Master of Science

Nutraceuticals | M.Sc.(Nutra)

This two-years master’s program in Nutraceuticals trains the students for all facets of Nutraceutical industry. The comprehensive syllabus gives the students a chance to understand the biochemistry of what we eat, how it gets metabolized and affects physiology, along with the dietary adjuvants under normal and disease conditions. The Nutraceuticals program stands out for its unique utilization of diverse learning and teaching methodologies, nurturing a dynamic and comprehensive educational experience.

The core courses include Characterization of Nutraceuticals and Foods , Nutrigenomics, Medical Nutrition ,Technology for the Development of Functional Foods ,IPR, QA – QC, Nutraceutical regulations , Food Science and Food Processing , Food Microbiology, Sensory Evaluation, Toxicology, Food Additives, Research Methodology, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Infrastructure Management. The students have an opportunity to carry out 4-6 months of internship/research project.

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Key Information

  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Programme Code
  • Course Type
  • Mode of study
    Full time
  • Campus
    Vidyavihar - Mumbai
  • Institute

Programme Objectives

  • To familiarize the students with all facets of Nutraceutical Industry. To develop understanding of basic biochemistry during food processes.

  • To comprehend interaction of food with the human physiology, under normal and disease conditions.

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills through development of listening and writing skills.To overview dietary needs of an individual with regular or specific needs based on their age / occupation / environment / physical state.

  • To develop skill for selection of raw material, their efficient processing with minimum loss of principle component, and ideal shelf life for different food / Nutraceutical products.

  • To compare suitable food articles / supplements that complement the therapeutic modalities and / or prevent occurrence of disease.

  • To develop analytical skills used in food testing and quality control.

  • To exercise combinations of conventional biological sciences with modern genomic and proteomic technologies of manufacturing and analysis of Nutraceuticals.

  • To acquaint the students with regulations for food / Nutraceuticals products.


The experiential teaching technique with unique combination of traditional and modern ICT tools makes the students ‘Job-Ready’ right during the course. The Internship / Project in fourth semester provides the opportunity to have the hint of the actual professional world, polish their skills and confirm their own aptitude for their area of interest.

At the heart of the Nutraceuticals program lies a dedication to research, anchoring its foundation and driving innovation in the field.

Ongoing Research Projects in Nutraceuticals:

  • Formulation of cereal-based fortified products and validation of efficacy in alleviating iron deficiency anemia among adolescents in India and Kenya.
  • Global alliance - Somaiya Vidyavihar University – Michigan State University, USA – Egerton University, Kenya.
  • Formulation and Evaluation of Physicochemical, Nutritional, and Nutraceutical properties of Fermented Tea prepared from cost-effective raw materials. Somaiya Faculty Seed funding.
  • MSc Research Project: Enhancing nutritional value and rheological properties of iron-enriched soup mixes through dry fish and germinated green gram
  • PhD Projects

Internship Opportunities


Semester I Semester II
Nutraceuticals Food Microbiology
Characterization of food and Nutraceuticals Food Science and Food Processing
Nutrigenomics, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics Technologies for development of functional foods
Instrumentation Role of Nutraceuticals in Clinical Dietetics
  Research Methodology
Semester III Semester IV
Sensory Evaluation, toxicology, food additives 4-5 month Project in Parent Institute/ Research Institute / Industry
QA, QC and Intellectual Property Rights Entrepreneurship
Packaging and Marketing of Nutraceutical products Medical Nutrition
Food Regulation  
Semester I Semester II
Core Courses (CC) Core Courses (CC)
Nutraceuticals Role of Nutraceuticals in Clinical Dietetics
Biochemistry Special Dietary Needs and Fermentation Technology
Bioinformatics, Nutrigenomics and Biostatistics Food Science and Food Processing
Instrumentation Functional Foods
Semester III Semester IV
Core Courses (CC) Core Courses (CC)
Food Microbiology Project
QA – QC and Intellectual Property Rights Entrepreneurship
Packaging, Labelling and Marketing of Nutraceutical products Food Safety Management Systems and Soft Skills
Nutraceutical and Functional Food Regulations  

Graduate Attributes

  • Academic excellence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity and originality
  • Engagement with the Society
  • Environmental Sensitivity
  • Leadership and team spirit
  • Professional Efficiency
  • Strong presentation & communication skills



With the principle of “Let food be your medicine” students can make various food supplements

  • To prevent diseases
  • As Immunomodulators
  • As Therapeutic adjuvants

Students can explore the world of authentic, indigenous plants and discover / Identify / Isolate various Phytonutraceuticals and their role in Health.


M.Sc. Nutraceuticals equips the students venture into the Food and Nutraceutical Industry which involves

  • Pre-production testing – Field work of collection of raw materials, Testing and phytonutraceuticals profiling
  • Food processing unit operator
  • Quality Control Manager - Maintain the quality of functional food/ Nutraceutical supplements
  • Market analyst - To do the market surveys and be help industry to grow and develop in all aspects


One can make own products and be the young entrepreneur. To boost your confidence, we already have startup like Beaniesnack Foods Pvt Ltd - Health Etos,  Growbar Greens-Microgreens.


An aspiring individual with good teaching, communication skills, can work in Academics. As such, the core course of M.Sc. Nutraceuticals covers a plethora of basic ‘Life Science ‘ concepts in its foundation, the M.Sc. Nutraceutical degree holder acquires multiple options of core specialization to begin teaching.

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