You will explore foods to understand their properties and composition, how these change during storage and processing, and how to use this knowledge to maintain and improve food quality and safety. It will be an exciting adventure, in our brand-new science facilities.

Dr Joseph Galani


    The food industry is calling out for well trained professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to help change people’s lives.

    This hands-on course will help you develop expert skills on a variety of scientific fields, including chemistry, biochemistry, biology, human physiology, and nutrition.

    Why study Food Science & Nutrition?

    There is a very strong emphasis on practical work, allowing you to become a well-rounded scientist with a wealth of laboratory skills. You will acquire sought-after laboratory skills valued by the industry, including microbiology, analytical and molecular biology techniques - a clear key strength of this curriculum that sets this course apart from many other degrees.

    You will benefit from specialist laboratories in our new multi-million-pound Verena Holmes Building at our Canterbury Campus. Additionally, our Industry Liaison Lab is located on Kent's leading science business park, Discovery Park, which is a thriving part of the South East’s life science community.

      All about the course

      You will study the biochemistry and physiology of the metabolism of food materials and analyse the physical and chemical properties of food stuffs. You will examine the role of nutrients and non-nutrients on health and disease, and the positive and negative influences of diet and nutrition on human health.

      You will learn how scientific techniques and knowledge are applied in commercial, industry or societal contexts. You will also explore the big issues and challenges surrounding food production from an environmental, social and economic sustainability perspective, including global food security, issues with food supply chain (from field to fork), and local and global policy and regulations.

      Industry Links

      The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent was launched in March 2016. Discovery Park is a fabulous site with well over 100 companies now based there, many of which are active in the science sector.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      GCSE English or IELTS equivalent, GCSE Maths, and ideally including at least two grade C at A level (or equivalent) in two science subjects, preferably Biology and Chemistry.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      How you’ll learn

      You will study the modules listed below. Module descriptors will follow soon.

      Level 4:

      • Biochemistry 1
      • Statistics and Introduction to R Software
      • Cell Biology and Genetics
      • Microbiology
      • Biochemistry 2
      • Human Anatomy and Introduction to Human Physiology

      Level 5:

      • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
      • Field to Fork: Farming systems and food production
      • Food Chemistry
      • Bioinformatics and Data Handling

      Optional modules at Level 5:

      • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
      • Work Placement

      Level 6:

      • Honours Project in Food Science and Nutrition (40 credits)
      • Nutrition and Disease
      • Plant Product Chemistry
      • Advanced Food Chemistry
      • Global Food Security

      You will be taught through a combination of blended learning with workshops, laboratory practicals and seminars.

      Workshops will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor at least once each semester, but you are encouraged to arrange additional meetings as required.

      You will use industry-standard software. You will also have access to specialist facilities and equipment throughout your course.

      In Year 3, you will conduct an independent research project that can cater to your particular interests and skills development. You will be supervised by a member of our academic team and guided in undertaking independent research, data analysis and presentation of your results. Depending on the topic of your project, you may also have the opportunity to collaborate with an industry partner on an industry-relevant research project.

      Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

      When not attending workshops, practical sessions or other timetabled activities, you will continue learning through self-study that will be structured for you by the module leader for each module. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, engaging with online learning materials (videos, quizzes etc.), undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Honours Project module in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of our academic team, with support of other members of the teaching team where necessary. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. They are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is also a formal or 'summative' assessment element for each of the modules. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments, such as laboratory reports, literature reviews, skills assessments, presentations and your final year major project. Some modules also have a formally assessed exam. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      Typically, there will be two coursework assessments weighted at 50% and 40% and a practical skills portfolio weighted at 10%. Some modules will have an exam that replaces the 50% piece of coursework.


      You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader or personal academic tutor.

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      Completing the course will provide you with opportunities to gain careers within food laboratories, food safety and quality assurance, food processing and development and other roles in the general food industry (e.g. sales, food technology).


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

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