Research is one of the most important aspects of the food and human nutritional sciences department and takes place in our specialized facilities, modern laboratories, and collaborative research centres, where our scientists and students work to advance our five broad research themes:
- Applied human nutrition
- Food chemistry and bioresources
- Food processing and preservation
- Food safety and quality assurance
- Metabolic and molecular nutrition
The Food Science (PhD) is a three-year thesis-based program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Food Science)
Expected duration: 3 years
Tuition and fees: two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (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.
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.
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.
Applications open up to 18 months prior to start term.
|Term||Annual application deadlines|
|Fall (September)||June 1|
|Winter (January)||October 1|
|Summer (May)||February 1|
|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.