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"Our food industry employs 3.7 million people, contributing almost £90 billion to the economy. But there's a big skills gap across the food chain. The industry must attract more well qualified and ambitious candidates if it is to grow and innovate."

Jim Paice Former Minister of State for Agriculture and Food

Careers in food science and nutrition

Careers in food science and nutrition

Careers and employment

If you study a food science and nutrition degree, you’ll be preparing yourself for a career in one of the biggest global industries.

Graduates from food science and nutrition courses are in big demand, and have the best employment prospects amongst science graduates, after medical and engineering subjects. Over 96% of our recent graduates have secured a professional or managerial role or are engaged in further study within six months of graduating (latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey). 

Some of our past students now hold key jobs in the food industry and government agencies.

With technological advances and increasing demand for new, healthy food products, there are some great opportunities out there for all our students.

Careers in food science

Food science degree graduates have important roles in making sure that all the food products available on the supermarket shelves are delicious, nutritious and safe to eat.

There are also food science jobs available in quality assurance, food manufacturing, product development, research, technical and environmental services.

Careers in nutrition

Nutrition degree graduates are able to work as nutritionists in food companies and other nutrition and health-related industries.

They might also find jobs in nutritional research, public health promotion, product development, marketing and humanitarian work related to nutrition and public health.

Careers in food science and nutrition

Food science and nutrition degree graduates have an overall appreciation of both food science and nutrition areas.

They have important jobs in the development of new, healthy product trends, including their promotion, marketing and labelling.

Also, the wide range of developed skills will be relevant to jobs in management.


Careers support at the University

We’ll help you to prepare for you future career by giving you lots of opportunities to develop your skills:

  • Work experience placements, which allow you to experience what it’s like to work in industry.

  • Study abroad, which helps you to experience another culture and develop life skills.

  • Skills development modules, some of which introduce you to the practical skills required in food chemistry and technology laboratories.

  • Association for Nutrition or Institute of Food Science and Technology accreditation for our courses, which makes your degree more valuable in the eyes of future employers.

  • Support with CVs, interviews, job hunting and more via the University careers centre.