Program Overview

Accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and endorsed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, this course covers a wide range of disciplines. You will develop your scientific and technical knowledge and skills, allowing you to help tackle the challenge of producing food sustainably for a growing global population. Focusing on the chemistry, biochemistry and physics that underpin food manufacturing, you will also study nutrition and the physiology of the human diet. Your learning will incorporate food production methods, product development and food regulation.


You will study a range of disciplines in food science and technology, including biochemistry, product development and manufacturing processes and technologies. You'll undertake practical work in our food processing, chemistry and microbiology laboratories.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and endorsed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

We're ranked 3rd in the UK for the number of undergraduate students on sandwich courses studying food and beverage studies (HESA, 2020/21).


NottinghamUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,600


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This course looks at the chemistry, biochemistry and physics that underpin food manufacturing. You'll also study nutrition and the physiology of the human diet. Your learning will incorporate food production methods, product development, and food regulation.


Year 1

Food Chemistry
Study aspects of chemistry that are of particular relevance to food production. Carry out laboratory analysis of foodstuffs and learn the principles of data analysis.


Food Safety
Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement safe practices in the production of food. This module covers the professionally recognised level 4 food safety syllabus.


Principles of Product Development
Assess the market and identify the need for a new product across different sectors of the food industry. You'll also learn about analysing the costs and technical feasibility of developing a new product.


Food Raw Materials
Understand the different attributes of a range of food raw materials and evaluate how agricultural practices affect their quality. The module also covers raw material supply chain management procedures, and how primary production is manipulated to modify characteristics of raw materials.


Food Product Manufacture
Learn how to combine theory with practical application. You'll use the pilot plant equipment in the food processing hall to undertake a range of food processing operations and apply principles of safety, hygiene and quality to food production.


Quality Assurance
Examine concepts, methodologies and techniques of food quality assurance, including hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). Carry out shelf-life assessments and apply quality assurance techniques to food products.


Year 2

Food Technology
Gain a sound understanding of processing operations used in the food industry, including mixing and emulsifying, filtration, heat-processing methods, and dehydration.


Microbiology of Food Processing
Develop knowledge and understanding of microbial food spoilage and toxin production. Undertake laboratory work, learning and applying a variety of techniques for the microbiological assessment of food.


Sustainable Food Production
Discuss the challenges, problems and benefits related to the sustainability of food production and food supply chains. You'll also identify and evaluate methods by which the environmental impact of the food industry can be minimised.


Food Industry Employability
This module will help you to develop the soft skills demanded in the work environment. You will build a portfolio of evidence and a professional social media profile for the purpose of raising your employability profile.


Consumer Nutrition and Health
Understand human nutrition and develop an ability to analyse foods for macronutrients associated with nutrition and allergens. You'll also investigate how consumer nutritional needs affect product development.


Experimental Design and Analysis
Cultivate an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis, and data presentation.


Final Year

Food Biochemistry
Study the biochemical aspects of food processing, both beneficial (e.g. fermentation processes) and detrimental (e.g. food spoilage). Genetically modified (GM) crops and microbes will also be explored.


Food Industry Management
Develop and promote your management skills. You'll focus on management issues within the food industry, including understanding the integrated nature of the supply chain and the commercial and political environment in which the industry operates.


Product Innovation
Working in a team, you'll address all the stages involved in the development of a new food product, from concept to retail. You'll develop your own understanding of the constraints within which new food product development takes place.


Advances in Food Processing and Technology
You will examine a range of food processing technologies including membrane processes, extraction, and robotics. You'll also study the biophysical principles underpinning their impact on food production, quality and safety.


Carry out independent research under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within the food industry.

  • A-levels – BBB, including Geography or a relevant Science subject
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM including relevant modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Geography or a relevant Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.


Relevant science subjects include: Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. We will also accept History.


Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.


We accept a range of English language qualifications, including IELTS.

You’ll need to achieve the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS.

Please note there are different types of IELTS test available, and it is important that you take the correct one.


Alternative English language tests accepted by the University

We accept any of the qualifications listed here as an alternative to IELTS.

In most cases the grades specified are acceptable for courses requiring an IELTS 6.5 (with 5.5 in each component) unless otherwise stated.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry


Mode of study

International tuition fee



Full-time with placement

£15,600 + £1,385 (placement year)



Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

This degree will equip you for a career within the food and drink sector. You could find employment in a range of quality assurance, technical, production, and new product development roles.


This course will also provide you with the transferable skills necessary for self-management.


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