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Food and Nutrition BSc (Hons) / FdSc

University College Birmingham
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Open House
On campus
21 September 2020

Program description

Food and Nutrition

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

Why should I choose this course?

  • It covers a vast range of core competencies in the sector including science, the food chain, social and behavioural aspects, health and wellbeing and professional conduct.
  • You will be able to apply your knowledge in practical and relevant ways to different areas such as nutrition, public health, food science, food politics and food manufacture.
  • You will get the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your own career goals. For example, you might want to focus on functional foods, specialised diets or product development.
  • You will get the chance to work in our new Food Science and Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art kitchen facilities.
  • We have fantastic links with the food industry, which means a wealth of opportunities for students with regards to guest lectures, industry research and work placements.

Our Food and Nutrition course will provide a superb grounding for students to go into the food science industry as well as students seeking to continue into the postgraduate specialism of nutrition, sports nutrition and food technology.

- Hannah Boardman - Food and Nutrition Lecturer

Food Science & Innovation Suite 

Our new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Food Science & Innovation Suite comprises: two specialist kitchens, a bespoke sensory evaluation room, a pilot plant and science facilities. All laboratories in the innovation area have been designed with the help of the food industry and replicate the environment that a student will work in after graduation. 

Kick-Start Scheme

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs. 

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Skills for Food and Nutrition
  • Culinary Skills for Nutrition
  • Food Manufacture
  • Food Science
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Public Health and Nutrition

Year 2

  • Contemporary Eating Practices
  • Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Legalities
  • Nutrition in Context
  • Food Product Design Development
  • Research for Food and Nutrition

Plus one option from:

  • Dietary Research in Culinary Development
  • International Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition

Year 3

  • Current Issues in Food and Nutrition
  • Food Supply and Sustainability
  • Nutritional Science

Plus one option from:

  • Principles for Teaching and Learning with Food
  • Nutrition for Performance
  • Nutrition at Key Life Stages
  • Food Technology
  • Research option
  • Research Project
  • Applied Food and Nutrition Project

Please note

The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.


BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition

Continuing studies


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of food industry areas including new product development, the health sector or you can continue your education to postgraduate level in a specialised area such as dietetics. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Health education – both at a local and national level
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Product and menu development
  • Advisory work
  • Research and teaching


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

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About this institute

University College Birmingham

University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with...

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Why study at University College Birmingham

Why Choose Us?

Your choice of college or university will play an important part in shaping your career and fulfilling your ambitions.

It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

So why choose University College Birmingham? Where shall we begin…?

The first thing you need to know is that UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.


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I’ve always been interested in food, so when it came to university, I thought to myself - what better place to study than UCB? There are a lot of course options within the College of Food, which meant it was easy to find a course that suited me. The best thing about studying Food and Nutrition here has been the support I have had from my lect...
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I came to UCB when I was 16 to do professional cookery and went into industry to work as a chef. I saw Food and Nutrition on UCB’s Facebook page and looked at the course on the website. I have always been interested in food and have done the cooking. Now I wanted to see what makes up food, how we eat it and the science behind food. I wanted to f...
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Lucy Webb
I opted for UCB because I really liked the content of their Applied Food and Nutrition course compared to other universities – it’s very focused on the nutrition side, which is the element I’m most interested in. Since coming here one of the things I’ve appreciated the most is the way lecturers make sure absolutely everything is covered in mo...
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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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