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Learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, problem-based learning and laboratory classes, all supported through our online virtual learning environment.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical realities of the subject.


Supporting your learning

  • Semester 1: Blended learning approaches support those with primary degrees outside of food and nutritional sciences, while still challenging those building on primary degrees in the discipline.
  • Semester 2: Modules build on your learning and focus on food science innovation through case studies and product reformulation projects, informed by the latest research.
  • Dissertation: Your learning culminates in a research project that can be conducted at the University or with one of our industrial partners.

Wide-ranging expertise

We are in the top 5 universities for food science in the UK (5th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023). Because of the Department's scale and prestige, you will learn from world-leading experts who are at the forefront of research.

Academics from numerous disciplines teach our postgraduate programmes, so your studies will provide you with knowledge from different areas of food and nutritional sciences. Subjects include food chemistry, human nutrition, food analysis, food microbiology, biotechnology, industrial food processing, sensory evaluation of food, and legislation - everything you will need to stand out in the field.

Enhancing your research skills

In addition to taught modules, you will undertake a research project.

With the guidance of world-class researchers, you'll take part in projects that are often linked to our groundbreaking work within the field. This will not only help you develop your research skills, it will give you an edge in the food and nutrition sectors.

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A unique learning environment

The University of Reading has one of the UK's largest food and nutritional sciences departments, with extensive facilities that enable us to engage in diverse teaching and research, and to simulate and recreate industry conditions.

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Life in the Department

Thrive in a diverse learning environment, underpinned by groundbreaking research and the support and guidance of expert academics.

Master's funding

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate study in the Department of Food and Nutritional studies.

Meet the team


Our expert staff engage in research that tackles key global challenges. They tailor their teaching to reflect the latest trends and technologies.