Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Surrey has a great reputation for food science, and I loved the breadth of the programme. I discovered subjects I never thought I’d enjoy such as microbiology, physiology and pathology.

What you'll study

Food Science programmes at Surrey are ranked number one in the UK by both The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and the Complete University Guide 2017.

On our Food Science and Microbiology degree programme, you will learn how beneficial microbes can be used in food production and how harmful ones can be prevented from causing damage and disease.

Programme overview

Our reliance on a supply of safe food, together with the economic problems that arise from crop damage and food spoilage, mean that graduates from this programme are in high demand by the food and beverage industries.

The combination of modules covering microbiology, food composition, food analysis and quality assurance provided by this degree programme equip you for such a career.

As a Food Science student at Surrey, you’ll explore the secret science behind food production, development and safety to enable you to pursue an exciting career within the food manufacturing industry, research institutes, government and consumer organisations.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20
  • Grand total: £20

The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock.


Our degrees are modular and based on a structured programme of advanced study, allowing you to pursue the subjects essential to your degree whilst offering flexibility.

On average, you will have approximately 24 hours of contact time each week (lectures, practicals and tutorials). You will also be expected to undertake private study for a similar amount of time (laboratory write-ups, essays and other coursework).

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


Our degree programmes are enhanced through the use of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you will use equipment allowing you to analyse the genetic make-up of different types of microbes, and specialist computer software enabling the modelling of microbiological systems and metabolic pathways.

For your research project in Year 3, you will work within our research laboratories alongside active researchers, and will have the opportunity to contribute to established research projects being undertaken by the Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have travelled to the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and many European countries and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant and your full student loan if you work in a foreign university laboratory. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World,
with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

We strongly encourage you to take a placement in the UK or overseas with an industrial leader such as:

  • Unilever
  • Nestlé
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Mars Confectionery
  • Waitrose
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Dairy Crest

We place great emphasis on organising a successful, research-based placement, allowing you to extend and enhance your practical abilities and sharpen your professional skills.

To help ensure that you have a successful experience, you will be visited by a tutor on average two times during the year and have one virtual meeting via Skype.

In the competitive world of graduate employment, companies are more likely to consider applicants who have previous professional experience.

Employers may sponsor the final year of your study and many offer our students employment on graduation.

Watch a video of a Microbiology student on placement.

Graduate prospects

Our reliance on a supply of safe food, together with the economic problems that arise from crop damage and food spoilage, mean that graduates from this programme are in high demand by the food and beverage industries.

The combination of modules covering microbiology, food composition, food analysis and quality assurance provided by this degree equips you for a range of careers.

You will be eminently employable in the food industry and related areas and will be able to make an important contribution to UK and global food security through improved food preservation and the provision of safe and nutritious foods.

You will find our graduates involved in product development, food analysis, research, consumer advice, legislation, food safety and teaching.

The majority of our graduates go immediately into the job market and positions often follow naturally from a successful Professional Training placement, but further study comes a close second. This includes taught Masters programmes and PhD studentships.

Graduates over the last few years have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association, Senior Research Officer and PhD
  • Tesco, Technical Development Executive
  • Northern Foods (Solway Foods Factory), Process Development Technologist
  • Danone, Nutritionist
  • Princes Foods, New Product Development
  • Mars Confectionery, Product Design Senior Scientist

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Two core science subjects from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics (Chemistry or Biology preferred). Other subjects such as Food Technology, Home Economics, Applied Science or Environmental Studies will also be considered in combination with a core science subject.

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

74 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers


Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years CD56 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years CD57 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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