If you’re interested or involved in any part of food product development, from concept to counter, this course helps you gain the skills you need to succeed. In addition to the one-year full-time course, there is also the option to take a UK or overseas work placement of typically 12 months.
The international food supply industry requires high calibre graduates with an understanding of how food can be preserved throughout the distribution chain to ensure the supply of safe, wholesome food. Research has identified that food business priorities focus on increasing marketing, developing new products and investing in new machinery. This course prepares you for a career within the food sector, specialising in food product development, food consumer marketing or retailing roles.
The course is designed to ensure you graduate ready to help food businesses develop. As the food industry grows worldwide, so does the need for staff who demonstrate functional knowledge and skills in combination with managerial and leadership capability. Food organisations need well qualified managers to develop, commercialise and deliver their products to the marketplace efficiently and effectively. This course gives you the skills and experience to meet this need.
You build your knowledge of food processing and safety, product development, marketing and the food chain. You also have opportunities to develop managerial skills, practical skills and behaviour change theories relevant to the food sector.
The work-related learning module gives you a valuable insight into the roles of process or product development technologists, or product account technologists, and the importance of continuing professional development. It also allows you to practically apply the skills you learn during the course.
The placement is an additional opportunity for you to develop your practical skills, either in the UK or abroad. You are supported in securing a placement through a series of employability workshops offered by specialist academic staff. There is also a dedicated postgraduate placement team who manage placement opportunities.
The course is designed around the principles of
• student experience – through specific subject focused course modules
• business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and industry mentor scheme
• flexibility – through module choice and the bespoke work-related learning module
2017 entry requirements
Normally one of the following in a relevant subject
• an honours degree, 2.2 or above
• an equivalent recognised qualification
• an HND with significant relevant industrial experience
Relevant subjects include • business • science • social science • a food related discipline
In exceptional circumstances we consider candidates without formal qualifications who demonstrate the necessary experience, intellect and motivation. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Work Experience Route
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in all skills.
Non Work Experience Route
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in all skills.
If your English language skill is currently below the required level we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. This is a pre-masters course that provides the opportunity to improve your English language skills and business knowledge. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on this course.
Full-time – 12 months or 24 months with work placement
Typical modules may include
|Postgraduate certificate modules||
Business and management strategy (30 credits)
Developing food concepts and products (30 credits)
|Postgraduate diploma modules||
Food chain (15 credits)
Food marketing (15 credits)
Food processing safety and quality management (15 credits)
Work-related learning (15 credits)
Research methods (15 credits)
Dissertation (45 credits)
This course gives you the specialist skills and knowledge to develop career opportunities in • food product and process development • food consumer and market research • food merchandising and marketing • consumer insight • food safety and quality management • food innovation.
You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration.
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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)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £6,300 or £7,700 with a work experience placement
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £6,400 for the course without work experience placement, or £7,820 with work experience placement
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,800 without work experience placement or £14,300 with work experience placement
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 without work experience placement or £14,750 with work experience placement
Additional course costs
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