Focus Management Consultants Limited

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Food Science BSc

We have put together information about studying a food science related degree.

Reasons to study food science? If you've got a real passion for food, then this is the degree for you. If you love tasting food, cooking your own recipes, and have a desire to learn about sourcing ethical food and also about the importance and effects of nutrition, a degree in food science could put you in good stead for a career doing exactly what you love. You will look at different methods of manufacturing food and also ways of tackling the growing issue of malnutrition and food shortages on poor continents.

What does a food science degree cover? A food science degee will cover various topics, including Nutrition; Dietics; Food Production; Food Genetic modification; Hygiene and safety; Distribution; Packaging; Storage.

How many years is a food science degree? It can be anything from 2 to 5 years depending on the specific deatil of course, the inclusion of a industrial placement and the type of qualification;

Who is the typical 'food science' student? "Any student wishing to join a food science course needs to be a real foodie" says Nicole Moloney, Focus Graduates; "In addition to having a real passion for food, they are often science minded and have a desire to progress in the food industry; There is no gender split, with roughly an equal amount of boys and girls joining food science degrees; They also tend to show a creative streak which can be key in developing themselves as food science professional";

How am I assessed? The testing on food science degrees tends to vary between Universities; You will in most cases be required to sit more exams than coursework, typically at an exam:coursework ratio of somewhere between 60:40 and 80:20;

What criteria do you need to apply? As the majority of the course is science based, most Universities require some form of scientific qualification; Whilst a few Universities will accept an A-Level in food technology, most are looking for scientific based A-Levels such as biology or chemistry; You are likely to need anything between 240 and 300 UCAS points

Where will a food science degree take me? A typical food science graduate is likely to get a job in either food manufacturing or food retailing; Companies such as Heinz and Bakkavor all take on food science graduates every year, whilst Tesco and Asda do the same; Food science graduates work in various disciplines, from New Product Development (NPD) to purchasing to sales and marketing;

Which is the best University for food science? The top 5 Universities for teaching (according to the Complete University Guide) are:

  1. Surrey
  2. Kings College London
  3. Leeds
  4. Nottingham
  5. Coventry

Where can I study a food science degree? Here you can find a list of Universities which offer a food science degree ranked best.