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    • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Doctor of Philosophy

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    Expected duration

    • 3 years

Program details

The Food Science (PhD) is a three-year thesis-based program.

Doctor of Philosophy (Food Science)

Expected duration: 3 years

Tuition and fees: Tuition fees are charged for terms one and two and terms four and five. A continuing fee is paid for term three, term six and each subsequent term. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)


In addition to the minimum program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework at the 7000 level. Of these 6 credit hours, 3 will consist of FOOD 7130: Food Science Seminar


Thesis projects may include basic, applied or practical research relating to the chemistry, physics and/or microbiology of food raw materials, processes and/or products. Thesis topics are assigned within an area of interest to the student and are pertinent to departmental research objectives.

Sample course offerings

  • FOOD 7090: Unit Process Operations (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7150: Food Science Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7160: Food Carbohydrates (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7180: Food Science Cereal Grains (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7200: Advanced Food Microbiology (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7240: Topics in Food Science (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7260: Advanced Meat Science (3 credit hours)
  • FOOD 7270: Food Rheology (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Food Science PhD program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements:
To be considered for admission to the Food Science PhD program you must have:

  • A research-based Master of Science degree in the general areas of food or nutritional sciences, with a minimum University of Manitoba equivalent GPA of 3.5 in Master’s coursework.
  • A secured thesis advisor.

Students with a Master of Science in a different scientific discipline will be considered for admission by the Food and Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Studies Committee (FHNS) on a case-by-case basis.

Students with an honours degree from the University of Manitoba or equivalent may be accepted directly into the PhD program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The Food Science PhD program has three application deadlines per year. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Statement of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Please note: Students must enter the name of their preferred advisor at time of application. For more information on applying to graduate studies in Food Science, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

Application deadlines

Applications open up to 18 months prior to start term.

Canadian and US applicants

Term Annual application deadlines
Fall (September) June 1
Winter (January) October 1
Summer (May) February 1

International applicants

Term Annual application deadlines
Fall (September) February 1
Winter (January) June 1
Summer (May) October 1

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences
Room 209 Human Ecology Building
35 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-6411
Fax: 204-474-7593