University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food Technology with Bio-Processing with Industrial Training

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Course summary

Develop specialist scientific and technical skills, and explore the role of technology in the food industry, with our BSc Food Technology with Bioprocessing with Industrial Training degree. This four-year degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge of raw materials and methods for producing safe and healthy food products, with a focus on food engineering. It includes an integrated year in industry, equipping you with valuable real-world experience to boost your employability. Become a food technologist 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).
  • 95% of our research impact is rated outstanding (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2*submissions – Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Sciences).
  • 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).
You'll explore innovative food technology techniques, underpinned by the fundamental science of food and nutrition. Your studies will include:
  • microbiology
  • biochemistry
  • food processing and engineering
  • product development
  • food quality and sensory science
  • 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. On top of these campus-based learning opportunities, you will also develop valuable skills with an industrial training placement between your second and final year. In your final year, you will undertake an exciting Product Development module. Given a brief by industry experts, you’ll work as a team to produce an original product, which you will showcase at an end-of-term trade show. This will provide you with valuable experience and key employability skills. Professional accreditation Our BSc Food Technology with Bioprocessing with Industrial Training 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 will also be recognised as a professional food technologist by the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Industrial training A key component of this degree is a year-long paid training placement, which occurs between your second and final year. Placements can help enhance your employability and build your network. Previous students from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences have undertaken placements with:
  • Mars Food
  • Graze
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Bakkavor
Our dedicated placement coordinator will provide you with advice and support in finding your ideal placement. They will also advise you on CV writing and interview skills. Learn more about professional placements with the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.


The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. General Chemistry A; Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology; Food and Nutritional Chemistry: A Practical Approach; Food Microbiology; Food System Challenges; Introduction to Sustainable Food Manufacturing; Composition and Properties of Foods; Food Processing and Quality Assurance; Microbiology of Food Spoilage, Preservation and Hazards; Food Manufacturing Principles; Securing a Job: Recruitability and Employability; Placement Year; Advance Food Quality and Safety; Sustainable Food Systems; New Product Development; Research Project The University cannot guarantee that all optional modules will be available to all students who may wish to take them. Further information about the content of final approved modules will be available between May and July 2023. We suggest that you regularly revisit this webpage during this time to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the modules offered on this programme.

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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.

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.

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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 £27650 Year 1
International £27650 Year 1

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