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Food Science (Industrial) MSci, Bsc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer a Food Science programme, incorporating an industrial placement, 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

    This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, which provides valuable work experience and help your personal development. On this course, 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.

  • 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 food formulation and new product development, with an emphasis on the study of how food components affect the chemical and microbiological safety of food. Modules on food colloids and food quality assurance directly relate to the research strengths of the School. During this year, we introduce problem-solving activities that relate to actual research/industrial situations.

    In your third year, you’ll undertake an industrial placement with a food-related organisation. During your placement, you’ll carry out an extended project, which will further develop your knowledge. You’ll also improve your practical transferable skills, such as team-working, decision-making, delegating, identifying and solving problems, and communicating.

    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 or have been suggested by an industrial company.

    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
    • Innovation and Design Principles for Foods 10 credits
    • Food Colloids: Formulation of Creamy, Fatty and Bubbly Foods 20 credits
    • Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety 20 credits
    • Food Analysis 10 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

    • Problem Solving: Functionality of Ingredients in Food Design 30 credits
    • Industrial Placement for Integrated Masters Students 90 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Food Product Development - Team Project 30 credits
    • Physical Aspects of Food 10 credits
    • Research Project 60 credits
    • Food Biotechnology 10 credits
    • Functional Foods 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Food Science (Industrial) MSci, 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: AAB including two science subjects (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 and the rest at Merit. Must contain a significant number of Science modules.

    • BTEC

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

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3 D3 M2 including two science subjects.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall (16 points at higher level, including two science subjects).

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1 H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 including 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 AAABB 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 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 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

    There is a worldwide shortage of qualified food science graduates, so there has never been a better time to study this highly sought after degree at Leeds. Our dedicated careers centre will provide all the advice, support and guidance that you need throughout your time here. We offer a first-class study experience based on leading research, close links with industry, and supportive teaching staff.

    There is a range of career opportunities that you could undertake upon graduation. Some of our alumni hold key positions in the food industry, at companies including Kellogg’s and Marks & Spencer, with others working in local councils.

    Several of our graduates have continued to study for higher degrees, whilst others have chosen to set up their own business with the help of our Enterprise Scholars scheme.

    Careers support

    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.

    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

    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 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.

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