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You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, problem-based learning and laboratory classes, all supported through our online virtual learning environment, to ensure that you receive a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical realities of the subject.

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.

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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Supporting your learning


  • Autumn term: 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.
  • Spring term: Modules build on your learning and focus on food science innovation through case studies and product reformulation projects, informed by the latest research.
  • Summer term: Your earning culminates in a research project that can be conducted at the University or with one of our industrial partners.


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.

Read more about our research