Taught course

Food Science

University of Reading · Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

You are required to have at least an upper second class honours degree in a pure or applied science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

Months of entry


Course content

* Gain detailed knowledge of the science and technology of food
* Develop the ability to provide industry and governments with an understanding of the science underpinning food safety and quality
* Join a Department with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research
* Benefit from a well-equipped building and training opportunities for further research on graduation

About the Department

Food and Nutritional Sciences at Reading

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 high-quality 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.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team