Taught course

Nutrition and Food Science

University of Reading · Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

Please note that entry requirements for 2024/25 have not yet been confirmed. The entry requirements for 2023/24 were:

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0

Applicants are typically required to have at least a lower second-class honours degree (2:2) in a pure or applied science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning may be considered based on relevant work and other experience.

For MSc Nutrition and Food Science, your degree should have a significant element of biological science.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Start your career as a nutrition professional in the food sector with our MSc Nutrition and Food Science.

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN), the independent regulator for Registered Nutritionists.

After graduating you will be eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the AfN. This is via the direct entry pathway, and will strengthen your status as a nutrition professional.

The government’s key requirement of the food sector, to provide nutritious food, encourages experts from industry and academia to work together to improve food standards. Your studies will explore the scientific aspects of food and nutrition, and assess the wider implications of diet on health and wellbeing.

The breadth of the course aims to increase your understanding of:

  • human nutrition
  • the development of healthy eating trends
  • key aspects of food and health
  • food composition
  • food storage, safety, and manufacturing.

You will work with expert academics from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, and as part of your studies, you will work in some of the UK’s largest dedicated food teaching facilities. These include:

  • Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition (HSUHN). This facility has an international reputation for its research into the relationship between diet and the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cancer. The unit’s clinical research informs governments and the food sector. You will have the opportunity to undertake your final project at the Unit.
  • Food Processing Centre. This pilot plant is unique to Reading. There is almost 1100m2 of floor space devoted to approximately £4m worth of equipment. Used primarily for teaching and learning, the plant contains processing equipment for food product development work. No other UK university offers what we do under one roof.

We are proud of our research: the University of Reading is ranked 8th in the UK for research power in Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Sciences (Times Higher Education, Institutions Ranked by Subject, based on its analysis of the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021) and 95% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Sciences). As an MSc Nutrition and Food Science student, you will also have access to – and are encouraged to get involved in – the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of food science and nutrition.

Build on your existing knowledge with MSc Nutrition and Food Science

This master’s course is for graduates with science degrees that have a significant element of biological science.

Your studies will build on your existing scientific knowledge and develop your expertise in human nutrition.

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, such as lectures and laboratory work, and your studies will culminate in a research project. This project can be conducted:

  • within the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • at the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition
  • or with one of our industrial partners.

You can attend this course on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time over two years.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £12,550
New international students: £26,950
Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Scholarships and financial support

For information about the University of Reading’s master’s scholarships, please visit our master’s scholarships page.

You can apply for a scholarship once you hold an offer of admission for your course. If you are eligible for a scholarship, we will contact you to guide you through the process.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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