Our BSc Food Science with Business degree aims to develop your scientific expertise alongside business skills, and learn how to analyse food-related issues from a social and economic approach.
Run in conjunction with the award-winning Henley Business School and the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, this course combines expertise from across the University. It is ideal for anyone who wants to work in a managerial, commercial or technical position within the food sector.
You will study subjects such as the fundamental science behind food and nutrition, the processes involved in food production, human physiology, economics, marketing and financial management. You will also gain experience of using key technical skills through sensory evaluation and laboratory-based practicals, and work in our pilot-scale food processing plant.
The University of Reading is a world authority on human nutrition, food chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology and food law. Our staff are actively engaged in world-class research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector. During your final year you will carry out an original project as part of one of our existing research groups, and embark on a venture project within the Henley Business School.
Graduates of this course are recognised as professional food scientists by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
You have the option of studying this degree over four years with a placement year in industry.
Typical offerA Level ABB | IB 32 points overall
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
ABB, including grade B in one core A level science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths)
32 points overall including a 5 in one core science (see list above) at higher level
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma
DDM (Modules taken must be comparable to A level subjects specified)
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
* UK and EU Fee Changes
Subject to the Government passing legislation to raise the minimum fee cap, we will raise undergraduate tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,250 for new UK/EU students applying to start courses in the 2017/18 academic year. You will not be affected by this rise if you have deferred entry to the 2017/18 academic year. The Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.
The tuition fee will remain £9,000 per year for the full duration of this course if you start in the 2016/17 academic year or have accepted an offer but deferred your entry until the 2017/18 academic year. This is unlike other institutions who are planning to raise fees midway through courses.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments
for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living
costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the
UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our
fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Food is Europe's largest and most buoyant industry, and there is a constant demand for graduates with a combination of technical skills and business knowledge.
As a graduate of this course, you will be recognised as a professional food scientist by the Institute of Food Science and Technology. Our graduates embark on careers within the food industry or a related sector, working for companies such as PepsiCo, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Marks & Spencer, Mars, Unilever and McCormick.
Additionally, you may decide to move into other areas, such as teaching, accountancy and environmental health. You will also be well placed to move on to further study.