Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

At the University of Surrey, our food science programmes are ranked number one in the UK by both The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018.

Our Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to a vibrant research community and an innovative teaching and learning environment. The strength and depth of our research means you’ll not only be taught by internationally recognised researchers, but you’ll also have opportunities to become actively involved in cutting-edge research during your studies.

What you will study

As a BSc Food Science and Microbiology 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 or consumer organisations.

As humans, we rely heavily on the supply of safe food and aim to avoid the economic problems that arise from crop damage and food spoilage. On our BSc Food Science and Microbiology course, you will learn how beneficial microbes can be used in food production and how harmful ones can be prevented from causing damage and disease.

You will study a combination of modules covering food microbiology, food composition, food analysis, food safety, food technology and quality assurance, equipping you for a range of careers.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months CD56 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months CD57 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Food Science and Microbiology placements

We strongly encourage you to take a placement in the UK or overseas with an industrial leader. Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:

  • Unilever
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Tata Global Beverages
  • Sainsbury's
  • Nutricia
  • Yakult
  • Pladis.

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.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

You will be eminently employable in the food industry and related areas. You 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.

Our graduates work in new 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:

  • Senior Research Officer, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association
  • Technical Development Executive, Tesco
  • Process Development Technologist, Northern Foods (Solway Foods Factory)
  • Specialist Technical Manager and Company Microbiologist, Marks & Spencer
  • New Product Development, Princes Foods
  • Product Design Senior Scientist, Mars Confectionery
  • Food Technologist, JF Renshaw Ltd
  • Regulatory Analyst, Leatherhead Food Research.

Study and work abroad

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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

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

If you work in another part of Europe you may 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.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

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.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Programme leader

BROWN J Dr (Biosc & Med)

Assessment

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 modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required subjects: 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. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in 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.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required subjects: At least 7.5 each in 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.

GCSE or equivalent: English 6 (Language 1/2) or 7 (Language 3), and Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

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

Required subjects: This must include 15 credits each in two science subjects.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required subjects: 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.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Maths Scottish National 5,C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

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

Required subjects: 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. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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 associated costs with this course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform - £20
    The equipment pack includes a laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment

Grand total - £20

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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