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Food Science and Nutrition BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    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 and Nutrition programme that will give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific aspects of food science and nutrition and the wider implications of diet on our health and wellbeing.

    This course provides a balanced curriculum exploring the applications of pure sciences to food whilst also covering social and economic food issues in nutrition and health. The breadth of topics you’ll study will allow you to appreciate the key positions of food in society, health and well-being, as well as in the manufacture, marketing and retailing of foods. You’ll also build knowledge of related laws and regulations.

    At the interface between food science and nutrition, graduates will be key in the development of new healthy eating trends. You’ll develop a broad skillset and receive the intellectual training needed to enter a range of careers.

    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 and Nutrition (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 and nutrition 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.

  • Course content

    Year 1 introduces you to the major sources of food and their history, current trends in consumption, and key industrial processing operations. You’ll study food chemistry and develop your laboratory and experimentation skills. In addition, you’ll be introduced to microbiology, human physiology and nutrition; these modules allow you to gain a practical understanding of how food affects health and wellbeing, and appreciate the role of food as a carrier of nutrients

    Year 2 modules deepen your understanding of food texture, flavour and taste. You’ll be introduced to the theory behind new product development, with an emphasis on the study of how food components affect the chemical and microbiological safety of food. You’ll come to understand in more detail the links between diet and health outcomes and will examine the elements and concepts of food allergy.

    There is an optional placement year between the second and final year. Two options are available:

    1) Industrial one-year placement (salaried)

    2) International taught or research study abroad one-year placement

    The two options are based on Leeds’ long-standing relationships with industry and other worldwide leading academic institutions. Gaining a place on the industrial placement and study abroad programme is competitive and dependent on the grades you achieve.

    In your final year, you’ll apply your knowledge and skills to designing new foods, from concept, through formulation and processing, through to sensory evaluation, packaging and marketing. Your team project based on new product development (NPD) will explore the role of food scientists in developing and marketing new healthy food ranges for food manufacturers. You’ll also undertake an individual research project; you’ll be given a choice of topics to investigate, which will relate to the research activity in the School. Taught nutrition modules explore the links between diet and cardiovascular health and cancer.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Food: Origins and Form 10 credits
    • Key Industrial Processing Operations for Food 20 credits
    • Key Skills in Food and Nutritional Sciences 20 credits
    • Principles of Human Physiology and Nutrition 20 credits
    • Physicochemical Properties of Food 20 credits
    • Cell and Molecular Biology 20 credits
    • Studying in a Digital Age (Food Science) 5 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Molecules Controlling Sensory and Nutritional Properties 20 credits
    • Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety 20 credits
    • Food Analysis 10 credits
    • Food and the Allergic Reaction 10 credits
    • Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease 20 credits
    • Literature Review in Food Science and Nutrition 10 credits
    • Introduction to Food Product Development 10 credits
    • Food Quality Assurance 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Food Processing: from Farm to Shop 10 credits
    • Research Project: Investigation and Discovery 40 credits
    • Diet and Cardiovascular Health 10 credits
    • Functional Foods 10 credits
    • Food and Cancer 10 credits
    • Food Product Development - Team Project 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Food Science and Nutrition BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student in the School of Food Science and Nutrition, you’ll be taught by world-class experts who’ll use a variety of teaching methods to deliver an inspiring student experience. With the continuous support of our staff, you’ll acquire the knowledge and transferable skills relevant for employment in key areas of food science, so that when you graduate you are ready to take on the wide range of job opportunities and academic positions that are available.

    The fundamental approach used in all our programmes is research-based learning. We use several different teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, practical work, workshops and independent study. This ensures you become a successful graduate, who is equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes that you need to be successful in your desired career path that you choose to follow after graduation.

    We provide exceptional student support to our students. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who’ll be able to provide you with academic and personal support throughout your studies. We also have a peer mentoring scheme to help you settle in when you first arrive at the University of Leeds.

    There are many ways that we help you develop your academic and life skills during your time here at Leeds. To support you with your studies we have extensive computer clusters and virtually universal wireless connectivity. You'll be able to find multiple copies of the recommended books for your course within both the Edward Boyle Science and Engineering Library and our new £9 million Laidlaw Library, which are both situated centrally on campus. There are a variety of different study environments across campus, such as personal and flexible group work areas.

    We have a wide range of support available through the University skills centre and the Leeds for Life scheme to help you develop your range of skills within your programme of study. There are many ways which you can broaden your horizons through participating in various activities, societies and volunteering opportunities that we provide.


    The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Laboratory work is usually assessed through short written reports, scientific posters or on-line multiple choice questionnaires. We use essays and portfolios to encourage students to conduct in-depth research into interesting topics and develop their writing skills; this is enhanced through literature reviews. Students also develop communication and presentation skills through giving presentations and making posters or flyers.

    You’ll also have more formal exams, which test your knowledge of particular subject content and develop your ability to think quickly. Details on the types of assessment used for each module can be found on the University Module Catalogue.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB including one Science subject (including at least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics)

    Where an A-Level science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

    Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: C in English and C in Mathematics

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits overall with at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 30 are at distinction level. Must contain a significant number of Science modules.

    • BTEC

      DDD in a relevant Science subject. We do not accept Health and Social Care or Sports and Exercise Science.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3 M2 M2 including two science subjects.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall (16 points at higher level, including one science subject).

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 including at least two core science subjects at higher level.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Suitable combinations of Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers are acceptable, though science subjects must be presented at Advanced Higher level. Typically AABBB including 2 sciences at Advanced Higher.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Food Science and Nutrition Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    - University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

    - Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

    - Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £22,000 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    The School of Food Science and Nutrition offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

    Find out more about our Scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    Our industrial placement scheme allows you to gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students’ union's Joblink.

    Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students’ union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek. During your year abroad, you’ll study food science and nutrition at your host institution.

    Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

    The industrial placement (“Year in Industry”) scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.

    An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of organisations in the food and nutrition industry in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious organisations, including:

    • major retailers, such as Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's
    • major manufacturers, such as Nestlé, Unilever and Kraft
    • major research centres, such as DEFRA and Leatherhead Food RA

    During your industrial placement you’ll have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who’ll keep in touch throughout your placement.

    As a BSc student you may include your industrial placement as an additional year of your studies, or, subject to satisfactory academic performance, transfer to our MSci, BSc Food Science and Nutrition (Industrial) degree scheme in which your study abroad year replaces your third year at Leeds.

    If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.

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