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International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 95% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
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- Learn how to identify gaps in the food and nutrition market.
- Develop new food products in our state-of-the-art facilities.
- Study food processing technologies and food safety.
- Acquire sought-after external qualifications to boost your CV.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and prepares you for a variety of roles in the fast-paced food sector, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. You’ll learn how to balance demands for nutritional quality, shelf life, sustainability and various sensory attributes – as well as managing food safety across a range of food manufacturing and retail contexts.
The BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
Students enrolled on our Food and Nutrition course become student members of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) with the opportunity to upgrade to full member status upon graduation.
Sheffield Business School accreditation
Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.
Watch student Loren Draper talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
Your lecturer’s view
Watch course leader Simon Bowles talk about the BSc Food and Nutrition course at Sheffield Hallam University.
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
Our award-winning teachers have worked in the food and nutrition sectors and are actively involved in applied and impactful research. You’ll understand the latest trends in food marketing, food consumer behaviour, food characteristics and nutrition. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge to live projects in collaboration with external partners, making you stand out to employers.
At every level of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with live projects and professional work opportunities. You can apply to access placements, volunteering opportunities and work experience through our relationships with food manufacturers and retailers.
You learn through
- lectures, seminars, and workshops
- practical sessions in our development kitchens, sensory suite, food science and nutrition labs
- live projects with food manufacturers and retailers
- webinars and competitions.
- independent study and group work
You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of food composition and ingredients – from food product development and quality management to food marketing and consumer research. You’ll learn how to pitch your ideas, evaluate information and make sound, evidence-based decisions and recommendations. With these skills you’ll develop into a well-rounded professional – career-ready for the food industry and nutrition sector.
You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through
- access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
- access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars, online resources, and assignment preparation support
- industry-specific employability activities such as live projects and networking opportunities
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you relevant sector experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.
Previous students have gained placements at organisations such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Bakkavor, Greencore, Unilever, GSK, Premier Foods and Samworth Brothers.
Live projects are embedded within every level of your course – culminating in a final-year consultancy project with an external partner. Here you get to use all the skills, knowledge and experience you’ve gained throughout the course.
For example, previous students have worked with the Co-op, Warburtons, Innocent – to name a few. Past projects have included sugar reduction in biscuits and confectionery, the development of new ranges of products, and food packaging and plastic reduction for a healthier planet.
Graduates are invited regularly to come and meet our current students. Here you can get a critical insight of your different career options while starting to build your own professional network. You’ll also benefit from our professional body membership to interact with professionals and students from other institutions.
We’ll encourage you to submit your work to Institute of Food Science and Technology competitions. In the past our students have been recognised externally for the high standard of their work – several winning the prestigious Institute of Food Science and Technology young scientist award.
The food and drink industry employs over 430,000 people every year across every region of the UK. The course prepares you for a career in
- food product development, including nutritional aspects
- food quality and operations management
- food styling and journalism
- sensory evaluation
- food marketing
- food industry nutrition
- research, including postgraduate research degrees
Previous graduates have gone on to work for
- all the major food retailers – Aldi, Asda, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco
- major food manufacturers and brands – Bakkavor, Dr. Oetker, Greencore, GSK, Mars, Pepsi-co, Premier Foods, Samworth Brothers to name a few
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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Equipment and facilities
On this course you work in state-of-the-art specialist facilities
- development kitchens
- food technology pilot plant
- sensory evaluation suite
- nutrition and food science labs
You’ll acquire digital skills for your future career using specialist software – for example
- a specialist software for diet assessment
- a digital portfolio software to record, organise and evaluate all the evidence from your course and relevant extra-curricular activities which support your professional development and reflective practice
This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:
- BBC-BBB at A Level
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
- Merit overall from a T level qualification
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies
- English language or literature at grade C or 4
- Maths at grade D or 3
• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
• entry with prior credit - we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.
|Module: Applied Academic Skills||Credits: 20||
|Module: Food Business Management||Credits: 20||
|Module: Food Choice: People And Planet||Credits: 40||
|Module: Fundamentals Of Food And Nutrition: Composition, Safety And Nutrient Function||Credits: 40||
|Module: Applied Nutrition: Populations, Policy And Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Food Innovation And Product Development||Credits: 40||
|Module: Personal And Professional Development||Credits: 40||
|Module: Sustainable Food: Preservation, Processing And Packaging||Credits: 20||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Food And Nutrition Research||Credits: 40||
|Module: Food And Nutrition Consultancy Challenge||Credits: 40||
|Module: Food Quality Management||Credits: 20||
|Module: Issues In Sports Nutrition||Credits: 20||
|Module: Global Issues In Nutrition And Health||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Food and nutrition courses (PDF, 186.7KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
Student success story
Food and Nutrition student Emma Taylor spent her placement year developing new food products for PepsiCo International.