One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer an Institute for Food Science and Technology accredited Food Science programme that equips you with the depth and range of knowledge you’ll need for a successful career in the food industry.
Food science is a far-reaching discipline that applies the pure science subjects of chemistry, biology and nutrition to the study of the nature, properties, and composition of foods and the changes which they undergo during storage and processing. Food science is also concerned with maintaining and improving food quality and safety.This programme will give you an in-depth understanding of food processing, food texture, flavour, food formulations, product development, and food safety. You’ll investigate operations that are applied to preserve foods as well as special procedures which are used to produce everyday commodities. You’ll also study the effects food and drink can have on our health and wellbeing.
The School of Food Science and Nutrition is ranked highly in several league tables. Most recently, we were ranked:
- 2nd in The Guardian University Guide
- 2nd in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide
- 2nd in The Complete University Guide
Enhancing your degree
This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development. Both of these schemes add an additional year to your course, taking the total course length to 4 years. There is also the option, subject to satisfactory academic performance, to transfer to the MSci, BSc Food Science (Industrial) degree, on which your industrial placement replaces the third year of your degree.
Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.
The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of food science at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.
Accredited by the Institute for Food Science and Technology
This accreditation signifies that Leeds offers the best possible food-related education, giving students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into employment in the food industry, research, education and the public sector.
Studying an accredited degree programme can help you to stand out to employers because it assures them that you meet the standards of the food profession.