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Food science courses

The study of the properties and behaviour of food. Includes the application of physical, chemical and biological sciences to food systems.

Studying food science at university

Example course modules

  • Research techniques
  • Food nutrition
  • Food processing and preservation
  • Food standards and quality
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition, metabolism and endocrinology
  • Core concepts in anatomy
  • Plant science
  • Cell biology
  • Food science
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Nutrition and the food web

Who studies this subject

  • Female : 70%
    Male : 30%
  • Mature : 36%
    School leaver : 64%
  • Full-time : 75%
    Part-time : 25%

What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Useful to have

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • geography

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition

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