One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer a Food Science programme, incorporating an industrial placement, that equips you with the depth and range of knowledge you'll need for a successful career in the food industry.
Food science is a far-reaching discipline that applies the pure science subjects of chemistry, biology and nutrition to the study of the nature, properties, and composition of foods and the changes which they undergo during storage and processing. Food science is also concerned with maintaining and improving food quality and safety.
This programme will give you an in-depth understanding of food processing, food texture, flavour, food formulations, product development, and food safety. You'll investigate operations that are applied to preserve foods 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.
The School of Food Science and Nutrition is ranked highly in several league tables. Most recently, we were ranked:
This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, which provides valuable work experience and help your personal development. On this course, your industrial placement replaces the third year of your degree.
Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.
Year 1 introduces you to the major sources of food and their history, current trends in consumption, and key industrial processing operations. You'll study food chemistry and develop your laboratory and experimentation skills. In addition, you'll be introduced to microbiology, human physiology and nutrition; these 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.
Year 2 modules deepen your understanding of food texture, flavour and taste. You'll 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. Modules on food colloids and food quality assurance directly relate to the research strengths of the School. During this year, we introduce problem-solving activities that relate to actual research/industrial situations.
In your third year, you'll undertake an industrial placement with a food-related organisation. During your placement, you'll carry out an extended project, which will further develop your knowledge. You'll also improve your practical transferable skills, such as team-working, decision-making, delegating, identifying and solving problems, and communicating.
In your final year, you'll 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'll also undertake an individual research project; you'll be given a choice of topics to investigate, which will relate to the research activity in the School or have been suggested by an industrial company.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including two science subjects (including at least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics)
Where an A-Level science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: C in English and C in Mathematics
There is a worldwide shortage of qualified food science 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. We offer a first-class study experience based on leading research, close links with industry, and supportive teaching staff.
There is a range of career opportunities that you could undertake upon graduation. Some of our alumni hold key positions in the food industry, at companies including Kellogg's and Marks & Spencer, with others working in local councils.
Several of our graduates have continued to study for higher degrees, whilst others have chosen to set up their own business with the help of our Enterprise Scholars scheme.
Our industrial placement scheme allows you to gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students' union's Joblink.
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.
Study abroad and 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 placement ('Year in Industry') scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.
An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of organisations in the food industry in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious organisations, including:
During your industrial placement you'll have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who'll keep in touch throughout your placement.
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