least a Second Class degree in Biological Science from an accredited University.

Programme Structure
The M.Phil programme in Food Sciences and Technology will include the following core courses:
Code Course Name Hrs Total Credits
FoST 800 A Laboratory Practicals 39 3
FoST 821 Advanced Food Chemistry and Analysis 39 3
FoST 823 Food Crops Post-Harvest Management and Processing 39 3
FoST 827 Biometry and Experimental Design 39 3
FoST 825 Food Engineering and Packaging 39 3
FoST 829 Microbiology and Food Biotechnology 39 3
Code Course Name Hrs Total Credits
FoST 800B Laboratory Practicals 39 3
FoST 822 Food Safety and Plant Operations 39 3
FoST 824 Animal products Science and Technology 39 3
FoST 826 Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship 39 3
FoST 828 Traditional Food processing Technologies 39 3
FoST 830 Human Nutrition 39 3
Code Course Name Hrs
FoST 808 Seminar 26
FoST 900 Thesis 117


Food Research Institute is located Adjacent to Ghana Standards Authority, Near Gulf House, Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, Accra, Ghana. We are open to the general public from Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm, excluding holidays. If you need any additional information or have a question, please contact us on 0302-962068/+233-243302980 or email us at info@foodresearchgh.org or director@foodresearchgh.org.

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