Taught course

Nutrition and Food Science

University of Reading · Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

We prefer you to have at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) with a significant element of chemistry and/or biological science.

Months of entry


Course content

* Accredited by the Association for Nutrition
* Become a Registered Associate Nutritionist upon graduation
* Join a Department with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research
* Benefit from the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, which is unique in being the only active human nutrition research group based in a Food Science department in the UK, allowing for better interdisciplinary research

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
UK/EU full-time fee: £8,410 per year
International students
International full-time fee: £18,760 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team