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Food Science BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Food Science

As one of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, this programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of food processing, food texture, flavour, food formulations, new product development and food safety, all of which will make you fully equipped to succeed in your desired career path.

Food Science is a far-reaching discipline that applies the pure science subjects of chemistry, biology, nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology, to the study of the nature, properties and composition of foods and the changes which they undergo during storage and processing.

Food Science also involves maintaining and improving food quality and safety. You’ll study specific modules where you’ll investigate operations that are applied to preserve foods, such as freezing, drying and canning, as well as special procedures which are used to produce everyday commodities. You’ll also study the effects food and drink can have on our health and wellbeing.

Enhancing your degree

The School of Food Science and Nutrition has been ranked highly. We were ranked:

•1st in The Guardian University Guide

•3rd in The Complete University Guide

•3rd in The Times-Sunday Times Good University Guide

There’s also the opportunity with this programme to complete an Industrial Placement or take part in the Study Abroad scheme.

There are many specialist modules available for this course, such as: food origins and form, food quality assurance, food analysis, introduction to food product development, food processing from farm to fork, food product development project and an individual research project. Many of the modules are research based and develop both academic and employability skills.

The first year of study will introduce you to scientific principles related to the composition of foods, the sources of nutrients in the diet and essential chemical and physical behaviour of foods during processing and storage. You'll also study key processing technology to allow you to understand the scientific principles underlying processing methods such as heating, cooling and freezing. The complementary nutrition modules allow you to gain a practical understanding of how food affects health and wellbeing, and appreciate the role of food as a carrier of nutrients.

The second year will enable you to deepen your understanding of food texture, flavour and taste. You will be introduced to the theory behind food formulation and new product development, with an emphasis on the study of how food components affect the chemical and microbiological safety of food. During this year, we will introduce problem-solving activities that relate to actual research/industrial situations.

There is an optional placement year between the second and final year. Two options are available:

1) Industrial one-year placement (salaried)

2) International taught or research study abroad one-year placement

The two options are based on Leeds long-standing relationships with industry and other worldwide leading academic institutions. Gaining a place on the industrial placement and study abroad programme is competitive and depends on the grades you achieve.

In your final year, you will apply your knowledge and skills to designing new foods, from concept, through formulation and processing, through to sensory evaluation, packaging and marketing. Your team project based on new product development (NPD) will explore the role of food scientists in developing and marketing new healthy food ranges for food manufacturers. You will additionally undertake an individual research project.

Course structure

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Food Science and Nutrition, you will be taught by world-class experts who will use a variety of teaching methods to deliver an inspiring student experience. With the continuous support of our staff, you will acquire the knowledge and transferable skills relevant for employment in key areas of food science and nutrition, so that when you graduate you are ready to take on the wide range of job opportunities or academic opportunities that are available.

The fundamental approach used in all our programmes is research-based learning. We use several different teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, practical work, workshops and independent study. This ensures you become a successful graduate, who is equipped with the world-class knowledge, skills and attributes that you need to be successful in your desired career path that you choose to follow after graduation.

We provide exceptional student support to our students. You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will be able to provide you with academic and personal support throughout your studies. We also have a peer mentoring scheme to help you settle in when you first arrive at the University of Leeds.
There are many ways that we help you develop your academic and life skills during your time here at Leeds.To support you with your studies we have extensive computer clusters and virtually universal wireless connectivity. You'll be able to find multiple copies of the recommended books for your course within both the Edward Boyle Science and Engineering Library and in our new £9 million Laidlaw Library, which only opened in 2015, which are both situated centrally on campus. There are a variety of different studying environments across campus, such as personal and flexible group work areas.
We have a wide range of support available through the University skills centre and the Leeds for Life scheme to help you develop your range of skills within your programme of study. There are many ways which you can broaden your horizons through participating in various activities, societies and volunteering opportunities that we provide.


Just as we use a variety of teaching methods we also use a range of assessment types to encourage students to show us their talent.

Laboratory work is usually assessed through short written reports, scientific posters or on-line MCQs. We use essays and portfolios to encourage students to research deep into interesting topics and develop important writing skills – this is enhanced in literature reviews. Students can also develop communication and creative skills through giving presentations and making posters or flyers.

There are also formal exams to test knowledge in particular subject content and develop the ability to think quickly. Details on the types of assessment used for each module can be found on the University Module Catalogue.

You will be given guidance by your tutors on all the assignments and exams to allow you to make the most of your learning.

Entry requirements

A level: ABB including two science subjects (preferably chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics).

Other A-level subjects such as food technology, home economics (with an emphasis on food and nutrition) and sports science will also be considered as science subjects, preferably in combination with another science subject.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE: 5 required, including English and Mathematics, with minimum grade C in each.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

We offer a first-class study experience based on leading research, close links with industry and supportive teaching staff.

There are a range of career opportunities that you can undertake at the end of the programme. Some of our past graduates hold key positions in the food industry and government agencies, such as Kelloggs, Marks & Spencer’s and local Councils. Click here to read about their career journeys.

Some of our graduates have continued to study for higher degrees, we offer a taught masters programme and welcome postgraduate research students. Some graduates even choose to set up their own business with the help of our Enterprise Scholars scheme.

There is a worldwide shortage of qualified Food and Nutrition graduates, so there has never been a better time to study this highly sought after degree at Leeds. Our dedicated careers centre will provide all the advice, support and guidance that you need throughout your time here. The School of Food Science and Nutrition has links with industry, meaning that whichever path you choose, you will be a highly sought after graduate.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Our Food Science programme provides you with the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad as an extra academic year. Spending a year abroad, living and studying in another country is a unique experience and you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture.

The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

Find out more at the careers website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The Industrial scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience the world of full-time work, and earn a full salary, before you graduate. Employers love the fact that graduates already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews when you are competing with other graduates. The extra experience will go a long way to boosting your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally.

Our students have successfully found placements in a wide range of companies, including;

  • major retailers, such as Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's
  • major manufacturers, such as Nestle, Unilever and Kraft
  • major research centres, such as DEFRA and Leatherhead Food RA

How does it work?

You transfer onto a four-year industrial version of your degree. You spend your third year working full-time and return to us for the fourth year. During your year in industry you will have an industrial supervisor who is someone employed in your chosen company, plus an academic supervisor from the School who will keep in touch and take responsibility for your progress.

Key facts

UCAS code:

3 years full time

Typical A level offer:
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£19,750 (per year)

Study abroad option:

Work placement option:

Course Terms and Conditions

Contact us:
School of Food Science and Nutrition Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 2958

Qinya Yu

BSc Food Science and Nutrition

"I really enjoy the culture here and English people are always friendly."