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    BSc (Hons) Food Technology and Product Development (Top-up)

    Key information

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    Level of study



    1 year (full-time)

    Start date

    September 2024


    Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

    The course

    The variety of food and drink available to us is continually increasing in its quality, diversity, and interest. This course will help you develop the skills to be at the heart of the food development process adding value to a complex and exciting food industry.  Having completed a relevant Foundation Degree or HND programme, you might wish to top-up to BSc (Hons) degree, by studying full-time for a further academic year to develop subject knowledge and understanding appropriate to your individual interests and developing vocational needs.

    Entry requirements

    • Top-up applicants must have a Foundation Degree or HND in a relevant food-related subject.


    Food technologists are at the centre of product design, formulation, food safety and quality assurance in the food industry. Students will have the opportunity to develop excellent food industry knowledge in a subject area recognised by the industry for employment in a wide range of food careers both in the UK and abroad. Opportunity for regular travel is significant as many ingredients are sourced from across the globe.

    Our graduates have an excellent employability rate and record, many being offered graduate jobs whilst on placement.  Graduates can expect to be involved in the decisions necessary to manufacture, develop and improve food and drink products in a dynamic and fast paced environment.

    Course fees

    The latest fees for this course can be found in our fees and funding section. You will also find course related costs, specific to this course in this area.

    What will I study?

    The course structure for 2024 entry is not currently available online. Please contact Admissions for advice.

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    Teaching and learning

    What you study

    Top-up programmes are structured around lectures, tutorials and practical classes designed to augment material covered in previous studies and allow students to develop the subject expertise and depth of knowledge required at BSc (Hons) degree level.

    Teaching and learning

    Top up courses at Harper Adams involve a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions as appropriate for the subject area. In addition, the university has extensive links with food related businesses, and external visits and outside speakers are integrated into the programme. As part of the programme students undertake a dissertation in a subject area of their choice.

    * During the Covid-19 Pandemic the University is delivering blended learning. Government guidance is being constantly reviewed to establish the learning events which can be delivered face to face. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for further details.

    Assessment methods

    Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination.  Coursework assessment methods are wide ranging and include quizzes, in class discussion, presentations to industry specialists, tutorials, literature review-based essays, problem-based assignments, sponsored industry projects requiring oral and written reports, individual and team scenario exercises and experimental work.  Exams include both closed and open book assessment, with both seen and unseen questions and tasks set.

    Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve.

    Course life


    For course related enquiries please contact:

    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000


    Whilst every opportunity has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information on this course page, Harper Adams University wishes to emphasise that the content is regularly reviewed and is subject to change from time-to-time as required. Our courses undergo reviews to ensure they are flexible, relevant and as up-to-date as possible.

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