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BSc (Honours) Food and Nutrition

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)

Food and Nutrition

Full-time Food and nutrition

Explore the sustainable development and production of safe and nutritious food while gaining valuable qualifications.


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? DB44
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • 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.

Accredited by
  • Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)

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.

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

Course leaders and tutors

Simon Bowles
Simon Bowles
Lecturer in Nutrition

Applied learning

Work placements
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
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.

Networking opportunities
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.

Future careers

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
  • buying 
  • 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.

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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

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • 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

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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.

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.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Food Business Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Food Choice: People And Planet Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Food And Nutrition: Composition, Safety And Nutrient Function Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Nutrition: Populations, Policy And Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Food Innovation And Product Development Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable Food: Preservation, Processing And Packaging Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Food And Nutrition Research Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Food And Nutrition Consultancy Challenge Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Food Quality Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Issues In Sports Nutrition Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Global Issues In Nutrition And Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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, 233.2KB)

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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.


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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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