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    Building your mastery of food and nutritional sciences

Degree courses


At Reading, you will have the opportunity to learn from world-leading experts, giving you the best start to your career in food and nutritional sciences.

Every day, the science of food and nutrition affects your life. Our understanding of these subjects has informed public health advice and helped the food industry to develop new products that deliver great taste in a healthy package. Be in no doubt; food and nutrition is one of the most important and exciting science areas today.

“I think the all-round package from the learning experience through to the placement and then actually coming out with some useful experience that allows you to go into your first job, I think certainly from a food degree perspective, you're pretty advantaged coming here over a lot of other places.”

Ben Hills on his Food Technology BSc

What is it about food and nutritional sciences which interests you?

Where does your passion lie? Food and nutritional sciences explores a wide range of subject themes, so we have created the table below to help you decide which of our courses suits you best: the top shows you the names of our courses, the side shows you which themes are involved in which courses. Take a look at each  course theme to learn more, or go straight to the link for the course you are most interested in, which you will find below the table. If you're still not sure contact us.

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Degree courses LIST

 Food Science 
 Food Technology with Bioprocessing
 Nutrition and Food Science
 Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences
 Food Science with Business

Looking for 2021/22 courses?

If you would like to start studying Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Reading in 2021, please view our 2021/22 undergraduate courses.

Professional accreditation

All of our undergraduate degree courses are accredited by the IFST (Institute for Food Science and Technology), which is the professional body for food scientists and technologists in the UK and accredits degrees against the QAA Benchmark Statement for Typical Subject-Specific Knowledge and Understanding in Food Science and Technology.

Our degree programmes in Nutrition, Nutrition & Food Science and Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences are also both accredited by the AfN (Association for Nutrition), which only recognises university courses which deliver evidence-based nutrition education to a professional level. Graduates from AfN accredited programmes are eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists at Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) status.

Gain valuable hands-on experience with excellent facilities

Ours are practical disciplines, and it is very important that you leave university with practical experience. As the largest Department of its kind in the UK with the most extensive and versatile facilities, we provide a breadth of practical teaching not seen elsewhere.

Learning professional skills within industry

We offer unrivalled professional placement year experiences within all of our courses, including opportunities with high profile companies and institutions, ranging from household names to suppliers of branded and own-label goods to the food retail market. Whether your aim is to be a food scientist or nutritionist, you will have the chance to leave with the practical and commercial skills and experience to make you stand out and begin a great career.

Investing in your future

Undertaking a degree is a very rewarding but very serious decision. You need to ensure that you're getting value for your time and tuition fees. In addition to our strong links with industry and unmatched variety of facilities, we believe in a hands-on approach to learning. You will have extensive, regular contact time with professionals at the top of the field.

Multiple paths into the food and nutrition sectors

Do you see yourself as a nutritionist or a food technologist? This sector has the potential for careers as researchers, consumer scientists and diverse other paths. At Reading we have a wide-ranging faculty of specialists from across the food and nutritional fields, which means that we can help you onto your career path whatever your ambitions may be.

93% of leavers were in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from Food and Nutritional Sciences).

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

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