Published: 01 October 2020

Food science courses ranked 2nd in the UK

Food, nutrition and dietetics courses at the University of Surrey have been ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 have ranked our food, nutrition and dietetics courses 2nd in the UK, matching last year’s previous success. We also ranked 2nd in the UK for sociology, with hospitality, leisure and tourism, Iberian languages and nursing featuring in the top 10, with other subjects in the top 20, including biological sciences, which moved up 22 places.

Most UK universities were included in the league table, which covered all subject areas such as psychology and subjects allied to medicine. Nine measures of performance were used to calculate the rankings, covering all aspects of the student life cycle. These included entry standards, student-staff ratios, services and facilities spend, teaching quality, research quality, student experience, completion (percentage of students forecast to leave with a degree), the number of students who graduated with a first or upper second class degree, and careers prospects, using results from the new Graduate Outcomes survey.

Professor David J. Blackbourn
Professor David Blackbourn

Professor David Blackbourn, Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine, commented:

"This ranking reflects the innovation and passion of our staff within the School of Biosciences and Medicine. Through our hands-on teaching, we aim to optimise human health for the benefit of society, in the face of global challenges such as food security."

Our food science courses are also ranked 2nd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021.

View our full league table rankings

About our courses

At Surrey, we offer three different undergraduate food science courses: BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Nutrition and BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics. Each one offers a research-led curriculum, taught by lecturers who’ve been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of their research excellence in the field of food and nutrition. When you graduate from your chosen specialism, you’ll be prepared to start your career, with many of our alumni working in hospital trusts and industrial research laboratories across the UK, as dietitians, process technologists and product developers.

Food science and nutrition student, Mer Karnchanachari, remarked:

“My course covers a diverse range of topics and you can tailor it to your liking by choosing optional modules that you’re interested in. I really enjoy getting hands-on experience in the laboratory as I find this the best way to learn.”

Find out more about our food science courses

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