One of the top ranked Food Science and Nutrition schools in the country, we offer an Institute for Food Science and Technology accredited Food Science programme 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.
The School of Food Science and Nutrition is ranked highly in several league tables. Most recently, we were ranked:
Enhancing your degree
This course offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in industry or studying at a university abroad, both of which provide valuable experience and help your personal development. Both of these schemes add an additional year to your course, taking the total course length to 4 years. There is also the option, subject to satisfactory academic performance, to transfer to the MSci, BSc Food Science (Industrial) degree, on which 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.
The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of food science at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.
Accredited by the Institute for Food Science and Technology
This accreditation signifies that Leeds offers the best possible food-related education, giving students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into employment in the food industry, research, education and the public sector.
Studying an accredited degree programme can help you to stand out to employers because it assures them that you meet the standards of the food profession.
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.
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 dependent on the grades you achieve.
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.
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: ABB 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.
Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students' union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.
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
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. 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 Study Abroad website.
Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek. During your year abroad, you'll study food science at your host institution.
Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.
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.
As a BSc student you may include your industrial placement as an additional year of your studies, or, subject to satisfactory academic performance, transfer to our MSci, BSc Food Science (Industrial) degree scheme in which your study abroad year replaces your third year at Leeds.
If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.
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