Taught course

Food Quality and Health

University of Reading · Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

We normally require a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK), in a relevant pure or applied science, technology or engineering subject, and a minimum of one year’s relevant full-time work experience. Applicants should be employed in the food and agricultural industries and remain in this employment throughout the programme. To apply for this programme please contact the Food ATP Administrator directly by email on info@ foodatp.co.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Make use of the largest range of dedicated food laboratories in a UK university, as part of a Department with extensive industry contacts. Our Department is a global player in key aspects of food and nutritional sciences research. Examples include the development of pre- and probiotics, the evaluation of the health impact of functional food ingredients, the study of flavour chemistry and the quality assessment of food processing methods. Recent substantial investment has ensured that we can provide education in highquality facilities. These include a large pilot plant containing processing equipment for food product development work, advanced taste panel facilities, the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition studies and specialist laboratories for assessing human gut microflora. Our industry contacts are extensive and provide significant research funding, and support our teaching programmes. As a Department with a strong research focus, we have a large number of PhD students. Suitably qualified master’s students frequently continue with us on a PhD programme. Our students consistently comment on the welcoming and friendly attitude of our staff. We are enthusiastic about our work and will inspire you to achieve your goals.

• Aimed at food and agricultural industry employees

• Includes topics such as nutrition, health and the consumer, food quality and regulation, food manufacture, and sustainable food production

• Provided by our Food Advanced Training Partnership, the programme is led by the University of Reading in partnership with the University of Birmingham, Leatherhead Food Research International and Rothamsted Research

The safety, quality and nutritional properties of the food reaching consumers depends upon an understanding of science and technology. You will gain the knowledge required to embark on a career within a range of organisations, including multinational food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, major retail chains and smaller companies supplying niche markets. Alternatively, you could go on to study for a PhD. Recent examples of jobs obtained by our graduates have included: Process Technologist with Pepsico International, Quality Executive with Agro Tech Foods, New Product Developer with Bakkavor, Food Technologist with Tesco and Research and Development Technologist with Kerry Ingredients and Flavours.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Qualification and course duration


36-72 months

Course contact details

Dr David Jukes
+44 (0) 118 931 6531