Food Science and Nutrition BSc (Hons) – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2023

BSc (Hons)
UCAS: BD46
3 years
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BSc (Hons)
UCAS: BD48
4 years with foundation year
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BSc (Hons)
UCAS: BD47
4 years with professional training
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BSc (Hons)
UCAS: BD49
5 years with foundation year and professional training
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Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.

CourseUCAS codeInstitution code
BSc (Hons)BD46S85
BSc (Hons) with professional trainingBD47S85
BSc (Hons) with foundation yearBD48S85
BSc (Hons) with foundation year and professional trainingBD49S85

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Why choose this course

  • Study on an Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) accredited course ranked 2nd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2023 and 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. We have an over 90% satisfaction score for Food Science and Nutrition in the National Student Survey 2022
  • Access our £12.5 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory to acquire practical experience that is essential for a research career and valued by a wide range of employers
  • Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements, where you can work for a range of employers, including the Government, specialised bakery, confectionary, cereal and dairy food companies, as well as nutrition businesses
  • Learn from 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
  • Join the 93 per cent of our biosciences and medicine graduates who go on to employment or further study.*
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A week in the life of food science and nutrition student

What you will study

Food science is a multidisciplinary subject that applies biology and chemistry to the study of food.  

In your first year, you’ll study a broad range of topics, including food science and nutrition, to give you a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree.  

In your second year, you’ll develop your understanding of what happens to the components of food during processing and storage. You'll gain an understanding of the role of food microbiology and how safe, nutritious food can be produced. You’ll acquire an appreciation for the functionality of ingredients used in foods, while exploring the basis of nutrition and the role this has on aetiology and prevention of key disorders, such as cancer.  

In your third year, you’ll have the choice to specialise further, studying topics like food chemistry to continue to evaluate the role of natural and added components in the foods we eat. You will also gain a more in-depth understanding of the technologies used to produce safe and nutritious foods as well as the importance of food security. You’ll also advance your knowledge of the role of nutrition in illnesses like cardiovascular disease. 

Research-led curriculum  

We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to commercial, public health and research-orientated careers. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of our research excellence in the field of food and nutrition. 

Final-year project 

In your final year, you’ll complete a research project, bringing together all the practical, analytical and presentation skills you’ve developed. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own innovative food product, developing an idea, formulating this, then completing sensory testing and food analysis. 

Facilities  

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our £12.5 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, where TV screens are used to show you how to conduct experiments and follow scientific protocols. 

The Laboratory is fitted with the latest industry equipment, that you’ll use to conduct a full range of experiments with. You’ll complete your first practical in your first two weeks. 

The time you spend in our facilities will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with food science and nutrition methodology and develop the practical laboratory experience that’s essential in a research career and valued by a wide range of employers. 

In your final year, depending on your research project, you may also get to use our dissertation laboratory. 

Watch our School of Biosciences and Medicine tour to look around our state-of-the-art facilities

Teaching staff  

You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or clinicians. These may include:  

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
Accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

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.

Our reliance on a supply of safe food, together with the economic problems that can arise from crop damage and food spoilage, mean that graduates from this course are in high demand by food and beverage industries. In your new career, you could be involved in undertaking research into the potential applications of food science, like the development of novel foods.   

93% of our biosciences and medicine students go on to employment or further study 15 months after graduating, with an average salary of £24,852.* Typical roles include: 

  • Conformance managers 
  • Food technologists 
  • Nutritionists 
  • Process technologists 
  • Regulatory analysts.    

Our alumni can be found in industrial research laboratories across the UK, with recent graduates working for:  

  • Apetito 
  • Bakkavör 
  • Leatherhead Food Research 
  • Renshaw 
  • Sainsbury’s 
  • Unilever 
  • Whole Foods Market.    

Many students also use this course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research.    

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2021, HESA. 

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.

Modules

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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follow 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:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition.

Timetables

Course 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. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Teaching

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:  

  Group work (e.g. discussion groups) 

  • Laboratory-based practical 
  • Lectures 
  • Online learning 
  • Role plays 
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials.   

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading. 

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

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including: 

  • Coursework 
  • Essays 
  • Examinations 
  • Practical write-ups 
  • Presentations.  

For a full breakdown of modular assessments, please see the module table (above).  

Contact hours

You’ll have approximately 20-25 contact hours each week. 

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.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBB.

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry, or Biology/Chemistry at grade B and one of: Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science, or Food Technology, Home Economics or Nutrition and Food Science.

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).

Foundation year: A-level CCC (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM 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 Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry 7.5 and a second science or Mathematics 7.5 (5 Period).

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

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.

Required subjects: 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: A-level Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

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

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

International entry requirements by country

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you may be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Foundation

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2023

BSc (Hons)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK
To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed
Professional training
£1,850

BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK
To be confirmed
Professional training
£1,850

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2022/23 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £23 – equipment pack (includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory books, pen and bag). You are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment
  • Commuting (local travel expenses): Unable to specify amount – you are required to pay upfront cost of travel when attending interviews for placement. These can normally be claimed back from the company holding the interview.

Grand total: £23 plus commuting expenses.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

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 nutrition placements

You can choose to work for a range of employers, including the Government, specialised bakery, confectionary, cereal and dairy food companies, nutrition businesses and NHS trusts, to practise and enhance your skills.  

Previous students have gained placements with:  

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

We also have an extensive number of partner institutions that offer placements exclusively to Surrey students, giving you access to research laboratories across the world. Our partner institutions include:    

  • Åbo Akademi University, Finland  
  • Clemson University, South Carolina, USA  
  • Federal University of Goiás, Brazil  
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany  
  • University of Milan, Italy  
  • University of Stockholm, Sweden  
  • University of Wollongong, Australia. 

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Partner institutions 

On our international exchange programme, you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This is typically for a semester or a full academic year, during your second-year studies.  

Our partner institutions include:  

  • Lund University, Sweden  
  • University of Freiburg, Germany  
  • University of Navarra, Spain  
  • University of Split, Croatia. 

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong and Singapore.

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 procedures, the student 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 registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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