University of Nottingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food Science

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Course summary

Our accredited food science course gives you the scientific knowledge and technical skills to:

  • Design and engineer innovative food
  • Make food with improved taste, texture and nutrition
  • Develop sustainable ingredients
  • Make food safe and affordable
You'll learn how to apply science to create sustainable, nutritious, safe food. Using our specialist food facilities you'll investigate the properties of foods:
  • Food processing facility - learn about different technologies and engineering
  • Quality control lab - use equipment to assess product and process quality
  • Teaching lab - learn about the role of microbiology in food safety and production
  • Flavour lab - use our world class lab to understand flavour chemistry
  • Sensory science centre - test consumer preferences and understand how we perceive flavour
We have strong links with industry, which means that you'll get plenty of exposure to food companies. In the third year, you'll develop a new food product and present this to industry guests. Throughout your degree you can choose from a range of additional options. You can apply to do these when you get here:
  • Industry placement - you can add a year in industry between years two and three
  • Study abroad - in Australia, Canada, or the USA
  • Computer Science year - use algorithms to analyse complex data and apply this to your course

Course details


We'll teach you about food chemistry and physiology, to develop your scientific understanding of food. Food microbiology and nutrition cover food safety and the relationship between food and health. At the end of the year, we visit different food companies, so you can see how this is applied in real-life. In the second year, you get a detailed understanding of process engineering. You will follow the whole process from the ingredients used to the final packaged food. You'll develop skills in sensory evaluation. Using techniques, you'll understand how to test consumer acceptance of new products. You'll study technical, scientific and engineering concepts in food spoilage, food preservation and food quality. In the final year you will carry out a unique research project supervised one-on-one by our academic team. You'll deepen your understanding of microbial methods and the use of data. You'll study food flavour, looking at aroma, taste and texture perception. You'll work as a team to develop a new product to present to your peers and industry.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4) and Mathematics grade B (numeric grade 5)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £25000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £25000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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University of Nottingham
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