BSc Food Science with Business with Industrial Training
Find out how we're adapting during COVID-19.
Gain a competitive edge in the food industry by combining specialist food science skills and business expertise – and spend a year working in industry – with our BSc Food Science with Business with Industrial Training degree.
Taught by experts from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences and Henley Business School, this four-year degree will prepare you for managerial, commercial or technical positions in the food sector. It includes an integrated work placement year in industry to broaden your skill set and enhance your employability.
Become a food science specialist at the University of Reading
- Top ten UK university for Food Science (joint 5th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
- 85% of our research impact is rated outstanding (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- Our food science graduates have the second-highest median salary of such graduates six months after graduation (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, based on analysis of 2017 graduate salaries).
Study with experts at Henley Business School
- Henley Business School is part of an elite group of business schools to hold triple-accredited status from the UK, European and US accrediting bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB).
- Ranked 5th in the UK for graduate prospects in Business, Management & Marketing, Guardian University Guide, 2021.
- Top ten UK university for research quality, Complete University Guide 2021.
You'll combine the essentials of business with the fundamental science underpinning food and nutrition, including:
- food processing and engineering
- food product development
- human physiology
- financial management.
At Reading, you’ll also develop key technical skills through laboratory-based practicals, sensory evaluation, and work in our pilot-scale food processing plant.
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 Henley Business School.
Our BSc Food Science with Business with Industrial Training course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), the industry’s leading professional body.
Accreditation provides an assurance that your degree meets the standards expected by the food industry, helping you to stand out in a competitive job market. You'll also be recognised as a professional food scientist by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Between your second and final year, you will spend a year on a paid industrial training placement. Placements can be located anywhere in the UK, and occasionally abroad. You can expect to earn between £15,000 and £20,000.
In recent years, students have taken on a variety of roles, including quality assurance officers, food technologists and product development scientists. Some placements take place at large multinational organisations but you could also opt for a small independent manufacturing or research company.
Previous students from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences have undertaken placements with:
- Mars Food
- Marks & Spencer
Read about Louisa Andrews, who credits her industrial placement experience as fundamental to securing a job in the food industry after graduation.
You will be given support to secure your ideal placement, including help with your CV, interview practice skills, and guidance from our placement coordinator and team of careers consultants.
Learn more about professional placements with the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Teaching and research facilities
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.
- The Food Processing Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK, with a floor space of 1100 square metres. The Centre contains processing equipment for food product development work, allowing you to simulate and recreate industry conditions.
- The Flavour Centre analyses the chemistry of flavour, which is crucial to developing successful new products.
- The Sensory Science Centre provides high-quality sensory evaluation data, offering valuable insight into how we perceive flavour, taste and texture in food.
- The Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition explores the relationship between diet and the risk of chronic disease.
Our research expertise feeds directly into the topics you will study throughout your degree, giving you access to the latest developments in food science.
Depending on the modules you choose, you will also have the opportunity to use our versatile facilities in your studies.