University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food Science

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Course summary

Develop the expertise to meet society's demand for safe and sustainable food products with our accredited BSc Food Science degree. Led by experts from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, this three-year course will equip you with a full understanding of food production processes. You'll gain essential knowledge and skills in:

  • food microbiology
  • biochemistry and metabolism
  • food processing and engineering
  • product development
  • human physiology and nutrition.
At Reading, you'll also develop key technical skills through laboratory-based practicals, sensory evaluation, and work in our pilot-scale food processing plant. Become a food science specialist at the University of Reading
  • Top ten UK university for Food Science (joint 5th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
  • 85% of our research impact is rated outstanding (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Our food science graduates have the second-highest median salary of such graduates six months after graduation (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, based on analysis of 2017 graduate salaries).
Professional accreditation Our BSc Food Science course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), the industry’s leading professional body. Accreditation provides an assurance that your degree meets the standards expected by the food industry, helping you to stand out in a competitive job market. You'll also be recognised as a professional food scientist by the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Careers 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017/18; based on first degree responders from Food and Nutritional sciences). Your degree will provide the essential subject-specific and transferable skills required in the food industry. Our graduates typically find employment in food product development, quality management, food technology, and nutritional science. Recent graduates from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences have gone on to work for:
  • Bakkavor
  • Douwe Egberts
  • Ferndale Foods
  • Innocent Drinks.

Course details

Modules

Sample modules may include:

  • Farm to Fork
  • Microbiology of Food Spoilage and Preservation
  • Composition, Properties and Analysis of Food
  • Food Processing
  • Food Product Development
Check our website for more details of the course structure.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
D610
Institution code:
R12
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBC including grade B in two science subjects, including at least one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths.

Additional entry requirements

Interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

http://www.reading.ac.uk/ad-EnglishTests.aspx


Unistats information

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92%
Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £23700 Year 1
International £23700 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Food Science at University of Reading - UCAS