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BSc (Honours) Food and Nutrition

Gain a hands-on understanding of the food industry – including food product development, food technology, food safety and nutrition – on a course with strong links with major food retailers, and manufacturers, leading to exceptional career opportunities.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS DB44 Course code

Course description

What you study
This course prepares you for a range of careers in the food industry with roles in food product development, quality assurance, technical management, buying and more. Topics on this course are selected so that you can hit the ground running when you start your career in the UK's number 1 employer - the food industry. We actively engage with food retailers and food manufacturers and design our course around industry needs to ensure that you enjoy excellent career opportunities. This includes elements of science, of creativity and innovation and some personal and business management modules.

Our teaching approach is centred on a hands-on and practical focus and we are very proud of our outstanding facilities where students work with a range of ingredients and food processing equipment which mirror those found in the industry. These include but are not limited to • retorts (industrial pressure cookers) used to make heat sterilised products • specialist freezing equipment for manufacturing ice cream • freeze drying • modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for preserving food.

You are taught by a team of lecturers who have research or managerial experience in the food industry. They are members or fellows of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the lecturers who teach nutrition are registered nutritionists with the Association for Nutrition.

You are encouraged to take part in live briefs supplied by our industrial partners and you can make the most of our staff's specialist area of expertise and experience to guide you. This ensures you gain real insights into the practices and developments of the modern food and nutrition industries.

Your learning involves • lectures • seminars • workshops • projects • laboratory practicals • use of our kitchen facilities.

Projects and case studies
During your final year you work on projects in an area of your interest and food industry case studies to develop your knowledge of current industry and to enhance your practical skills.

Work placements in the UK and overseas
In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you have gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.

Previous students have gained placements at organisations such as • Tesco • Asda • Sainsbury's • Morrisons • Bakkavor • Greencore • Unilever • GSK • Premier Foods • Samworth Brothers.

Leadership award
Final year students have the opportunity to apply for an additional leadership award. This is delivered by external industry consultants and is a great way to enhance your CV.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies


• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• business analytics • marketing communications • food composition and safety • food and ingredient selection • nutrition in context • academic and professional skills

Year two core modules

• food technology • food product development • the international business environment • people and organisations in context • nutrition through the lifecycle • academic research skills

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year core modules

• contemporary food innovation and technology • food quality management • consumer perceptions of food • career management and professional development • project

Final year options

• communicating nutrition and health messages • issues in food and nutrition

  • examinations
  • business reports
  • scientific reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • phase tests
  • portfolios
  • literature review
  • laboratory reports
  • student-led seminars


You can find highly paid careers in areas such as • food product development • food quality • food production • food and nutrition advice • food styling and journalism • sensory analysis • buying.

Our graduates work in organisations such as • Tesco • Asda • Sainsbury's • Morrisons • Bakkavor • Greencore • Unilever • GSK • Premier Foods • Samworth Brothers.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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