Food Science and Innovation (with Placement) at Harper Adams University - UCAS

Course summary

The course If you are interested in food and being part of a creative, dynamic and fast-paced profession then this course will give you the skills you require. It provides the opportunity to explore your interests in food whether these relate to science or society, the practical or the theoretical, people or processes. You will explore consumer needs, nutrition, food production, new product development, supply-chains, marketing approaches, research and development, and issues of sustainability in food. You will be equipped with a broad base of practical, theoretical, and technical skills to help address global food challenges. You will be taught in dedicated, specialist facilities, and assessed through an innovative combination of theory and real-world practice. Assessment typically includes live industry projects, creating and exhibiting new products, creative portfolios, and consumer research. We focus on a small number of topics at any one time, with frequent feedback, to help you manage your learning. You will learn within a diverse group, including international students and industry professionals. Our food graduates access a variety of exciting, globally-connected roles, from selecting what is sold in supermarkets to creating the next generation of innovative food products. Supported by an integrated placement year in industry, you will be primed for your future graduate career and for progression into roles that include the management of brands, people, projects, and products. This programme is pending accreditation by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) New programme for 2023 This is one of a series of Harper Adams undergraduate courses undergoing a curriculum refresh to ensure they provide the best content and experience for students and deliver excellent graduates into industry. Definitive course information will be shared as soon as it is available. The route is currently subject to accreditation. Duration 4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three-year programme is available for applicants with at least two years of full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.


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How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Republic of Ireland

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For full entry requirements, including details of all other qualifications accepted, please see our website The University is happy to consider applications from those who are studying mixed qualifications, such as combinations of BTECs and A levels. Due to the numerous combinations available it is impossible to state the entry requirements for these, but applicants can expect to receive offers with comparable grades to those without mixed qualifications. For advice please contact the Admissions Team. The University is committed to bringing fresh talent to the industries we serve and has developed a range of initiatives to give everyone the best chance to access our undergraduate programmes. Known as 'Access to Harper' our contextualised offer scheme recognises difficulties that some applicants may face and provides those applicants with an offer lower than our standard requirements. Further details can be found at

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Additional entry requirements


Interviews will take place on an ad-hoc basis should the Course Manager wish to discuss any aspect of your application and for all potentially suitable applicants who require visa sponsorship.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £13250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

This 4 year course consists of 3 years on campus at a cost of £9250 per year with a placement in year 3 which costs £1850 (Fees for International students are £13,250 per year with a placement in year 3 which costs £3,500)
Food Science and Innovation (with Placement) at Harper Adams University - UCAS